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Brownfield registers launched by government

by Paul Addison on April 7, 2017 No comments

It has been announced by Gavin Barwell, the housing and planning minister, that as of now, throughout England local authorities must produce, and retain current registers that list all brownfield sites that are accessible for housing.

These will be available to the public, with the goal of assisting house builders in pinpointing appropriate brownfield sites for development.

Local communities will be permitted to focus on local derelict / underused building sites that will be ready for development.

It has been said by Barwell that to build more homes, brownfield land is “crucial”.

“We need to build more homes in this country so making sure that we reuse brownfield land is crucial. We want to bring life back to abandoned sites, create thousands more homes and help protect our valued countryside.”

The registers will be allowing local authorities and developers to do just this.

In 2016, brownfield registers were launched with 73 local planning authorities across the country pioneered the measures.

‘At the time the government said the councils taking part in the pilots would inform future government policy and guidance on the operation of brownfield registers.’

On top of this, the £3 billion Home Builders Fund will be will be put in place to assist in the development of brownfield sites.

To be granted planning permission through these registers, is in theory, what they permission will be being used for.

It has been said by the government, that this will be offering developers assurance over the decision of if a site is fit for development.

Regarding the extension of permission broadly throughout the planning system, there is additional legislation predicted this year (2017).

A partner in the planning team at Rapleys, Jason Lowes, has mentioned that the statement lacks detail, however he is in favor of the effort to modernize development of brownfield land.

Lowes has said that together the two instruments can hypothetically “lower the initial hurdle” of bringing forward development through the planning system, which “has to be supported”.

Lowes said:

 “The owners, particularly of small and medium-sized sites, would no doubt be pleased with a relatively simple method of getting on the planning ladder, and provide them with early confidence to further investigate the potential of their land. Of course, the success of this venture very much depends on local authorities’ ability to keep the register up to date and implement the new permission in principle regulations. This has the potential to be a real administrative challenge and will require careful management to ensure the opportunity to increase the delivery of housing isn’t missed.”

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