Brownfield Land Registers
Commercial Property Solicitor, Robbie Mather, outlines the Government's new plan to tackle the chronic undersupply of new housing in the UK.
In response to a chronic undersupply of new housing the Government is leaving no stone unturned in a desperate search for suitable housing sites.
So desperate in fact, and so conscious of all the previously developed land lying dormant, that it has introduced a requirement for local authorities to prepare, publish and maintain a register of all brownfield land in their areas.
The register will be in two parts:
- The first part will contain all land considered as suitable for a residential development on brownfield land.
- The second part will contain sites that were considered suitable and have progressed so that they benefit from a planning permission in principle (PIP), which is similar to outline planning permission.
The registers will be published locally, providing transparent information about suitable and available sites. Pro-active developers will then be able to snap them up and build the much needed houses. Everyone’s a winner.
As ever with planning, the devil is in the detail and there are a number of definitions and conditions which must be met. The register must be completed by 31st December 2017. To meet this timeframe most local planning authorities are inviting details of the brownfield land considered suitable for housing to be presented no later than November 2017.
If you own land that has been previously developed and has the potential to accommodate a residential development, we would be more than happy to talk you through the process.
About the author
Robbie is a Partner and head of the Commercial Property team.