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Brownfield Land Register

Government regulations require Local Planning Authorities to prepare and maintain a register of Brownfield Sites.

This provides information on brownfield land that is suitable for housing.

The Council's first Brownfield Land Register was published by 31 December 2017, in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2017. We will review the Register annually.

The Council has prepared Part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register. 


What is 'Brownfield Land'?

'Brownfield Land' is sometimes called 'Previously Developed Land (PDL)'. A full definition is provided in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).


What information does the Brownfield Land Register include?

The Brownfield Land Register has two parts which are described below.

Brownfield Land Register: Part 1

All Local Planning Authorities are required to complete Part 1 of the Register.

To be considered for inclusion on Part 1 of the Register, any brownfield site must meet the criteria below;

(a) the land has an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings;

(b) the land is suitable for residential development;

(c) the land is available for residential development; and

(d) residential development of the land is achievable (i.e. is likely to take place within 15 years of being entered onto the Register).

You can view the brownfield register on the link below:


Brownfield Land Register: Part 2

Part 2 of the Register is optional for Local Planning Authorities.  West Devon Borough Council is not producing Part 2 of the Register at this time. 

Part 2 of the Register consists of sites selected from Part 1 which have been granted permission in principle for residential development. 


Brownfield Land Register (2021 Review)

The Council has reviewed its Brownfield Land Register (Part 1). The review consisted of:

  • checks on the current sites on the register;
  • updates including relevant planning permissions granted in the last 12 months; and
  • determining whether any nominated sites were eligible for inclusion.

Updating the Register

The Council will update the register annually. You may nominate a site to be considered for Part 1 of the Register at any time, although the Council may not consider the eligibility of a site to be included on the register until the next review of the Register takes place.

If you wish to submit a brownfield site for consideration please download and complete the Site Submission form and send together with a map to the Strategic Planning Team at West Devon Borough Council.

Any submissions received during this time will be considered for inclusion on the 2021 Register which will be published in December 2021. The Council will accept submissions up to 30 November 2021 to be considered in the 2021 review of the register.

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