Background Documents

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The Island Plan Core Strategy (including Waste and Minerals) and Development Management Development Plan Document, was adopted in March 2012. 

The council is now proposing to replace the Island Plan Core Strategy, the proposed Area Action Plans and the proposed Rural Area Plan with a single Island Planning Strategy.  This strategy will be a key document in the delivery of the council’s Regeneration Programme and Strategy. The Draft Island Planning Strategy (PDF,5.53MB, 217 pages) is currently being consulted on and you are invited to comment on it's content.

In order to inform The Draft Island Planning Strategy, the council has updated the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)  in line with National Planning Practice Guidance.

The SHLAA is a technical exercise and does not allocate land for development, it examines the extent to which possible sites, including those suggested by developers, landowners and other parties are suitable, available and achievable over a given timeframe.

It is not an identification of:

  • Planning applications which have already been made, or about which there has been pre-application discussion between landowners or their agents and the Local Planning Authority.
  • Planning applications that may be made subsequently.


Appropriate sites may be considered for allocation in the proposed Island Planning Strategy. However, the inclusion of a site within the SHLAA should not be taken to imply that a particular site will be allocated for housing or looked upon favourably when determining planning applications.


 2018 SHLAA Report

The 2018 strategic housing land availability assessment is a comprehensive assessment of all sites that were submitted or resubmitted as part of the council’s call for sites that was carried out during October to December 2017.  It provides a ‘snapshot’ of the potential supply of deliverable and developable housing sites across the Island.

All sites put forward in this process have been assessed using the council’s updated SHLAA methodology which can be found below and builds on National Planning Practice Guidance.

As set out in the council’s SHLAA methodology all sites were considered by a steering group of senior council planning officers before being reviewed by a SHLAA panel consisting of industry professionals and councillors. The council then considered the overall assessment of a site before determining whether it is deliverable, developable, not currently developable or currently not suitable.


Previous SHLAAs can be viewed below

April 2015

SHLAA April 2015 Update (PDF, 1.61MB, 73 pages).

September 2014

SHLAA September 2014 Update (PDF, 735KB, 65 pages).

April 2014

SHLAA April 2014 Update (PDF, 1.69MB, 56 pages).

April 2013

SHLAA April 2013 Update (PDF, 734KB, 32 pages).

Previous versions of the SHLAA were also published in October 2010, April 2011 and January 2012.

Call for potential sites

The Isle of Wight Council undertook  a ‘Call for Potential Sites’, from Friday 20 October until midday Monday 4 December 2017. This information informed the update of the council's SHLAA and contributed to the council’s  Brownfield Land Register.

The council will undertake periodic reviews of the SHLAA and Brownfield Land Register.  If you wish to submit a potential site for assessment please follow the application process:

Application Process:

  • Complete the application form. (PDF,133KB, 4 pages). 
  • The council will need information about the potential site to enable it to be assessed. 

  • A completed form should be accompanied by a map or aerial photograph clearly showing the site’s boundaries. 

  • A separate form and map are required for each site being submitted. 

  • Anyone can submit a site for consideration on the condition that contact details are provided. 

  • Anonymous proposals will not be accepted, as we will need to be able to contact you in the future. 

  • Sites need not necessarily be in your ownership but should be available.

Please note:

Where it is not possible to complete a form in full or you are unsure whether the above criteria would be met, any details will be welcomed.

Paper copies of the application form are available upon request, Please email