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Brownfield sites register

What is a brownfield site / previously developed land?

The Government defines brownfield sites (or previously developed land) as land which has already been built on and either currently contains buildings/structures, or has done so in the recent past (Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework, 2012).

Brownfield sites do not include:

  • land occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings
  • certain minerals and waste disposal sites where restoration plans are in place
  • land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments
  • land where the previous development have blended into the landscape.
About the register

Local planning authorities in England are required to prepare, maintain and publish registers of previously developed (brownfield) land (Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017).

Brownfield land registers provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development. Registers are published locally as open data and provide transparent information about suitable and available sites.

Registers can have two parts:

  • Part 1 comprises all brownfield sites appropriate for residential development, including sites with extant full planning permission, outline planning permission and permission in principle as well as sites without planning permission
  • Part 2 comprises only those sites in Part 1 that the local planning authority has decided that the land would be suitable for granting permission in principle for residential development.

We don’t currently consider any sites suitable for Part 2.

The register will be reviewed at least once a year.

What is included in the register?

The National Park Authority’s brownfield register as of December 2017 includes 17 sites. The exact location of the sites can be identified by geographical coordinates and there is also a link to the site plan. Furthermore, the register includes information about size, ownership, planning status and planning history of the brownfield site.
The register can be viewed and downloaded on the right.

Find out more

Please contact the Policy Team on 01590 646600 or to discuss the brownfield land register.

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