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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Register


Find out about our Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Brownfield Land Register and how we develop this.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The SHLAA is a study to identify sites within County Durham which have the potential for housing development - its primary role is to:

  • identify available sites
  • assess the housing potential of each site
  • assess when these sites are likely to be developed

The SHLAA is an essential part of the evidence base for the County Durham Plan by showing that sufficient suitable, available and achievable land is in place for housing over the plan period.

The 2018 version of the SHLAA is available on our CDP: evidence base. You can also view sites using our mapping tool below.

Please note that we are currently working on our next version of the SHLAA, as part of this process sites that we are working on won't be displayed on the SHLAA online web map. If you would like to view the SHLAA sites as published in June 2018 please contact us.

Brownfield Land Register 

We have prepared a register of sites which are considered potentially suitable for housing, or housing-led, development and have been previously developed upon. 

Sites which go on the register need to be:

  • The right size - over 0.2 hectares.
  • Suitable - capable of accommodating development (any problems can be mitigated).
  • Achievable -  they can be developed within the next 15 years.
  • Available - the owners have expressed an intention to develop the site.

The register is linked to the SHLAA and is updated on an annual basis, at the same time as the SHLAA updates.  Please contact us for details and to submit sites for consideration on the register.

The Icon for csv Brownfield Land Register (CSV, 13.3kb)  was launched in December 2017.  You can also view sites using our mapping tool below.

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