Brownfield Land Register

Find out about the new Brownfield Land Register which is being prepared

There is a new legal requirement for us to prepare, maintain and publish a Brownfield Land Register. This is a comprehensive list of brownfield sites across the borough that are considered suitable for residential development. The register will comprise a standard set of information, prescribed by the Government, that is made publicly available and kept up to date.

The register must be published by 31 December 2017 and reviewed at least once a year.

What is brownfield land?

Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed, although it excludes land and buildings in agricultural / forestry use and residential gardens. The official definition (see "previously developed land") can be found in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework at

What will be included in the register?

The register must be kept in two parts:-

Part 1 will include all sites which meet the definition of previously developed land and

Entry onto Part 1 of  the register does not guarantee that this site will progress onto Part 2 of the register or receive planning permission.

Part 2 allows us select sites from Part 1 and grant Permission in Principle (PIP) for housing-led development, after undertaking necessary requirements for publicity, notification and consultation. A PIP establishes the fundamental principle for development of a site in terms of its use and the approximate number of homes that the site can reasonably accommodate. A PIP is similar to an 'outline' planning permission. A technical details consent is required in order for the site to be developed.

At this stage we do not intend to select sites for Part 2 stage. We will concentrate on publishing Part 1 in time to meet the 31st December 2017 deadline and begin work on Part 2 once this is completed. 

Next Steps

We are identifying sites to include in Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register (BLR) using existing sources of information, including the most recent Bournemouth Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), responses to our recent Call for Sites, existing planning permissions and pending planning permissions.

Government Guidance

The Government has published guidance to assist with the preparation and publishing of Brownfield Land Registers and information on Permission in Principle

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