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Local planners can take advantage of legislation brought in last month allowing them to set up a register of brownfield land in their areas - and use it as the basis for awarding permission in principle (PiP) to selected sites.

The register should reduce the time and cost of obtaining outline permission for a development and help accelerate new home delivery, allowing planning authorities to grant PiP for housing development on previously developed land - and encourage housebuilders to identify new sites for housing.

Developers which earmark brownfield sites for new housing schemes will be able to bid for a grant from the Government’s £3 billion Home Builders Fund, and the additional £1.2 billion fund earmarked for starter homes on brownfield sites.

Sam Spencer, associate at Bruton Knowles said: “Bruton Knowles has consistently supported all Government initiatives to ensure derelict industrial and commercial land is developed to reduce pressure on our green belts.

“Although brownfield sites provide the opportunity to regenerate otherwise redundant land,  a lot of work is generally required to bring them up to a suitable condition for development to begin – typically demolition work on remaining structures or even more problematical contaminated ground.

“It is important those considering such a project are aware of all the stipulations and remedial work needed to be carried out on a site, before committing to its purchase or development.”

For more information about developing on brownfield sites contact Sam Spencer on 0115 988 1160 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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