Brownfield is the term used in urban planning to describe land which has previously been used for industrial purposes or some commercial use.
The Government has set out a commitment to introduce a statutory brownfield register of land that is suitable for housing. It is intended that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. Through brownfield registers, a standard set of information will be kept up-to-date and made publicly available to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas.
There are a number of brownfield register pilots taking place across the country. This will help develop guidance for all local planning authorities when they come to compile their own register once the legislation and guidance is in place.