The Government now requires Councils to prepare a Brownfield Register. Torbay is one of a number of authorities chosen from across the country to pilot the Government’s new Brownfield Register. This work will help inform future government policy and guidance for the preparation of Brownfield Registers.

The pilot Register that we have prepared (available below) consists of sites identified in the adopted Torbay Local Plan 2012-2030. A standard set of information for each site is included. The Brownfield Register will be reviewed in accordance with forthcoming legislation and guidance, kept up-to-date and made publicly available to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in Torbay. Sites can be viewed on a map using the Find My Nearest facility.

All sites included on the pilot register have been assessed as meeting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) definition of previously developed land  Opens in a new window (brownfield land).  The quantum of development identified for each site is a guide only, but has been informed by the Local Plan, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, masterplanning work and discussion with landowners/developers.

To be considered suitable for housing, sites must meet the definition of brownfield land and be:

  • Available (willing landowner),
  • In a suitable location for housing (in accordance with policies in the adopted Torbay Local Plan 2012-2030 and the NPPF) and free from constraints that cannot be mitigated,
  • Viable and capable of being delivered within 5 years or developed later on (e.g. between 6 and 10 years),
  • Capable of supporting five or more dwellings or more than 0.25 hectares.

Status of sites

The pilot Brownfield Register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission. The inclusion of other sites on the pilot Brownfield Register does not give them any formal status, or grant permission in principle. Planning applications on these sites will be considered on their merits in accordance with the local plan, national policy and any other material considerations.

The pilot Brownfield Register will be reviewed following the formal requirement to prepare such registers coming into force. This may affect the status of sites included on future Brownfield Registers prepared by the Council. The compiling of future Brownfield Registers will provide the opportunity for the potential inclusion of other identified sites and public engagement on these sites.

Torbay Pilot Brownfield Register
The pilot Register consists of sites identified in the adopted Torbay Local Plan 2012-2030.