West Berkshire Council

Brownfield Land Register

A list of previously developed sites that are available and potentially suitable for housing development across the district

New regulations require all local planning authorities to prepare, maintain, and publish a register of brownfield (previously developed) sites that are available and potentially suitable for residential development across the district.

The purpose of the register is to provide up-to-date information on sites that local planning authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development, having regard to certain criteria that is set out in the regulations.

The register is kept in two parts:

  • csv icon Part 1 [32kb] shows sites categorised as brownfield land which are suitable, available, and achievable for residential development. The sites on Part 1 of the register can also be viewed on the West Berkshire Online Map. It should be noted that the sites on the register include those with planning permission (but where development is incomplete) or which are allocated in the Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document. The area mapped for these sites is either the planning application area or the allocated site boundary which may include some undeveloped (greenfield) land. Future updates to the register will map only the previously developed land.
  • Part 2 of the register is optional and allows us to select sites from part one and grant Permission in Principle (PiP) for housing-led development. PiP will establish the fundamental principles of development in terms of use, location, and amounts of development. However, planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved by us. No sites have been included on Part 2 of the register at this time.

Further information about Brownfield Land Registers can be viewed on Gov.uk. We will be reviewing our Brownfield Land Register at least once a year.

What is brownfield land?

Brownfield land is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework 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
  • land that was previously developed, but where the remains of the permanent structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time"

Submit a site for the register

If you have previously developed land or buildings which have the potential to be used for housing, and which meet the definition of brownfield land (see above), then we would like to hear from you, so that we can add it to Part 1 of the register.

To submit a site for consideration, please complete the doc icon Brownfield Land Register Submission Form [140kb] and provide a clear plan showing the site's boundaries. Please send completed submission forms to our Planning Policy Team.

Site submissions may be made at any time, but details will be held on file until the Brownfield Land Register is updated.

It should be noted that the Brownfield Land Register is a public document and therefore site details are treated as public information.

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