Brownfield Land Register

Brownfield Land Register

From the 31st December 2017 the Council is required to maintain a register of brownfield land (previously developed land defined as set out below) that is considered suitable for residential development. The Brownfield Land Register is in two parts, Part 1 is a list of brownfield sites in the District that are considered suitable for housing irrespective of their planning status. Part 2 of the register is a list of sites that additionally are granted Permission in Principle for housing or housing-led development. The register will help house builders identify potentially suitable brownfield sites for development, provide certainty to local communities and encourage investment in local areas.

The Council consulted on Part 1 of the brownfield land register during November 2017; responses were considered and the Part 1 Register has been revised. It includes sites that have planning permission for housing or are identified for housing development in the adopted Allocations Development Plan Document.

The register is available to download here, and currently includes the following sites:

  • Warehouse Buffer Depot, Sowerby, North Yorkshire YO7 1QY

The following map shows an overview of the current Brownfield Land Register.

Selecting an area will provide you with further information.


The Part 1 register will be extended in the future to include relevant sites that have been considered by Planning Committee.

What can be included on the Brownfield Land Register

Criteria for inclusion in the Brownfield Land Register:

  • Sites must meet the definition of previously developed land set out within Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework

“Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes: land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously-developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time.”

  • Sites must have a site area of at least 0.25 hectares or be capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings (there is discretion to enter smaller sites if all the other criteria are met).
  • The land is suitable for residential development
  • The land is available for residential development
  • Residential development of the site is achievable.

Status of Sites

The Brownfield Land Register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission or are allocated in the adopted Allocations Development Plan Document (2010). The inclusion of other sites on the Part 1 register does not give them any formal status or grant permission in principle, or in infer that planning permission will be granted for development. The council will consider the merits of sites that might be included in Part 2 of the register, i.e. granted Permission in Principle, following further guidance awaited from Government.

Review of the Brownfield Land Register

The Brownfield Land Register will be subject to periodic review (at least annually), further sites will be added whilst others may be removed.

Further Information

If you have any questions please contact the Planning Policy Team at:

Hambleton District Council
Civic Centre
Stone Cross
Northallerton
DL6 2UU

Tel: 01609779977

Email: planningpolicy@hambleton.gov.uk