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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Site 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.

It 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.

Sites are reviewed and reassessed during regular consultations known as 'call for sites'.  We are currently updating the information but in the meantime you can find more information on our evidence base pages.

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; and
  • Available - The owners have expressed an intention to develop the site.

The register is linked to the SHLAA and needs to be updated on an annual basis, which will be undertaken at the same time as the SHLAA updates.  Please contact the Spatial Policy Team for details and to submit sites for consideration on the register.

The Icon for csv current register (CSV, 13.3kb)  was launched in December 2017.  You can also view sites using our mapping tool:


Contact us
Spatial Policy
03000 261 908
Our address is:
  • Room 4/24
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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