What a Brownfield Land Register is

In April 2017, the government introduced a requirement for Local Planning Authorities to publish a Brownfield Land Register every year by 31 December. This provides publicly available information on previously developed (brownfield) sites within the city which offer potential for housing development. Brownfield Land Registers consist of a Part 1 and a Part 2.

Councils have the power to grant brownfield sites Permission in Principle, a new stepping stone towards planning permission, by including them in Part 2 of the register. However, we have no plans to grant Permission in Principle at this stage, so all sites are in Part 1 only. 

All sites must meet the definition of "previously developed land" contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. All sites must also be:

  • suitable for residential development: this means the land has planning permission for housing or housing-led development, has been allocated for such development in a Local Plan or is considered appropriate for such development by the council
  • available for residential development: this means that there are no barriers to development in terms of either ownership issues or legal constraints on the land
  • achievable to develop the land for residential development: the land is likely to be developed within 15 years of being entered on the register

The Brownfield Land Register must include all sites meeting these criteria which are at least 0.25 hectares in area, or are capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings.

Brownfield Land Register 2020

The Brownfield Land Register has been reviewed and the call for new sites to be included in Part 1 of the 2020 register closed on 27 November 2020. The register has been updated and is published below. Our register is a spreadsheet arranged and populated in accordance with the government's published data standard and the data is provided under the Open Government Licence. It includes links to site plans (in the 'SitePlanURL' column), and links to information from our Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and from existing planning permissions (in the 'SiteInformation' column). The register will be reviewed on an annual basis.

View the latest Brownfield Land Register (Excel CSV 112KB)

The URL of the published 2020 register is also required to be written out in full in accordance with the data standard:


Submission of sites 2020

The Brownfield Land Register will be reviewed at least annually therefore we continue to welcome the submission of new sites through this response form (27kb) where you can fill in and email to us at planningpolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk. Responses must be received before 26 November 2021.

We are working on building an online referral form.

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