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Brownfield land register

A brownfield land register identifies previously developed (brownfield) sites that have potential for housing-led development. A site's inclusion onto Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register does not give it any formal status, or grant permission in principle or in any sense infer that planning permission will be granted for residential development. Similarly it does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission or are allocated in the Local Plan for development.

The land should be capable of supporting at least five dwellings and meet the government criteria detailed below.

Brownfield sites

Brownfield sites are areas of land that have already been built on. They either currently contain buildings and/or structures, or have done so in the recent past.

Previously developed land is defined by the National Planning Policy Framework as land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure. This includes 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 was last occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings
  • has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill, where provision for restoration has been made through development management procedures
  • is in built-up areas such as residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments
  • was previously developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape.

The brownfield land register can be kept in two parts:

  • Part 1 comprises sites categorised as previously developed land which are considered by us to be suitable, available and achievable for housing-led development.
  • Part 2 allows Local Planning Authorities to select sites from Part 1 and grant 'permission in principle' (PiP) for housing-led development.

We do not consider any sites suitable for Part 2 of the Register.

Download the register

The brownfield land register part 1, including accompanying maps, can be downloaded below. The register will be reviewed at least once a year.  

Brownfield Land Register Part 1 (CSV) (ZIP) [7KB]

Brownfield Land Register Part 1 (Excel) (ZIP) [28KB]

Brownfield Land Register Site Location Maps (PDF) [11MB] (opens new window)

Submit a site to the register

You can submit a site to be considered as part of a future review of the brownfield land register. You can download a submission form below.

Brownfield Site Submission Form (PDF) [119KB] (opens new window)

Once you have completed the form, email it to Include a location plan and any other supporting information with your submission form.

Identifying potential brownfield sites for inclusion in the Register requires us to consider:

  • the development plan
  • national policies and advice
  • any guidance issued by the Secretary of State
  • the impact on the natural environment and the local built environment.

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