Brownfield register to be introduced by select councils

Forward thinking councils in the UK will help the government bring forward brownfield land to be used for new homes, through the use of a register, writes Richard Carr.

Commitment

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Will brownfield registers help kick start house building?

73 pioneering councils will take on the challenge as the government bids to get the country building again. The new brownfield registers will provide house builders with current and publicly available information on local brownfield sites which are available for housing.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has promised that the registers will help house building firms identify suitable derelict and underused land, which will speed up the construction of new homes. The new registers will also allow for communities to bring sites to the attention of councils and help attract investment to the area.

The government has pledged one million more new homes and to also achieve planning permission on 90% of suitable brownfield sites for housing.

“A key part of our ambition to build a million homes is to get work started on brownfield sites across the country, many of which are currently nothing more than blight on a community’s landscape,” said Clark.

“These councils will be at the forefront of these efforts to list land and encourage builders to deliver new homes for aspiring home owners. But this is just the first step and I would urge councils to continue to offer up brownfield sites to deliver the homes their residents want and need,” he added.

Guidance

The government hopes to roll out the registers across the country and are relying upon the 73 councils who are taking part to inform future government policy and guidance on the operation of the registers.

“Registers will eventually become mandatory for all councils under proposals going through Parliament in the Housing and Planning Bill,” said Brandon Lewis, adding that other measures in the Housing and Planning Bill will enable ‘permission in principle’ to be granted for housing led development sites listed on the new brownfield registers.

“This will mean developers building new homes on brownfield land will have a greater degree of certainty in relation to location, use and the amount of development,” he explained.

The 73 councils will receive £10,000 from the government to establish their brownfield registers.