Brownfield land register

Local planning authorities are required by the government to prepare and publish a 'brownfield land register' and annually review it.

The register provides details of previously developed sites that are considered suitable for residential development.

The preparation and publication of the register is governed by the Town and Country (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017.

‘Brownfield land' is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2019) as:

"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".

There is published guidance on understanding the brownfield land register.

How is the register structured?

This is the second version of the Brownfield Land Register for the district (excluding those parts of the district located within the South Downs National Park) and includes brownfield sites considered in the Land Availability Assessment (LAA, 2018) or brownfield sites where planning applications have been submitted, that meet the site criteria as set out in the Brownfield Land Register regulations 2017.

Legislation requires that the Brownfield Land Register be kept in two parts:

Part 1 of the register is mandatory and includes sites where the entire site area meets the definition of previously developed land, are of at least 0.25 hectares or capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings, and are suitable (appropriate for residential development), available (development is likely to take place within 15 years of the entry date on the register) and achievable for residential development.

It is important to note that entry onto Part 1 of the register does not guarantee that this site will progress onto Part 2 of the register or receive planning permission.

Part 2 of the register is optional and allows local planning authorities to select sites from Part 1 and grant Permission in Principle (PIP) for housing-led development, after undertaking necessary requirements for publicity, notification and consultation.

A PIP establishes the fundamental principle for development of a site in terms of its use, location and approximate number of homes that the site can reasonably accommodate.

A PIP is similar to an 'outline' planning permission. However, planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved by the local planning authority.

The council at this time has not put any sites on Part 2 of the register.

Can I submit a site for inclusion on the brownfield register?

The Register will be maintained and reviewed at least once a year to make sure it is up-to-date. The Council will continue to run ‘Call for Sites’ as part of the LAA, or specifically for the purpose of updating the Brownfield Land Register.

My site is included on the part 1 register, can I make changes?

If there are any changes to the site such as the boundary please let us know and provide an up-to-date map with a brief explanation of any changes required. We also need to know if the site is no longer available so it can be removed from the register.

This can be done by contacting planning policy by email localplan@easthants.gov.uk.