Brownfield Land Register

In April 2017 the Government introduced a requirement on Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to publish a Brownfield Land Register (BLR). A BLR is a list of previously developed sites that are potentially suitable for residential development.

The BLR is to be kept in 2 parts:

  • Part 1 will be for sites categorised as previously developed land which are suitable, available and achievable for residential development
  • Part 2 allows LPAs to select sites from Part 1 and grant permission in principle (PiP) for housing led development. PiP will establish the fundamental principles of development in terms of the use, location and amount of development. However, planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved

The BLR will be maintained and reviewed at least once every year to ensure it is kept up to date.

The latest (2023) annual update of the Solihull Brownfield Land Register can be viewed below in pdf as well as CSV format to conform with the Government’s data standard.

What is Brownfield Land?

Brownfield land refers to land which is or has been occupied by a permanent structure. There are certain exclusions including buildings in agricultural or forestry use and land in built up areas such as private residential gardens. 

The Government’s definition of previously developed land is set out in the glossary at Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). For a site to be considered as previously developed land it must meet this definition.

If there are any sites that you consider suitable for inclusion on the Brownfield Land Register in Solihull, please provide details using the Brownfield land site proposal form.