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Brownfield Land Register

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:

  • Part 1 will be for sites categorised as previously developed land which are suitable, available and achievable for residential development within a 15 year timeframe, and meets the criteria in regulation 4(1);
  • Part 2 allows Councils to select sites from Part 1 and grant permission in principle (PiP) for housing led development. PiP will establish the fundamental principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development. However, planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved.

The register will be maintained and reviewed at least one a year. 

What is Brownfield Land?

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

Why has the Government introduced these regulations?

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. 

Brownfield Land Register – Published December 2017

Wyre Forest District Council published its first Brownfield Land Register in December 2017. The register can be viewed here.

The register will next be updated in December 2018.

Brownfield Land Register Site Submissions for 2018

We are now looking at identifying sites for part 1 of the register for December 2018.

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. 

In accordance with the regulations, sites should be:

  • at least 0.25 hectares, or capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings;
  • suitable for residential development;
  • available for residential development;
  • achievable for residential development (development is likely to take place within 15 years of site submission date on register); and
  • previously developed land, as defined in the NPPF, Annex 2.

How do I submit a brownfield site?

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.

Download Form

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 Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Brownfields Register

The register can be viewed here.

Published December 2017


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