A new duty has been placed on local planning authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land (previously developed land) which is suitable for residential development.

The register must be published by 31 December 2017 and reviewed at least once a year.

The register must be kept in two parts:

  • Part 1 will be a comprehensive list of brownfield sites across the District that are considered suitable for residential development regardless of their planning status.  
  • Part 2 is a subset of Part 1 and will include only sites which the authority considers that permission in principle (which is a new planning consent route) should be granted. The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 provides that sites entered on Part 2 of the registers will be granted permission in principle.

The Government has published guidance to assist with the preparation and publishing of the brownfield land registers and information about permission in principle. The Government considers that local planning authorities already have well established processes to identify sites that may be suitable for inclusion in brownfield land registers and that authorities should consider how these processes can be integrated. The Policy team has started work in relation to these new duties and further updates will be available here in due course.