Brownfield Land Register

The Government is committed to maximising the number of new homes built on suitable brownfield land and has set out its intention to ensure that 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020.

The Housing and Planning Act (May 2016) makes provision for local authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land. The register should identify previously developed sites in the district that we have assessed as being suitable for housing.

The register should comprise a standard set of information, prescribed by the Government, that will be kept up to date, and made publicly available, to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas. The registers will then be used to monitor the Government’s commitment to the delivery of brownfield sites.

For more information about the Brownfield Land Register Regulations, please visit the Government's Legislation website.

For more information on the Brownfield Land Register and 'Permission in Principle', please view the following document:  Department for Communities and Local Government - Questions and answers for Brownfield Registers and Permission in Principle (PDF 224KB).

What is brownfield land?

‘Brownfield' (previously developed land) land is defined in Annex 2 of the  National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (PDF 869KB) 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."

Our brownfield register (BFR) aims to provide publicly available information on all known brownfield sites. It will contain data and maps of sites identified from site submissions and collated from the existing data sources of Dacorum's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), existing planning permissions and pending planning decisions. This register will be updated as new site information comes forward, and to remove sites where development has taken place.

Next steps

We will publish our first Brownfield Land Register (BLR) in late December 2017*, along with a link to our interactive mapping page.

The BLR will update the existing information held in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assembly 2016 (SHLAA) and our Site Allocations 2017, which take into account any brownfield sites submitted as part of a previous 'call for sites' that may be suitable for housing.

The register will be in two parts. Part 1 is a comprehensive list of identified brownfield sites, while Part 2 is a list of sites we think is appropriate to give Permission in Principle. These will be housing-led developments, identified using set criteria and consultation.

*The date of the first register will be the date of publication in each subsequent year.

Call for sites

As part of the project to inform our ongoing BLR, an annual ‘call for sites’ will be made around the autumn of each year. The next BLR call for sites starts on Wednesday 1 November and runs until 13th December 2017. Please visit our call for sites page for more information.

Following this consultation we hope to identify sites that could be considered for Permission in Principle by the end  of March 2108. Consultations on potential Part 2 sites will take place between April and August 2018, after which any proposed sites for the annual review of the BLR will be put forward to Council for their approval. However, if you have a site that may be of interest to us outside of the call for sites consultation, or you wish to be added to our consultation/update list, then please get in touch.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Brownfield Land Register Officer, Jo Deacon.
Telephone: 01442 228366