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Brownfield Register

Pilot Brownfield Register

The Government is committed to maximising the number of new homes built on suitable brownfield land and has set out its intention to ensure that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020.

The Housing and Planning Act (May 2016) makes provision for local authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land. The register should identify previously developed sites in the district that we have assessed as being suitable for housing.

The register should comprise a standard set of information, prescribed by the Government, that will be kept up-to-date, and made publicly available, to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas. The registers will then be used to monitor the Government’s commitment to the delivery of brownfield sites.

We were successful in our bid to the Government to become a pilot authority for the brownfield register.

The purpose of this pilot scheme is to test the Government’s draft policy on brownfield registers before it is finalised and brownfield registers become a statutory requirement.  At this stage the pilot Brownfield Register does not include any sites that were put forward in the April 2016 Call for Sites – please see next steps below.

Once brownfield registers become a statutory requirement all Local Authorities will be required to publish one.

The Register is available in the following formats:

» Pilot Brownfield Register, csv ».

» Pilot Brownfield Register, xlsx »


The pilot register comprises:

  • Brownfield sites that have been granted planning permission and are either under construction or not started
  • Brownfield sites that are allocated for residential development in our Core Strategy (2010) and Land Allocations Local Plan (2015) that have been assessed as being deliverable and developable against the criteria in the National Planning Policy Framework.

» Sites shown on a map »

Next Steps

We will publish our statutory brownfield register at the end of 2017, when the Government’s policy on brownfield registers is finalised and the secondary legislation supporting the Housing and Planning Bill 2016 is introduced.

The statutory brownfield register will update the pilot brownfield register to take into account any brownfield sites submitted as part of the April 2016 'Call for Sites' that we have assessed as being suitable for housing.

Following this we will update our statutory brownfield register on an annual basis, which will also include a call for sites.




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