Brownfield Land Register

There is a legal requirement for us to prepare, maintain and publish a Brownfield Land Register. This is a comprehensive list of brownfield sites across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council area that are considered suitable for residential development. The register comprises a standard set of information, prescribed by the Government, that is made publicly available and kept up to date.

The first register had to be published by 31 December 2017 and has to be reviewed at least once a year.

What is brownfield land?

Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed, although it excludes land and buildings in agricultural / forestry use and residential gardens. The official definition (see "previously developed land") can be found in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

What is included in the register?

The register must be kept in two parts:

Part 1 will include all sites which meet the definition of previously developed land and

Entry onto Part 1 of the register does not guarantee that sites will progress onto Part 2 of the register or receive planning permission.

Part 2 allows us to select sites from Part 1 and grant Permission in Principle (PIP) for housing-led development, after undertaking necessary requirements for publicity, notification and consultation. A PIP establishes the fundamental principle for development of a site in terms of its use and the approximate number of homes that the site can reasonably accommodate. A PIP is similar to an 'outline' planning permission. A technical details consent is required in order for the site to be developed.

At this stage we have not selected any sites for Part 2.

Brownfield Land Register Review 2019

We have reviewed the Brownfield Land Register, according to the BLR Methodology.

  • sites in the most recent SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment) have been assessed
  • extant planning permissions that meet the criteria as set out in the methodology have been assessed.

View Part 1 of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's Brownfield Land Register 2019

You can access the Brownfield Land Register by:

  • downloading a CSV file (Excel)
  • downloading a .SHP (GIS software) 
  • viewing the sites and table on an interactive story map (scroll to "View Part 1 of BCP Council Brownfield Land Register 2019" and click sites to view details)
  • viewing the sites within a PDF document

Government Guidance

The Government has published guidance to assist with the preparation and publishing of Brownfield Land Registers and information on Permission in Principle:

Page last updated: 09 January 2020
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