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Runnymede Borough Council Brownfield Register

The recently published Housing & Planning Act 2016 makes provision for local authorities to hold a register of land known as a Brownfield Register. The Brownfield Register will hold details of all development sites in the Borough which are considered to be previously developed and which have potential for housing development. This can include sites in either the urban or Green Belt areas which are previously developed or the part of a site which is previously developed.

The government intends to publish regulations which will set out how local authorities are expected to compile their Brownfield Registers with details of any consultation procedures which may be required when compiling or when publishing the register.

The government also intends that the Brownfield Register could allocate sites for development in much the same way as a Local Plan but could also automatically grant permission in principle. A 'Technical Details' application would then consider the technical planning aspects of the development, but the acceptability in principle cannot be reconsidered although a permission in principle can describe the details required at the Technical Details stage.

Ahead of publishing regulations for Brownfield Registers the Government has been running a pilot scheme with a number of local authorities. Runnymede was one such authority and the Council has now prepared a pilot Brownfield Register which has been informed by sites in the Runnymede Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA), which are considered to be fully or partly previously developed. A copy of the pilot Brownfield Register is available to view below.

pdf icon Brownfield Register [6Mb]

Please note that ahead of any regulations published by Government the Brownfield Register is only in pilot form and does not allocate or grant permission in principle for any site included within it. Once the government publishes its regulations Runnymede will review the pilot register and publish an update as the full register which may allocate sites and grant permission in principle at that time.

Any questions about the pilot Brownfield Register should be directed to officers in the Council's Policy and Strategy team at . Alternatively, by contacting John Devonshire via email at or by phone on 01932 425635.

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