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Brownfield Register

The Government has set out its commitment to introduce a statutory brownfield register and ensure that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. This is part of the aim to boost the supply of housing land and to deliver plans for increased house building. Brownfield registers include up-to-date and consistent information on previously developed sites that are considered appropriate for residential development, under the criteria set out in the Brownfield Land register legislation.


As part of the production of the brownfield register, the council has the opportunity to trigger the granting of ‘permission in principle’ for brownfield sites that are considered suitable, available and achievable of delivering residential development. Permission in principle is where the consideration of matters for the principle of proposed development is separated from the technical details, providing an alternative route to obtaining planning permission. More information on permission in principle can be found on the gov.uk permission in principle information page.


The brownfield register is divided into 2 parts:

  • Part 1 lists all brownfield sites considered suitable, available and achievable of delivering residential development. This includes sites both with and without planning permission.
  • Part 2 only includes those sites that the council have decided to trigger the granting of permission in principle. At the current time the council has not entered any sites onto Part 2 of the register.


The current brownfield register for Medway can be downloaded using the link below:

Sites currently included onto the brownfield register are also available to view on Medway Council's web based Geographical Information System (GIS).


The information in the register is correct at the time of publication, December 2017. The council will carry out an annual update to the register in line with the government guidance. 


Should you have any queries, or wish to have a site considered for inclusion on the brownfield register, please contact the Planning Policy team using the details below.

  • Email: planning.policy@medway.gov.uk
  • Post: Planning Policy, Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR