Brownfield Land Register

The Surrey Heath Brownfield Land Register was first published in December 2017. Regulation 17 of the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 requires local planning authorities to update the information relating to existing entries in their registers at least once a year.  An updated Brownfield Land Register has now been published and can be viewed via the link below:

The Council is currently in the process of producing a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA). This document will update the SLAA (2017) which forms the basis for sites included in the Brownfield Land Register. When the next iteration of the SLAA document is published, the Council will provide an update to the Surrey Heath Brownfield Land Register.

The Borough of Surrey Heath is entirely impacted by the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA). All net additional C3 residential, C4 and some C2  development within Surrey Heath  therefore relies on avoidance measures under the Habitat Regulations (HRs), with no new development being permitted unless avoidance measures are provided to mitigate a developments impact on the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area.  A site may not fall within Part 2 of the brownfield land register if the development would be prohibited under Habitats legislation. The development would be prohibited under HRs unless mitigation is secured at the time of inclusion.

The primary avoidance measure is either the provision of  or contribution to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) Sites of 100 dwellings or above should provide their own on site SANG. As the provision of SANGs as the relevant avoidance measure (mitigation) cannot be guaranteed from sites of less than 100 dwellings it is not certain that the Habitat Regulations provision could be achieved.

With regard to sites that are already permissioned, it is considered unnecessary to allocate them for Permission in Principle. Therefore, permissioned sites will not be entered onto Part 2 of the Brownfield Register. Sites for which development has already commenced will not be included in the Brownfield Register.