Brownfield Land Register

The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 require Local Planning Authorities to prepare, maintain and publish Brownfield Land Registers

The Register is a list of Previously Developed (or Brownfield) sites that have the potential to accommodate residential development. The Register must be kept in two parts:

  • Part 1 comprises all sites categorised as Previously Developed Land (PDL), which have been assessed to be suitable, available and achievable for residential development according to the criteria set out in the Regulations.
  • Part 2 is a subset of the Part 1 Register and comprises those sites that the Local Planning Authority deem suitable to grant ‘Permission in Principle (PiP)’. PiP is similar to an outline planning permission in that it establishes the fundamental principles of development (in terms of the use, location and number of homes), but a further Technical Details Consent is required prior to any development commencing.

In order to be entered onto the Brownfield Land Register, sites must be:

  • Previously Developed Land (as defined within the NPPF)
  • A minimum of 0.25ha or be capable of accommodating at least 5 dwellings
  • Suitable – sites must be appropriate for residential use or a residential-led mixed use scheme, and must comply with national and local planning policies
  • Available – there must be a demonstrable landowner/developer intention to sell or develop the site
  • Achievable – sites must be developable within the next 15 years

The register can include sites that are allocated within the Local Plan and those sites that already have planning permission, as well as any newly identified sites.

The first Brownfield Land Register must be published by 31 December 2017 and registers must be reviewed at least once a year.

Once published, the Brownfield Land Register will be available to view on this webpage.

Call for sites

We are currently asking for sites that meet the above criteria to be submitted to the Borough Council, so that they can be considered for entry onto the Brownfield Land Register.

If you own or have an interest in a site that you wish to submit for consideration, please complete the ‘site submission’ form below.

A separate form must be completed for each site being submitted and each form must be accompanied by a map at a suitable scale showing the site location. Please return completed forms to planningpolicy@stevenage.gov.uk.

The deadline for the submission of sites is 31 October 2017.

Once submitted, sites will be assessed by officers to determine whether they meet the criteria for entry. If eligible, sites will be added to the Brownfield Land Register.