Brownfield sites

The Government has brought into force a requirement for councils to prepare and publish a brownfield land register by 31 December 2017.  Spelthorne's Part 1 Brownfield Land Register 2017 is now available to view as a pdf icon PDF [273kb] or csv icon csv file [17kb].

The Government's idea is that brownfield land registers will provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local councils consider to be appropriate for residential development as long as they meet the criteria set out in regulation 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017.  Registers will be in two parts, Part 1 will comprise all brownfield sites appropriate for residential development and Part 2 those sites granted permission in principle.  For more general information please see the guidance on brownfield land registers.

We have prepared a Part 1 brownfield land register that includes sites that have planning permission, or are allocations in the adopted Local Plan (Allocations Development Plan Document, 2009).  In due course the register will be extended to include relevant sites that have been submitted through our Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) or appropriate sites which meet the criteria. 

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires councils to encourage the effective use of land by reusing land that has been previously developed (brownfield land), provided that it is not of high environmental value. All sites included on the register have been provisionally assessed as meeting the NPPF definition of previously developed land.

To be included, sites must also be:                                                              

  • at least 0.25 hectares in size or capable of supporting at least five dwellings;
  • "suitable" for residential development
  • the land is "available" for residential development; and
  • residential development of the land is "achievable".

The definitions of "suitable", "available" and "achievable are set out in The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017.

Status of sites

The Brownfield Land Register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission or are allocated in the adopted Local Plan for development.  The inclusion of other sites on the register does not give them any formal status, or grant permission in principle, or in any sense infer that planning permission will be granted for development. The Brownfield Land Register will be subject to periodic review and through ongoing refinement further sites will be added whilst others may be removed