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Brownfield Land Register

Brownfield Land Register

What is a Brownfield Land Register?

In April 2017 the Government introduced a requirement for Local Planning Authorities to publish a Brownfield Land Register by 31 December 2017.  A Brownfield Land Register is a list of sites that have been previously developed that are potentially suitable for housing-led development.

A public consultation was recently undertaken, and NKDC is currently working towards producing its Brownfield Land Register.

What is Brownfield land?

Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed, although it excludes land and buildings in agricultural/forestry use and residential gardens.  Further guidance on the definition of Brownfield Land can be found in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework. 

What will be included in the Register?

The Register is required to be kept in two parts:

  • Part 1 will contain sites categorised as previously developed land which are considered by the Council to be suitable, available and achievable for housing-led development.
  • Part 2 allows Local Planning Authorities to select sites from Part 1 and grant ‘permission in principle’ (PiP) for housing-led development.  A PiP establishes the fundamental principles of development of a site in terms of its use and the approximate number of homes that the site can reasonable accommodate.  A PiP is similar in practice to an ‘outline’ planning permission, and further approval from the Council, in the form of ‘technical details consent’ is required in order for a site to actually be developed.

The Register will be reviewed annually.