We are required by government to prepare, maintain and publish a register of previously developed land (commonly known as “brownfield land”) which is potentially suitable for residential development.
The Brownfield Land Register (BLR) is to be kept in 2 parts:
The register will be published by 31 December 2017 and will be maintained and reviewed at least one a year.
Brownfield land is previously developed land. For a site to be considered as previously developed land it must meet this definition.
Previously developed land: “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.”
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), Annex 2, Glossary, p.55
The register is intended to speed up development and ensure everyone is aware of the extent of brownfield land potential in the district. It will also be used during the Local Plan review.
We are now looking at identifying sites for part 1 of the register.
If you have previously developed land or buildings which you think have the potential to be used for housing in the future and meet the NPPF definition of ‘previously developed land’ (above), then we would like to hear from you. This information will then be added to our existing sources of information on brownfield land, including information we already have in our Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA).
This will enable us to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of the extent of available and suitable previously developed land in the district. It will also help to inform the Local Plan review.
In accordance with the regulations, sites should be:
Information about potential sites should be provided by completing and returning the Brownfield Land Register Site Submission Form. You are asked to use the form to provide details of sites to ensure consistency of information. Site submissions should also include a map showing clearly the site’s boundaries.
You can complete the form on your computer, save it and email it to us on the address below or print it out for completion and post it to us. Please remember to include a map.
Post: Planning Policy, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF
Completed forms should be returned to us by 5pm on Thursday 9 November 2017.