Brownfield Land Register
The Government has introduced a requirement for all Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) to publish a Brownfield land Register (BLR) by 31st December 2017. The BLR is a comprehensive list of all brownfield sites in a local authority area that are suitable for housing. The registers will help house builders identify suitable sites quickly, speeding up the construction of new homes.
The Council will have the final say on which sites are on the register and which sites will have permission in principle.
The BLR is compiled in two parts;
Part 1 will include sites categorised as previously developed land which are suitable, available and achievable for residential development
Part 2 will allow LPAs to select sites from Part 1 and grant permission in principle (PiP) for housing led development. There are currently no sites that have been put forward for Part 2.
In order to be entered onto the Brownfield Land Register, sites must qualify as Previously Developed Land (PDL) (see Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework) and be:
A minimum of 0.25 hectares or be capable of accommodating at least 5 dwellings
Suitable for Residential- sites must be appropriate for residential use or a residential-led mixed use scheme, and must comply with national and local planning policies
Available - there must be a demonstrable landowner/developer intention to sell or develop the site
Achievable - sites must be developable within the next 15 years
The register can include sites allocated in the Local Plan or sites from other sources, regardless of whether they already have planning permission, provided they meet the criteria above.
What is Brownfield Land?
Brownfield (previously developed land) land is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 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 has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously developed, but where the remains of the permanent structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time."
If you would like to submit a site to the register that you think could be developed for housing, please send details of the location and availability of the site including an outline plan to the following e-mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org