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Brownfield Register

The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 requires local planning authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a Brownfield Land Register for each calendar year. The register comprises a list of Previously Developed Sites (PDL) (known as ‘Brownfield’ sites) that are considered suitable by Wealden District Council for residential development.

‘Part 1’ of the Brownfield Land Register comprises all brownfield sites that a local planning authority has assessed as suitable for residential development and this will include sites with extant full planning permission, outline planning permission, permission in principle as well as sites without planning permission that are considered suitable by the local planning authority. ‘Part 2’ of the Brownfield Land Register is effectively a subset of ‘Part 1’ of the Brownfield Land Register and includes those sites that are considered suitable for the granting of ‘permission in principle (PiP)’.

It is the Council’s position that the identification of sites on Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register does not provide a mechanism in order to deliver such residential development (i.e. the site is not allocated for residential development or granted planning permission for residential development). Given the above, it is considered that neither a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) nor a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) is formally required for this element of the Brownfield Land Register.

The sites included within Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register do, in all cases except one, benefit from extant planning permissions and have therefore been considered through the formal planning process and have been considered suitable by the local planning authority. There is a single exception, which is a site contained within the Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan (August, 2018). This site has been considered suitable through the current Wealden Local Plan process and importantly, the HRA and SEA that accompanies the Wealden Local Plan. Given the above, even though it is considered the Council’s Brownfield Land Register does not fall within the scope of either the SEA regulations or the HRA regulations and therefore the Brownfield Land Register does not require an SEA or HRA, the sites contained within Part 1 of the Brownfield Register have nonetheless been subject to a SEA and HRA, through the Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan (August, 2018) process.

Regulation 17 of the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 requires local planning authorities to update at least annually the Brownfield Land Register. If you wish to submit a new site for consideration for the next iteration of the Brownfield Land Register that is to be published by the end of 2019, then a new development site can be submitted through our Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) webpage.

The latest Brownfield Land Register for 2018 and Screening Statement for the Brownfield Land Register are available to view below:

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