Brownfield Land Register

Local planning authorities are required to compile and maintain a Brownfield Land Register under the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017(link is external).

The purpose of the Brownfield Land Register is to provide details on sites that the local planning authority considers to be appropriate for future residential development. It allows potential developers to easily identify the land within the Tendring District that is readily developable.

Further guidance on the Brownfield Land Register can be found in the Government's Planning Practice Guidance(link is external).

What is brownfield land?

˜Brownfield' land (previously developed land) is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework(link is external) as:

"Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously developed, but where the remains of the permanent structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time."

The Brownfield land register

In accordance with the Regulations, the Council's identified sites meet the following criteria:

  • land with an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least five dwellings
  • land that is suitable for residential development
  • land that is available for residential development
  • residential development of the land is achievable.

Given the purpose of the Brownfield Land Register, it does not include sites with planning permission that were under construction at the time of publication. The regulations require the register to be kept in two parts and be updated at least once a year:

Part one

Part One of the Brownfield Land Register will comprise all brownfield sites that a local planning authority has assessed as appropriate for residential development.

Part two

Part Two of the Brownfield Land Register is a subset of Part One. Part Two will comprise only those sites in Part One that the local planning authority has decided would be suitable for a grant of permission in principle for residential development. The Council has not considered sites for inclusion in Part Two of the register at this stage.

Tendring's brownfield land register

The Brownfield Land Register was updated in May 2022, and can be accessed at the following link:

For any enquiries regarding the brownfield land register please contact the Planning Policy Team sends e-mail) or call 01255 686177.


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