Pilot Brownfield Register (2016)
Rossendale Borough Council together with Hyndburn and Pendle Councils submitted a joint bid to the Government in February to become a pilot authority to prepare a Brownfield Register. The bid was successful and each authority has compiled a list of sites to be included in its own Brownfield Register.
What is the pilot Brownfield Register project?
The Brownfield Register identifies previously developed land that is available, capable of development and able to deliver 5 or more dwellings (or more than 0.25ha). The Brownfield Register provides a list of some sites that are suitable for housing within the Borough.
During the pilot project Rossendale, together with Pendle and Hyndburn Councils, provided feedback to the Department for Communities and Local Government on the process of creating the pilot register. This feedback will inform the secondary legislation (the Regulations) and associated guidance.
The Government provided guidance on how to prepare the Pilot Register. Rossendale used information from the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLA), Site Assessments carried out in 2015, the Call for Sites (March 2016) and Pre-Planning Applications to identify sites, which were then assessed against the suitability criteria set out in the Pilot Brownfield Register Manual . This criteria includes: being available; able to deliver 5 or more dwellings (or be more than 0.25ha); and capable of development (i.e. suitable for residential development and “free from constraints that cannot be mitigated”.
Rossendale’s Pilot Brownfield Register
The Pilot Brownfield Register for Rossendale (2016) can be downloaded below. It is a “.csv” file in accordance with open standard format - Rossendale Brownfield Register .
What happens next?
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 sets out the primary legislation to introduce Registers of Land. The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 came into force on 16th April 2017 and require every Local Planning Authority to publish a Register by 31st December 2017 and to review the entries in this Register at least once a year.
It is expected that further guidance will be issued in due course by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).