Call For Sites

About Call for Sites

Harborough District Council’s Call for Sites was open between 26 March and 4 June 2021, and is now closed.

The Call for Sites is an opportunity for landowners, developers, agents, and site promoters to submit sites within or partially within Harborough District which are considered to have potential for development. We are welcoming the submission of potential sites for a wide range of land uses.

Sites should meet the following criteria to be included in the assessment: 

  • It is wholly or partially within the Harborough District. 
  • For housing, it is capable of accommodating at least 5 new homes
  • For economic development (e.g. employment or retail) it can provide a minimum of 0.25 ha of developable land (or is capable of accommodating 500 sqm of floorspace)

There is no maximum size of site. However, please do not submit separate parcels which adjoin or overlap, we need only to see the full extent of available land for the assessment. We encourage those submitting large, strategic scale sites to work collaboratively with adjoining landowners/promoters, where appropriate, to ensure that a coordinated and comprehensive approach is taken in establishing their development potential.

Sites can be greenfield or previously developed (brownfield) land.

Each site submission will require the completion of a separate form. The sites received will be assessed in a new Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), which helps the Council to understand where land is potentially available for development.

All sites need to be submitted using our online form which is accessed via Harborough District Council’s Strategic Planning Consultation Portal, within ‘Current Consultations’. The form automatically saves your progress, therefore next time you log-in a saved draft will be available to use when you are ready to resume your session. You can also plot your site map as part of the online submission, user guidance for the new mapping tool is available to read on screen here, or as a PDF download here.

If you are already registered with the Harborough District Council Strategic Planning Portal, simply log-in with your usual credentials and select ‘Call for Sites 2021’ in ‘Current Consultations’. If you are not yet a registered user, you will need to register to proceed with a site submission.

Please note that sites from previously published land availability assessments (the 2016 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) or the 2017 Strategic Employment Land Availability Assessment (SELAA)) will not be carried forward. For any site to be assessed for the new SHELAA, up-to-date information will need to be submitted to the Council using the online form, to allow accurate assessment of their development potential.

Further details about the Call for Sites are set out in the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions.

Please take a moment to read the Council’s Privacy Policy before submitting your site. Please be aware that site details will be made public upon publication of the SHELAA.

If you have any questions about the Call for Sites please contact us by emailing