Under the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017, the government requires local planning 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.
The council prepares the register in accordance with the regulations and the planning practice guidance. The register can be organised in 2 parts. Part 1 should comprise all brownfield sites of over 0.25 hectares or that can support at least 5 dwellings. The sites must be considered suitable, available and achievable for residential development, irrespective of their planning status. Sites listed in Part 2 are granted planning permission in principle. There is no requirement to place any sites on Part 2 of the register and the council does not at this time intend to do so. 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.
The brownfield register is subject to annual review.
The register has been informed by the council’s 5 to 15 year housing supply schedule, planning applications database, and housing renewal sites.