Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

Strategic Land Availability Assessments form a key element of the evidence base underpinning the production of the Council’s Local Plans.

2016 Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment:

West Somerset Council is currently inviting developers and landowners to promote land in the District that might be suitable for new homes and jobs - including affordable housing, gypsy and traveller sites, self-build and/or employment development. This call for sites has been jointly issued with Taunton Deane Borough Council.

A preliminary assessment of each site promoted will be made by Council Officers against relevant national and Local Policies (such as Flood Risk, Highways, Ecological Regulations and Planning Policy).  A relevant panel of experts will then assist in the selection of sites for inclusion in Housing and Employment Land Availability reports. Putting a site forward does not automatically mean that it will be allocated or that its development will be supported by the Council.  However all suggestions will be considered.

The Council issued a Call for Sites for the 2016 SHLAA which closed on 30th November 2016. If you have a site that you wish to be considered in the future, please email your details to, and we will contact you with information regarding any future Call for Sites. It should be noted that the Council can only accept forms received from landowners or developers / agents acting on their behalf under direction.

If you have any questions contact us
Post: Planning Policy Team, West Somerset Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton. TA4 4QA

Historical SHLAA documents:

The West Somerset 2010 SHLAA was signed off by the Somerset Housing Market Partnership on 25th March 2010, the study having been prepared in compliance with the SHLAA methodology adopted by the Partnership in the light of then current government guidance.

The SHLAA provides an assessment of over 80 sites that were nominated for consideration as land that could potentially be allocated for residential use in the future.  It provides a brief analysis of past supply and demand, looking at trends and changes in housing provision.  The SHLAA provides for each site:

  • an indicative figure of the potential number of houses which could be accommodated,
  • an estimate of when delivery could start,
  • an estimate of the time it could take for each site to be built out, and;
  • any potential constraints that could affect delivery of individual sites. 

All the sites were assessed by an independent Panel of experts, comprising representatives from local, regional and national organisations.  These included housebuilders, estate agents and housing associations. 

In 2015, the SHLAA was updated with a renewed call for sites, following consideration of the sites put forward, an updated SHLAA was published. 

The 2010 and 2015 SHLAA documents are available to view and download on the right hand side of this page.

The consideration of land through the SHLAA process, does not imply that it would necessarily either be allocated for development, or receive planning consent for housing should a planning application then be submitted.  The information contained in the SHLAA will however inform and influence the strategy, policy and their justification included in subsequent Local Plans and related documents.