Brownfield Land Register

Councils are required by Government to prepare and publish a Brownfield Land Register ('the Register') by 31 December 2017. The Register provides details of previously developed sites that are available and potentially suitable for residential development.

The preparation of the Brownfield Land Register is governed by The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 and the Government has published a series of frequently asked questions to help people understand their purpose and how they will operate.

The Register is kept in two parts:

  • Part One of the register is now available to view and shows sites categorised as previously developed land which are suitable, available and achievable for residential development. The site plan for each site can be viewed by copying and pasting the url contained in the spreadsheet into a new web page or by clicking on the download links at the bottom of this page.

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  • Part Two of the Register is optional and allows local planning authorities to select sites from Part One and grant permission in principle (PiP) for housing-led development. PiP will establish the fundamental principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development. However, planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved by the local planning authority.

The Register will be maintained and reviewed at least once a year to make sure it is kept up to date. The register has been updated on the 4th Decemember 2019.

What is brownfield land?

'Brownfield Land' (previously developed land) is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) as:

"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 has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously-developed, but where the remains of the permanent structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time."

Call for Sites

To help populate Part One of the Register we are carrying out a 'call for sites'. If you have an interest in previously developed land or buildings which you think has the potential to be used for housing in the future and meets the NPPF definition of 'brownfield land' (above) we would like to hear from you. This information will then be added to information we already have in our Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and identified from other sources.

This will allow us to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of the extent of available and suitable previously developed land in the area. It will also help with any future review of the Local Plan or inform a Neighbourhood Plan.

The initial Brownfield Land Register Call for Sites exercise ran between 20th July 2017 and 1st September 2017 but we would still like to hear about potential sites and these will be considered for the next update of the register. Information about potential sites should be provided by completing and returning a site submission form. The form can be downloaded or alternatively paper versions can be made available on request from the council offices. You are asked to use the form to provide details of sites to ensure consistency of information.

In accordance with the regulations, sites should ideally be 0.25 hectares or larger, or capable of providing at least 5 dwellings. Site submissions must also include a map, plan or aerial photograph clearly showing the site's boundaries. A separate form and map are required for each site being submitted. Where it is not possible to complete a form in full or you are unsure as to whether the above criteria would be met, any details of potential sites will be welcomed.  Please fill out the form to the best of your abilities and if you require help in submitting information about a site please get in touch and we will aim to assist in any way we can.

By Email / Post

Details of sites may also be provided by completing a form, which is available in both paper and electronic formats.  Copies can be downloaded below or alternatively paper versions can be made available on request from the council offices.

The form has been prepared so that it can be filled out on the computer and saved electronically for submission by email, or alternatively, it is suitable for printing, filling out by hand and sending back by post.

Submissions can be provided:

  • by email to: localplan@torridge.gov.uk
  • by post or in person to: Planning Policy, Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG

What happens next?

Sites put forward which meet the definition of brownfield (above) will be assessed in terms of whether they are:

  • Suitable (appropriate for residential development)
  • Achievable (development is likely to take place within 15 years of the entry date on the register)

We may then need to contact you for additional information. Sites listed within the Brownfield Land Register are expected to be subject to the approval of further details prior to development taking place.

As part of any future reviews of the Brownfield Land Register, we would welcome the submission of information to update the Councils on a site(s) already included on the Registers. For example, if the boundary has changed then please provide an up-to-date map and a brief explanation of any amendments as relevant. Also, if the site is no longer available, then please let us know so that we can remove it from the relevant Register.

If there are any changes to a site following its submission please let us know and provide a brief explanation of any changes. If the boundary of a site changes we would be grateful for an up-to-date map and a brief explanation of any differences. We also need to know if the site is no longer available so it can be removed from the register. This can be done by contacting us using the details shown below.

The Brownfield Land Register is a public document and is published on the Council website. The information you provide about sites may therefore be made public.

If details of a site are provided it doesn't automatically mean that it will be added to the register or granted planning permission in the future.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or queries please get in touch using the details shown below:

Planning Policy
Torridge District Council
Riverbank House
EX39 2QG

01237 428700