The Brownfield Register aims to help housebuilders identify suitable sites quickly, speeding up new homes being built and maximising the number of new homes on land previously developed.
The register, updated twice a year in June and December, includes nationally standard information. It is available to the public and gives certainty for developers and communities and encourages investment locally.
All sites included in the register must meet the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) definition of previously developed land (brownfield land) and also be:
- available (willing landowner)
- in a suitable place for housing and free from restrictions
- viable and can be provided within 5 years or developed later on (eg between 6 and 10 years)
- able to take five or more properties, or more than 0.25 hectares
The register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission or are set aside for development in the adopted Core Strategy or the Site Allocations and Development Management Plan.