Planning and regeneration Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

Our 2019 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) shows sites in Manchester that we think have the potential to accommodate new housing in the future. The map tool below allows you to view these sites and shows how many homes each site might be able to accommodate and over what time period (please note that the “post GMSF” timescale shown in the site information boxes is April 2037 onwards).

The sites are in three categories:

  •  Sites that were under construction on 31 March 2019,
  •  Sites that had planning permission on this date but where construction hadn’t yet started,
  •  Sites that did not have planning permission on this date but do have the potential to be developed for housing, called capacity sites (inclusion of a site in this category does not guarantee that it will receive planning permission.)

You can choose which layers to view by selecting them from the 'Layer List' icon at the top of the map, and search for specific streets, areas or postcodes by using the Search tool in the top left hand corner.

See the SHLAA map

How does the Council use the SHLAA?
We update the SHLAA on an annual basis.

We use the SHLAA to demonstrate whether we have a ‘five year housing land supply’. A five year land supply means that we can identify sites, which are expected to come forward within five years from the SHLAA base date, to meet Manchester’s local housing need for that period. In the case of the 2019 SHLAA, the data shows that there are sufficient deliverable sites to meet Manchester’s local housing need for the period April 2019 to March 2024. You can read our Five Year Housing Land Supply Statement which sets out our current local housing need and a list of sites deliverable within the five years from 1 April 2019. Please note that the SHLAA includes additional sites expected to come forward between 2019 and 2024 which are not included in this statement, as the Five Year Housing Land Supply Statement does not include any greenfield sites without planning permission.

The SHLAA will form part of the evidence base for Manchester’s Local Plan and also other frameworks and strategies, by showing which areas within the city have the capacity to accommodate new housing. Infrastructure providers and policy documents will be able to plan for this. In addition the SHLAA can be used by developers wanting to find suitable sites for development in Manchester.

The SHLAA data is submitted to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority each year, to help with the preparation of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

Headline Statistics

  • On 31 March 2019 there were 21,218 homes in the planning process (i.e these are developments which had planning permission that had not expired). Nearly two thirds of these homes were on sites that were already under construction at that point.
  • In addition to the dwellings with planning permission, the SHLAA identified the potential for a further 44,454 homes in Manchester. This makes 65,672 dwellings in total.
  • We think that 55,503 of these homes will be built by 2037 – within the ‘plan period’ for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
  • We think that 24,684 homes will be built within the next five years.
  • 84% of the homes likely to be built by 2037 are flats and 16% are houses.
  • Most of the homes likely to be built by 2037 will be in the city centre and city centre fringe area (69%).

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