Brownfield Register

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The Government has introduced new legislation requiring all Local Planning Authorities to compile a Register of Brownfield sites within their district. Regulations set out the criteria to evaluate which sites should be included in this register, which include:

  • The land has an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings;
  • The land is suitable for residential development;
  • The land is available for residential development; and
  • Residential development of the land is achievable (this means ‘in the opinion of the local planning authority, the development is likely to take place within 15 years of the entry date’). (Taken from the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017)

The Brownfield Register (pdf) is available to download.

Please Note: In regards to the link for planning history, the Council is unable to give a direct URL due to the nature of the webpage. The link will take you to the planning history search page and if you enter the planning reference number provided in the notes section of the spreadsheet it will display the planning application. Click on this then go to the forth tab ‘RELATED CASES’ and this will display the planning history for the site, if any.

The information in the Register is correct at the time of publication. The Council will carry out an annual update of the Register in line with the guidance from the government. If there are any questions regarding any information on the Register please contact the planning policy team via email:

There is also an interactive map that displays the locations of the sites within the borough.

Please note: Select 'open map in new window' for a large version of the map.

Brownfield Register
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Brownfield land?

Brownfield land is also referred to as previously developed land. This is defined by the government in the National Planning Policy Framework 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. 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 or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time.’ – NPPF, Annex 2: Glossary (

Why is the Register in two parts?

Part 1 of a Brownfield Land Register comprises all brownfield sites that a Local Planning Authority has assessed as 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 of a Brownfield Land Register is a subset of Part 1 and comprises only those sites in Part 1 that the Local Planning Authority has decided would be suitable for a grant of permission in principle for residential development.

The Borough Council's Brownfield Land Register currently comprises Part 1 only.

Is the land on the Brownfield Register promoted by the Council?

No. This is an impartial Register and no promotion has been undertaken by the Council, of any sites. All sites included in the Register have been assessed against the government’s guidelines and only if it meets these criteria is it included in the Register.

Does the Council own land listed on the Brownfield Register?

It is stated in the Register if the land is under public or private ownership.

When is a site removed from the Brownfield Register?

The Register will be updated and re-evaluated every year. A site will be removed if it has started development or has been completed.

Am I able to put sites forward to be added to the Brownfield Register?

All sites that are currently listed are sites that the Council is aware of and meets the criteria set out by the government for a site to be appropriate for the register. If you feel there is a site that the Council should consider for inclusion, please email the planning policy team via:

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