Brownfield Land Register

Brownfield Land Register

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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 management 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), (July 2018), Annex 2, Glossary, p.70

Brownfields Register

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Published December 2019


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