Councils’ search for potential housing sites

Posted on: 18 July 2017

Local residents with land that has previously been developed and suitable for housing are being encouraged to tell their council about it.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are each putting together a Brownfield Land Register to identify and assess available previously developed land and buildings, known as brownfield land, which has the potential to be used for housing in the future.

To be eligible for the register, land or buildings must be suitable for residential development and have an area of at least 0.25 hectares or be capable of accommodating at least five homes. Sites within main towns and villages across both districts are especially welcomed.

Lead Member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: ” The Government requires all councils to prepare a Brownfield Land Register. It’s important that people who think they have previously developed land or buildings that might be appropriate for housing let their council know about it. The register will allow us to be better informed when making important decisions about where housing could be built in the future. Just because a site is included in the register does not mean that housing will be built there.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Pete Watson says: “Communities are being invited to highlight local derelict or underused buildings and sites that could be used for housing. These sites will then be assessed to see whether they could be brought back into productive use to provide homes to meet housing needs, which in the longer term should help to protect our valued countryside.”

The ‘call for sites’ starts on Thursday 20 July and last for six weeks until 1 September 2017. More information as well as details about how to register a potential site can be found online.

Both North Devon Council and Torridge District Council will publish their registers by the 31st December 2017 and keep them updated following this.

Sites put forward during the call for sites, as well as those identified by the councils, will be assessed for their sustainability and suitability for housing as well as when they could be developed in the future. If a site is identified it doesn’t automatically mean that it will be added to the register or granted planning permission in the future.

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