Brownfield Land Register
The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 place a duty upon local planning authority's to prepare, maintain and publish a Brownfield Land Register.
What is 'Brownfield Land'?
Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed. For a site to be considered as previously developed land it must meet the definition found within Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) (NPPF). Land and buildings in agricultural/forestry use and residential gardens are not considered to be previously developed.
What is a Brownfield Land Register?
A Brownfield Land Register is a list of sites that have been previously developed that have the potential to accommodate housing-led development.
The register for Boston Borough will consist of two parts, as set out below:
Part 1 - a list of all brownfield sites that the council has assessed as appropriate for residential development. This includes sites that have the benefit of full or outline planning permission as well as sites without planning permission.
Part 2 - a subset of Part 1 which will comprise only those sites where the council has decided that the land is suitable for a grant of 'Permission in Principle' (PiP) for residential development.
Part 1 has now been published and can be accessed by clicking the link below:
What is Permission in Principle?
Permission in Principle is a newly introduced consent route which is similar in practice to an outline planning permission. The new PiP route is intended to give developers/applicants more certainty by settling the fundamental principles of development (use, location, amount of development).
A PiP does not amount to a full planning permission and therefore development cannot commence without additional information being submitted to and approved by the Council. This additional information is known as a 'Technical Details Consent' and is similar to an application for approval of reserved matters. A PiP is valid for a period of 5 years.
It should be noted that Permission in Principle is a new tool which will work alongside, not replace, existing routes for obtaining planning permission. PiP can only be granted for housing-led developments.
The Council will be undertaking statutory consultation on sites proposed to be entered onto Part 2 of the register, and thereby granted Permission in Principle, in early 2018.
The register will be maintained and reviewed at least once a year to make sure it is kept up-to-date.