Brownfield register and permission in principle

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The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 will require local authorities to prepare and maintain registers of brownfield land that is suitable for residential development. The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 provides that sites entered on Part 2 of the new brownfield registers will be granted permission in principle.

What is the timescale for these proposals?

The proposals will come in to force on 16th April 2017. Local authorities will be expected to have compiled their registers by 31 December 2017.

Will the Government be publishing guidance to support the introduction of brownfield registers?

The Government intends to publish statutory guidance to explain the policy for brownfield registers in more detail by June 2017. It will also set out the expectations for the operation of the policy and the requirements of the secondary legislation.

For further information, please see the Questions and Answers document below. 

Date of last review: 04 April 2017