‘Implementing Brownfield Registers & Developing Brownfield Sites’ – Westminster Briefing

CampbellReith recently presented at the Westminster Briefing on the topic of ‘Implementing Brownfield Registers & Developing Brownfield Sites’. James Clay, Land Quality Specialist and Partner at CampbellReith, presented alongside David Vincent of Renaissance Land Regeneration to give a consultant – developer view of the proposals. This followed an introductory presentation on the proposals by Mide Beaumont, from the Planning – Development Management Division of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The new Permission in Principle (PiP) approach, introduced with the Housing & Planning Act 2016, is intended to support the objective of providing planning permission on 90% of suitable brownfield land by 2020. The idea, in simple terms, is for local authorities to compile a register of sites which have PiP for housing led development in their area. By doing so it is anticipated that a reduction in planning uncertainty and an improvement in development confidence will result. The PiP decisions will still need to comply with European Directives and wider the national policy and the development plans. It is intended that guidance will be available and implementation take place in Spring 2017.

It is intended that guidance will be available and implementation take place in Spring 2017. James Clay and David Vincent outlined the issues associated with ground risk / technical challenges and the regulatory process. This was illustrated by reference to recent projects and CampbellReith’s delivery of Land Quality, Development Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) services.

If you would like further information on this presentation, please contact James Clay.