Brownfield Register July 2019
The Housing and Planning Act includes a provision introducing a statutory register of brownfield land suitable for housing development. Each local authority is responsible for compiling and publishing the register for its area, and updating it at least every year. The government believes that this will "increase transparency for developers and communities" and help to encourage investment in local areas.
The register comprises Part 1, which includes all sites which have been identified, and Part 2, which comprises sites which have been granted Permission in Principle (PiP) (similar to an Outline Planning Permission) for the number of homes stated on the Register that the site can accommodate; only a limited range of detailed considerations would remain to be determined through a Technical Details Consent. The council has begun to publish development briefs for each site which is to be included in Part 2. At present only two sites are included in Part 2.
The register is solely concerned with brownfield sites suitable for housing development of at least five dwellings and, in our judgment, able to be developed within the next fifteen years or so.
Choice of sites on the register
Part 1 of the register includes a high proportion of the sites which are proposed to be allocated by Making Spaces for Growing Places (MSGP), the Council's land allocations and development management policies development plan document (DPD), which was submitted to the Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 12 April 2019, and will be subject to an Examination in Public (public enquiry) locally in September 2019. This in turn has been informed by the 2018 and draft 2019 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Updates which have taken account of all available sources of information about the availability and suitability of land for housing, including the call for sites carried out in the autumn of 2015 and the opportunity to nominate sites in responding to the consultation on draft MSGP in late 2017.
Additional information included in the register
The notes column has been used to add information which may assist in interpreting information in the earlier columns, including, especially, the application number of any planning permission applying to the site and any text required to help interpret its status.
Three additional columns have been added to indicate whether the site is allocated, or proposed to be allocated, in a statutory development plan, the allocation reference where applicable, and if allocated, whether for housing or mixed use. Development Plans in place or proposed for Gateshead are on this website.
The Register and map
View an interactive map showing the sites to accompany part 1 of the register.
The Register and the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
The principal source for inclusion in the Brownfield Register has been the Housing Topic Paper published in July 2019, which incorporates work towards a 2019 SHLAA Update including a comprehensive updating of the Schedule of Sites in the 2018 SHLAA Update. This incorporates sites which have arisen since the 2018 SHLAA Update, for example because they have been granted planning permission. Sites from this schedule have been included on the Register where they fit the criteria for inclusion, except that a small number of sites has not been included because there has been sufficient progress in developing them that they cannot be considered available.
The Housing Topic Paper can be used as an extra source to gain information about sites on the Brownfield Register. In particular, it records constraints which have been identified as likely to affect the amount of development on a site or the form and layout which might be appropriate. More detailed work is being carried out on these issues and incorporated in Development Briefs to accompany the inclusion of sites on the Brownfield Register Part 2, or in the forthcoming MetroGreen Area Action Plan.
Some variation may be observed between remaining capacities indicated in the Housing Topic Paper and those indicated in the Brownfield Register. These variations are partly due to the difference between the requirements for maximum and minimum figures in the Brownfield Register and estimated likely development totals in the Housing Topic Paper, and/or cases where actual completions on site since that date have reduced the remaining capacity. Sites where development has started are included where it is not entirely clear that the current phase of development will continue until the whole site has been developed.