Brownfield Land Register

What is a Brownfield Land Register?

The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 require local planning authorities to prepare, maintain and publish registers of previously developed (brownfield) land. Brownfield Land Registers are intended to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development.

The register can consist of two parts:

  • Part 1 is a list of all sites considered to be appropriate for residential development;
  • Part 2 (optional) is made up of sites which have been taken forward from Part 1 of the register and given planning permission in principle.

In order for sites to be included in Part 1 of the register, entries must meet the following criteria:

  • the site must be classified as previously developed land, as defined by the glossary to the National Planning Policy Framework;
  • the site should be at least 0.25 hectares in size or 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 within 15 years.

Detailed guidance on brownfield land registers is included in the National Planning Practice Guidance and the format of the register is prescribed in the Brownfield Land Registers Data Standard published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Viewing the Brownfield land register

The council’s Part 1 Brownfield Land Register 2020 was approved on 9 December 2020 by the Portfolio Holder for Planning. The register contains:

  • Brownfield sites with extant planning permission or a resolution to grant planning permission as at 31 March 2020;
  • Brownfield sites allocated for residential development in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy;
  • Sites subject to Local Development Orders; and
  • Sites submitted to the council for inclusion within the register and assessed as being suitable, achievable and available for residential led development in accordance with the council’s published brownfield land register methodology 2020 (PDF, 292KB).

Brownfield Land Register 2020

The documents can also be viewed via the council's Open Data webpages.

The Brownfield Land Register is published under the Open Government Licence.

What happens next?

The council is required to review and update the brownfield land register on an annual basis. The production of the next annual update in 2021 will commence following the publication of the council’s annual housing land monitoring report, which will be to a base date of the 31 March 2021.

We welcome the submission of sites to be considered for inclusion within next years’ update of the Brownfield Land Register (2021). If you wish to submit a site for consideration, please complete the site submission form. The form must be completed and returned with a suitable location map showing the boundaries of the site.

Sites will be reviewed against the criteria in the relevant regulations and the council’s site assessment methodology.

If you have any questions regarding the brownfield land register, require a different format or need help completing the form, please contact the Strategic Planning Team at