Brownfield Land Register


In 2017 a new duty was placed on local planning authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of previously developed land (brownfield land) which is suitable for residential development. The Brownfield register must be published by 31 December 2017 and reviewed at least once each year.

The register comprises a standard set of information, prescribed by the Government that will be kept up-to-date, and made publicly available. The purpose of the register is to provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas. The registers will then be used to monitor the Government’s commitment to the delivery of brownfield sites.

Further details can be found in the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 you can view this information on the GOV.UK website by clicking here.

What is included in the register

The register must be kept in two parts:

Part 1 will include all sites which meet the definition of previously developed land and;

  • are 0.25 hectares or more in size or capable of accommodating at least 5 dwellings and;
  • meet the Government's criteria, set out in paragraph (1) of Regulation 4 setting out that sites must be suitable, available and achievable for residential development. Click here to visit the website to view paragraph (1) of Regulation 4.

Please note: Entry onto Part 1 of the register does not guarantee that this site will progress onto Part 2 of the register or receive planning permission.

Part 2 allows us to select sites from Part 1 and grant Permission in Principle (PIP) for housing-led development, after undertaking necessary requirements for publicity, notification and consultation.  Further information can be found in the National planning practice guidance, which can be viewed on the GOV.Uk website by clicking here.

What the Isle of Wight Council doing

A call for potential brownfield sites was launched by the Council on 20 October 2017 and closed 4 December 2017.  As a result council received a number of sites for potential inclusion.  As stated above all sites need to meet certain criteria including the following:

  1. the land has an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings;
  2. the land is suitable for residential development;
  3. the land is available for residential development; and
  4. residential development of the land is achievable.

In assessing suitability the Council will also have regard to:

  1. the development plan;
  2. national policies and advice;
  3. any guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

This also includes development plan documents, the London Plan and Spatial Development Strategies any relevant neighbourhood plans, the National Planning Policy Framework, Planning Practice Guidance, any other guidance published by the Secretary of State including Strategic Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulation Assessments (where/when appropriate) and any other relevant statutory requirements and guidance.

At this time we do not intend to select sites for Part 2 stage. We will concentrate on publishing Part 1 in time to meet the 31st December 2017 deadline and consider Part 2 in due course.  As such our register comprises of a number of the following:

  • Brownfield sites that have been granted planning permission and are either under construction (with residential units still to be completed) or not started.
  • Those brownfield sites that have been put forward by landowners, developers, agents and others that have been assessed by the Council and meet the criteria set out in paragraph (1) of Regulation 4.

Due to the number of sites put forward following the Council’s ‘call for sites’, not all have been able to be fully assessed in line with the required criteria within the timeframe.  Therefore the council is likely to undertake an early review of the Register.   

Next Steps

  • We will continue to assess sites that have been put forward for inclusion on the register.
  • We will update our statutory brownfield register on an annual basis, which is likely to include an early review in 2018.


Further Information

If you have any further questions please contact Planning Policy using the online 'send a message to service form' by clicking here alternatively please view the contact tab at the top of the page for our other contact channels. 

The Brownfield Register is published under the Open Government Licence. The Open Government Licence can be viewed on the National Archives website by clicking here


The Brownfield Land Register can be viewed from the following links:

  • Brownfield Land Register (csv file format) - Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2017.  To view the register on the website please click here

  • To find the Brownfield Land Register site maps  please click here.