Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

Our Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) assesses the amount of land that is available for housing development in the local area.

This is a key part of the Local Plan evidence base because it looks at whether Harlow has enough land to meet the community's need for homes.

The assessment’s main role is to:

  • identify sites with potential for housing
  • assess their housing potential
  • assess when they are likely to be developed

The assessment does not decide whether a site should be developed, this is still done through the Local Plan or a planning application.

We last carried out an assessment in 2014. You can read the report from that assessment: