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Brownfield register

What is the Brownfield Land Register?

Local planning authorities, including Wiltshire Council, are required to publish a brownfield land register for their area and to maintain and review it at least annually. A brownfield land register sets out previously developed land that a local planning authority considers appropriate for residential development.

The register is an information set whose content and format are prescribed by government. Such information helps provide certainty for developers and communities and encourages the development of appropriate sites.  Sites meeting the criteria are:

  • Sites with planning permission as at 31 March 2018; or
  • Adopted allocations in a Local Plan; or
  • Allocations in a made Neighbourhood Plan, or
  • Submitted available sites that the Council considers appropriate.

The register must be kept in two parts:

  1. Part 1 (published below) is for sites categorised as previously developed (brownfield) land which are assessed as ‘suitable', ‘available' and ‘achievable' for residential development. These terms are explained below.
  2. Part 2 is optional and a sub-set of Part 1. Wiltshire Council is allowed to select sites from Part 1 and grant ‘permission in principle' for housing-led development subject to undertaking requirements for publicity, notification and consultation as set out in legislation. At present Wiltshire Council has not selected any sites for Part 2 of the Register.

Permission in principle (PiP) is an alternative way of securing planning permission which separates the consideration of matters in principle for proposed development from the technical detail of the development. A PiP establishes the principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development on a site. However, planning permission is not granted until technical details consent is sought and approved.

Do you have a brownfield site for the Register?

If you have a site that you wish to submit to subsequent editions of the Register please follow the following guidelines:

i. Check whether the site meets the criteria in regulation 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017

ii. If deemed suitable submit using our ‘call for sites' form

Brownfield Land Register (Part 1) 2018

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Brownfield Land Register (Part 1) 2018

Brownfield Land Register (Part 1) 2018

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Brownfield - also known as previously developed - land is defined in Annex Two of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) as:

Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes: land that is or was last occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill, where provision for restoration has been made through development management procedures; land in built-up areas such as residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape.


Sites on the register need to meet the definition of brownfield land (NPPF) and be:

  • Suitable: the site is allocated in a development plan document (e.g. a local plan), benefiting from planning permission, or the council considers it suitable for residential development;
  • Available: the owners of the site or the developer in control of the land have expressed an intention to develop, and that the council considers that there are no ownership or other legal matters that might prevent residential development; and
  • Achievable: based on publically-available information and any relevant representations, the council’s opinion is that the site can come forward within 15 years.

Importantly, a site’s Part 1 listing does not automatically mean that planning permission will be granted. Sites listed in the register will be subject to normal planning application processes and the approval of further details prior to development taking place.


The brownfield register is essentially a spreadsheet whose form and contents have been prescribed by government.

Typical users of the register are likely to be most interested in the following areas of information:

  • Column C Sites are denoted according to planning application number, development plan allocation (be that local or neighbourhood) or strategic housing & employment land availability assessment (‘SHELAA’) reference
  • Col. E Site name
  • Col. F Site map
  • Col. H & I Site map coordinates
  • Col. J Site size (in hectares)
  • Col. R Minimum number of new homes anticipated
  • Col. S Other details regarding any proposed development


Previous brownfield land registers for Wiltshire may be viewed here.

Brownfield Land Register (Part 1) 2017

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Brownfield Land Register (Part 1)

Brownfield Land Register 2017

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Last updated: 20 December 2018 | Last reviewed: 20 December 2018