Under the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017, the Government requires local authorities to prepare and maintain a register of brownfield land suitable for residential development.
This is intended to provide potential developers with information about sites that may be available for development. In Westminster, most of these sites will already have proposals or planning permissions for development.
Being on the list does not affect this.
Under the regulations the register may consist of two parts:
Part 1 includes sites of 0.25 hectares or more which are 'suitable', 'available', and 'achievable' for residential development which could be delivered within 15 years. The regulations set out the information about each site that has to be given.
Part 2 includes sites which have been granted ‘permission in principle’ for residential development.
The register has been informed by the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, the Council’s 5 to 15 year housing supply schedule, planning applications, proposals sites identified in Westminster’s City Plan (2016) and housing renewal sites.
The regulations require all sites meeting the size and planning status criteria to be listed. The council cannot exclude sites for its own policy reasons.
The figures for potential housing delivery of each site are either the numbers of units for which planning permission has been granted or a notional figure based on London-wide assumptions about development capacity.
These will not be binding on the council should planning applications come forward, which will be decided on the basis of all relevant considerations in the usual way.
There is no requirement to place any sites on Part 2 of the register and the council does not intend to produce a Part 2 register.
The register is subject to annual review.