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Christchurch Brownfield Land Register

The Brownfield Land Register is a publicly available list of brownfield land (previously developed land) that is suitable for housing and is updated on an annual basis.

The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 require Councils to prepare and publish a Brownfield Land Register by 31 December 2017. A Brownfield Register has been prepared for Christchurch and is provided in the following formats as required by government brownfield data standards:

An interactive map is also available to view the sites.

The register is also required to be provided in other data formats, which are available on the following external government websites for Christchurch data.

What is the Brownfield Land Register?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires councils to encourage the effective use of land by reusing land that has been previously developed (brownfield land), provided that it is not of high environmental value. The government has prepared guidance for brownfield registers.

The Register will help house builders identify potentially suitable brownfield sites for development. We have prepared a Brownfield Land Register that includes relevant sites that have planning permission, are allocations in an adopted Local Plan, or have been assessed through the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Christchurch.

The Register is kept in two parts:

  • Part 1 comprises all brownfield sites appropriate for residential development
  • Part 2 comprises those sites granted Permission in Principle (PiP)

Christchurch does not currently have any sites entered on to Part 2 of the Register.

What sites should be included on the Brownfield Land Register?

The Brownfield Land Register Regulations state that land which meets the following criteria must be included:

  1. it has an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings The Council may, if it chooses, enter land that is less than this, so long as it meets the other criteria
  2. it is suitable for residential development, meaning it is either allocated in a local plan; has planning permission for residential development or, in the opinion of the Council, it is appropriate for residential development having regard to any adverse impact on the natural environment, the local built environment and any adverse impact on the local amenity
  3. it is available for residential development, meaning the landowner or developer currently intends to develop the land, or the Council consider there are no issues relating to the ownership of the land which might prevent residential development of the land taking place
  4. residential development of the land is achievable, meaning that in the opinion of the local planning authority, the development is likely to take place within 15 years of the entry date
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