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Brownfield Land Register

Brownfield Register

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has prepared a Brownfield Land Register in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 and the Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017. The Council first published Part 1 of its Brownfield Register on the 22nd December 2017. The 2017 Regulations require that the Register be updated on an annual basis from the date the first Register was published.

Brownfield land registers are intended to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider are appropriate for residential development. The Government hopes that this will help housebuilders identifying suitable sites quickly and speeding up the construction of new homes.

The register can consist of two parts:

Part 1 is a list of all sites considered to be appropriate for residential development; and

Part 2 is made up of sites which have been taken forward from Part 1 of the Register and given Planning Permission in Principle (PIP).

Part 1 of a register is comprised of sites appropriate for residential development, providing they meet the following criteria:

  • the site must be classified as Previously Developed Land, as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • the site should be at least 0.25 hectares in size or capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings;
  • the land is suitable for residential development;
  • the land is available for residential development; and
  • residential development of the land is achievable within 15 years.

Part 2 of a register is optional and allows the Council to select sites from Part One and grant Permission in Principle (PiP) for housing led development.  PiP will set out the principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development.  However planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved by the Local Planning Authority.  The Council does not anticipate any sites in Part Two at this stage.

Detailed guidance on brownfield land registers was published on 28 July 2017 through National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG). The format of the brownfield land register is set out in the Brownfield Land Registers Data Standard published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and this requires that the register is provided in a spreadsheet style and published in a standard data format.

Part 1 of the Register includes all sites which meet the relevant criteria regardless of their planning status. It also includes sites with extant full planning permission or outline planning permission, as well as sites without planning permission.

The latest Newcastle-under-Lyme Brownfield Register is available to view using the link below. It is reviewed and updated at least once a year to ensure it is up to date.

The Brownfield Land Register Part 1 (CSV file) and the INSPIRE compliant polygons, required by the Regulations, can be seen on the GOV.UK website in due course.  The CSV file is also published below:

The below site maps relate to a selection of the sites contained within the Brownfield Register:


More information will be published on this page when available. For any other queries please contact the planning policy team.



Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

National Planning Practice Guidance

Brownfield Land Registers Data Standard

Government Guidance on Permission in Principle


Last updated 21 December 2018

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