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, they 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
  • 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  MHCLG .

Viewing the brownfield land register

The council has prepared a part 1 brownfield land register, which was approved at the meeting of the Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Regeneration on 18 December 2017. It includes sites which had full or outline planning permission and resolutions to approve planning permission subject to the signing of a S106 legal agreement and also includes sites that are allocated in the Local Plan Strategy.  The information in the register has been drawn from the Housing Monitoring Update 2017.

The part 1 brownfield register is also available to download as a CSV file:

What happens next?

The council is required to review and update the brownfield land register on an annual basis. 

We carried out a ‘call for sites’ between 12 June and 27 July 2018 when we asked landowners, developers and interested parties to submit sites for consideration for inclusion in the updated register.  The sites submitted will now be assessed and it is anticipated that an updated register will be published towards the end of the year.

We welcome the submission of new sites to be considered for inclusion within the brownfield land register. However as the register is updated on an annual basis, the site may not be assessed for inclusion in the register until the next review in 2019.

If you wish to submit a site for inclusion in the brownfield land register, please complete the call for sites form. The form must be completed and returned with a suitable location map showing the boundaries of the site. All sites submitted will be assessed against the criteria in the relevant regulations.

If you have any questions regarding the brownfield land register or require help completing the form, please contact the Spatial Planning Team at planningpolicy@cheshireeast.gov.uk.