Brownfield land register

Local planning authorities are required to compile and maintain a Brownfield Land Register under the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017.

The purpose of the Brownfield Land Register is to provide details on sites that the Local Planning Authority considers to be appropriate for future residential development. It allows potential developers to easily identify the land within the City that is readily developable.

Further guidance on the Brownfield Land Register can be found in the Government's Planning Practice Guidance.

What is brownfield land?

‘Brownfield' land (previously developed land) is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework 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."

The Brownfield Land Register

In accordance with the Regulations, the City's identified sites meet the following  criteria:

  • land with an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least five dwellings;
  • land that is suitable for residential development;
  • land that is available for residential development; and
  • residential development of the land is achievable.

Given the purpose of the Brownfield Land Register, it does not include sites with planning permission that were under construction at the time of publication. The regulations require the register to be kept in two parts and be updated at least once a year:

  • Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register will comprise all brownfield sites that a local planning authority has assessed as appropriate for residential development.
  • Part 2 of the Brownfield Land Register is a subset of Part 1. Part 2 will comprise only those sites in Part 1 that the local planning authority has decided would be suitable for a grant of permission in principle for residential development. Given that Cambridge City Council is about to adopt it's new Local Plan, the City's  register does not currently have any Part 2 sites.

Cambridge Brownfield Register

Brownfield sites

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