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The Brownfield Land Register is a list of Previously Developed (or Brownfield) sites that have the potential to accommodate residential development. 

How to 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 must be kept in two parts:

  • Part 1 - A list of all the brownfield sites categorised as Previously Developed Land (PDL), which are considered suitable, available and achievable for residential-led development. 
  • Part 2 is a subset of the Part 1 Register and comprises those sites that the Council 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.

The first Brownfield Land Register was published in December 2017. The Brownfield Land Register must be reviewed at least once a year. We undertook a Call for Sites during October 2022. No new sites, that met the requirements of the Regulations, were submitted for residential development.

The Brownfield Land Register 2022/23 is available for download below.

Please note: Site boundary maps are unavailable to view at this time due to a technical issue.

We would expect this to be resolved soon.

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

  • Previously developed land - Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including 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; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill, where provision for restoration has been made through development management procedures; land in built-up areas such as residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape.”
  • A minimum of 0.25ha or be capable of accommodating at least 5 dwellings.
  • Suitable – Sites must be appropriate for residential-led development, having regard to the National Planning Policy Framework 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.

Call for sites

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

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.

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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.

Planning Policy

Stevenage Borough Council

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