MDDC to become pilot authority to introduce brownfield register

Posted on: 3 March 2016

Mid Devon District Council’s Planning team has successfully won a combined bid along with the councils for Exeter City, Teignbridge, and East Devon to become a pilot authority supporting the Government’s plans to introduce a statutory brownfield register. The experiences of pilot authorities will develop legislation and guide local planning authorities more widely to ensure that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020.

By participating in the project, Mid Devon District Council will gain early experience preparing a brownfield land register with data compiled on the amount of brownfield land in the district which is suitable for housing. The register will enable a standard set of information to be kept up-to-date and available to the public, providing certainty for developers, communities and encouraging investment in local areas.

The Government has awarded £10,000 for bidding successfully. The Head of Planning & Regeneration, Jenny Clifford said that “This funding is welcome and will assist the Council to meet the Government’s requirements over compiling a register of previously developed land”.

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