Councils to trial brownfield land register

BrownfieldnewpicSMALLThe government has unveiled a list of 73 councils that will pioneer the use of a new initiative aimed at speeding up development on brownfield land.

The new brownfield registers will provide housebuilders with up-to-date and publicly available information on all brownfield sites available for housing locally.

The registers will help housebuilders identify suitable sites quickly, speeding up the construction of new homes.

Communities secretary Greg Clark said: “A key part of our ambition to build one 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.

“These councils will be at the forefront of these efforts to list land and encourage builders to deliver new homes for aspiring homeowners.

“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.”

Registers will eventually become mandatory for all councils under proposals in the Housing and Planning Bill.

The 15 councils with the most brownfield land taking part in the brownfield register pilot project are:

Local Planning Authority
County Durham
Newcastle upon Tyne
South Cambridgeshire
Tonbridge and Malling

A further 36 areas made up of 58 councils (some bids are joint) were selected on a competitive basis.

Local planning authority
Bassetlaw Nottingham
Bath and North East Somerset Oldham
Blackpool Oxford
Bolton Pendle
Bristol City Preston City
Broxtowe Rochdale
Bury Rossendale
Central Bedfordshire Rotherham
Colchester Runnymede
Corby Rushcliffe
Cornwall Salford
Dover Sandwell
Dudley South Gloucestershire
East Devon South Ribble
East Northamptonshire South Tyneside
East Riding Stockport
Exeter City Stroud
Gateshead Swindon
Gedling Tameside
Hart Teignbridge
Hyndburn Telford & Wrekin
Kettering Thurrock
Kingston upon Hull Torbay
Mid Devon Trafford
Milton Keynes Walsall
NE Lincolnshire Waverley
North Somerset Wellingborough
Northampton West Oxfordshire
Northumberland Wolverhampton
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