Brownfield Register

Brownfield Land Register for South Cambridgeshire

The Housing and Planning Act (May 2016) makes provision for local authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield land. The register should identify previously developed sites in the district that we have assessed as being suitable for housing.

Brownfield Land Register Regulations came into force in April 2017 and require all Councils to prepare their Brownfield Land Register by the end of 2017.

We are currently in the process of preparing its Brownfield Land Register 2017.

In 2016 we prepared a Pilot Brownfield Register for South Cambridgeshire – see below for further information.

Interested in finding brownfield land to develop your own property?

We became a Right to Build Vanguard Authority in 2015. Since that time we have created a self and custom build function which aims to support people to find a suitable plot of land, and design and build their own homes.

If you would like to know more about the Right to Build project or have any queries visit: right-to-build, or contact us by email: or call: 01954 713419.

Pilot Brownfield Register for South Cambridgeshire

IMPORTANT NOTE – the Pilot Brownfield Register has no formal status and no weight is to be given to the sites contained within it.


The Government intends to introduce a new requirement for local planning authorities to compile a Brownfield Register. This will list all the brownfield sites considered suitable for housing development. Brownfield (or previously developed land) is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Through Brownfield Registers, a standard set of information will be kept up-to-date (annually) and made publicly available to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas.

We are one of 15 local planning authorities who agreed to first pilot the Brownfield Register and provide feedback to the Government on the issues arising. This will help develop guidance for all local planning authorities when they come to compile Brownfield Registers. This feedback was reported to the Planning Portfolio Holder on 7 June 2016.

Pilot South Cambridgeshire Brownfield Register

The Pilot South Cambridgeshire Brownfield Register Report explains the process we undertook in compiling the Pilot Brownfield Register.  

IMPORTANT NOTE – The sites within the Pilot Brownfield Register are included in their entirety (including both greenfield and brownfield land) as the published source information does not enable the extent of brownfield land to be specifically identified, therefore the total land and number of homes are for the whole site rather than the land and homes on suitable brownfield land only.

Map of Pilot Brownfield Register sites

Brownfield Register Map

The map shows the sites included within the Pilot South Cambridgeshire Brownfield Register 

- click on the map to view a larger, interactive version.

Next steps

The Government will publish secondary legislation and guidance to local planning authorities for the preparation of Brownfield Registers in due course. Once this legislation is enacted local planning authorities will be required to prepare a Brownfield Register. When this happens, we will formally prepare a register.

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