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% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission by 2020.

The council is legally required to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield (previously developed land) within the district. Brownfield land registers are intended to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development. The register should be 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.

What is brownfield land?

'Brownfield' (previously developed) land is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF) 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 register

Our brownfield register aims to provide publicly available information on all brownfield sites consider appropriate for residential development. It will contain data and maps of sites identified from site submissions, as well as collated from the existing data sources of Chichester District's current Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).  Also incorporated is forthcoming Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) and 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.

The Brownfield Land register is in 2 parts:

  1. Part 1 is a list of all brownfield sites that have been considered appropriate for residential development;
  2. Part 2 is made up on sites which have been taken forward from Part 1 of the register and given Permission in Principle (PiP).

The council is required to publish Part 1 of its register by 31 December 2017, and the register should be updated annually.

The council have also produced a summary of the Brownfield Land register which sets out the information contained in the register, plus details of the methodology and site assessment process in a more accessible format.

Part 1: Criteria for inclusion

In order for sites to be included in Part 1 of the register they must be considered appropriate for residential development, and are required to meet the following criteria:

  • The site must meet the definition of 'previously developed land' as set out in Annex 2 of the NPPF;
  • The site must be at least 0.25 hectares in size, or capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings;
  • The site must be 'suitable' for residential development - the land has extant planning permission for housing or housing-led development; has been allocated for development in the Local Plan, Site Allocations DPD or a Neighbourhood Plan; or is considered appropriate under Local Plan policy;
  • The site must be 'available' for residential development - there is no impediment to development in terms of either ownership issues or legal constraints on the land; and
  • Development of the land must be considered 'achievable' - the land will be developed within 15 years.

Part 2: Permission in principle

Where a site is granted permission in principle, it must then be followed by an application for technical detail consent to agree the details of the scheme before obtaining full planning permission.

We hope to identify sites that could be considered for permission in principle by the end of March 2018. Consultation on Part 2 sites will take place between April and August 2018, after which any proposed sites for the annual review of the brownfield sites 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.

Further information

Further information regarding the preparation of the brownfield land register was published as part of the National Planning Practice Guidance in July 2017. The department for communities and local government has also created a data standard setting out the requirements for the format of the register.