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Brownfield Land Register

The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 place a duty upon local planning authority's to prepare, maintain and publish a Brownfield Land Register.

What is 'Brownfield Land'?

Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed. For a site to be considered as previously developed land it must meet the definition found within Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) (NPPF). Land and buildings in agricultural/forestry use and residential gardens are not considered to be previously developed.

What is a Brownfield Land Register?

A Brownfield Land Register is a list of sites that have been previously developed that have the potential to accommodate housing-led development.

The register for Boston Borough will consist of two parts, as set out below:

Part 1 has now been published and can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Boston Borough Brownfield Land Register - Part 1

What is Permission in Principle?

Permission in Principle is a newly introduced consent route which is similar in practice to an outline planning permission. The new PiP route is intended to give developers/applicants more certainty by settling the fundamental principles of development (use, location, amount of development).

A PiP does not amount to a full planning permission and therefore development cannot commence without additional information being submitted to and approved by the Council. This additional information is known as a 'Technical Details Consent' and is similar to an application for approval of reserved matters. A PiP is valid for a period of 5 years.

It should be noted that Permission in Principle is a new tool which will work alongside, not replace, existing routes for obtaining planning permission. PiP can only be granted for housing-led developments.

The Council will be undertaking statutory consultation on sites proposed to be entered onto Part 2 of the register, and thereby granted Permission in Principle, in early 2018.

The register will be maintained and reviewed at least once a year to make sure it is kept up-to-date.