The Government has brought into force a requirement for councils to prepare and publish a Brownfield Land Register by 31 December 2017.  East Devon's Brownfield Land Register, reviewed to 31 March 2018 is available to view as a PDF or csv file.

The register will help house builders identify potentially suitable brownfield sites for development.  We have prepared a Brownfield Land Register that includes sites that have planning permission, or are allocations in the adopted Local Plan.  The register may also include relevant sites submitted through our Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment or which might otherwise be identified.  

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires councils to encourage the effective use of land by reusing land that has been previously developed (brownfield land), provided that it is not of high environmental value. All sites included on the register have been provisionally assessed as meeting the NPPF definition of previously developed land.

To be included, sites must also be

  • Available for residential development,
  • Suitable for residential development, in accordance with policies in the adopted Local Plan and the NPPF,
  • Free from adverse impacts on the natural environment, habitats or built heritage that cannot be mitigated,
  • Viable and capable of being delivered within 5 years, and
  • At least 0.25 hectares in size or capable of supporting five or more dwellings.

Status of sites

The Brownfield Land Register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission or are allocated in the adopted Local Plan for development.  The inclusion of other sites on the register does not give them any formal status, or grant permission in principle, or in any sense infer that planning permission will be granted for development.

The Brownfield Land Register will be subject to periodic review and through ongoing refinement further sites will be added whilst others may be removed.


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