Many of you may have already heard but the Government is currently seeking to maximise the number of new homes built on suitable brownfield land and has set out its intention to ensure that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020.
A new requirement, through the Housing and Planning Act (2016), has been placed on local planning authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land (also known as previously developed land) which the Council has assessed as being potentially suitable for residential development.
The register must be published by 31 December 2017 and reviewed at least once a year. The register will then be used to monitor the Government’s commitment to the delivery of brownfield sites.
Agricultural buildings and land do not currently fall under the criteria of previously developed land. However, those who have diversified over time and who now include other commercial uses at their sites may yet be considered as suitable.
As a result, many sites in the countryside could be viewed more favourably in the forthcoming reviews and emergence of Local Plans with many sites outweighing any potential harm.
Should you wish to enquire about the potential of your site please contact us.