Brownfield First

1. Overview

We've a clear ambition to continue to support and promote a ‘Brownfield First’ approach to new development in the borough placing an increased emphasis on the importance of delivery.

We've a successful record over the last 15 years of making sure that upwards of 90% of new development has been delivered on brownfield sites. However, as land is a finite resource, many of the more straightforward sites to progress have already come forward for development.

We're determined to identify all existing brownfield sites, including buildings, in order to explore and optimise their potential for development before considering greenfield sites or Green Belt.

To help us do that, we're asking people to tell us about brownfield sites they think could be redeveloped for housing.

What is a brownfield site?

Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed. A definition of ‘previously developed land’ is provided by the government in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

The following can be regarded as potentially being a brownfield site:

  • previously developed land which is now vacant
  • vacant buildings
  • derelict land and buildings
  • other previously developed land or buildings currently in use where it is known there is potential for redevelopment