What is the Brownfield Land Register?
A list of previously developed sites that are available and potentially suitable for housing development across the district.
The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 require all local planning authorities to prepare, maintain, and publish a register of brownfield (previously developed) sites that are available and potentially suitable for residential development across the district.
The purpose of the register is to provide up to date information on sites that local planning authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development, having regard to certain criteria that are set out in the regulations.
The register may consist of two parts:
- Part 1 - all sites which are 'suitable', 'available', and 'achievable' for residential development which could be delivered within 15 years; and
- Part 2 - any sites which are given 'permission in principle'. Inclusion on part 2 would grant permission in principle for residential development (the scale to be determined by the Council) and the land owner / developer would have to apply for 'technical details consent' before any development could commence.
There is no requirement to place any sites on Part 2 of the Register. At this point in time the Council does not intend to produce a Part 2 Register.
Sites identified in the Brownfield Land Register do not have automatic planning permission in principle, nor is any permission granted other than through current planning procedures and policy.
The Register is updated annually. The latest update was published in December 2020 and can be downloaded here:
The sites listed in the Brownfield Register are also shown on the online mapping.
This data is provided under the Open Government Licence.
What is brownfield land?
Brownfield land is defined in the National Planning Policy Framework as:
Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes: land that is or was last occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill, where provision for restoration has been made through development management procedures; land in built-up areas such as residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape.
Submitting a site for the register
If you have previously developed land or buildings which have the potential to be used for housing, and which meet the definition of brownfield land (see above) as well as the criteria as set out in the regulations, then we would like to hear from you.
To submit a site for consideration, please send us a clear plan showing the site's boundaries, together with information about the site including its current use, and why you consider that it meets the criteria for inclusion. Please send this information to the Planning Policy team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Site submissions may be made at any time, but we may not consider the site until the next review of the Register takes place. Please note that the Brownfield Land Register is a public document and therefore the details of any sites included are treated as public information.