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Brownfield land register

The council's register of previously developed or 'brownfield' land that is within its planning area and is suitable for housing development.

The council's brownfield land register provides annually updated, publicly available information on brownfield sites that are suitable for housing development within its planning area (Craven outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park). In order to be entered into the register a site must be:

  • Previously developed land, as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework
  • At least 0.25 hectares in area or capable of accommodating at least 5 dwellings
  • Suitable for residential development
  • Available for residential development
  • Achievable in the next fifteen years


The register is in two parts. Part 1 is a comprehensive list of all brownfield sites that are suitable for housing development, irrespective of their planning status. Part 1 sites may then be granted 'Permission in Principle' for housing-led development and progress to Part 2 of the register. Permission in Principle establishes the fundamental acceptability of a site's use for residential development and the approximate number of dwellings it could reasonably accommodate. If Permission in Principle is granted, a developer or landowner may then seek technical details consent, which gives a site full planning permission. Part 2 of the council's register will be available soon and Part 1 can be downloaded now, in Excel or PDF format, by selecting the links below.

In addition, the council's brownfield land register will soon be available from data.gov.uk - the government's open data website.

If you would like to submit a site for inclusion in next year’s update of the brownfield land register, please send a location plan (with the site outlined in red) and details of the site's availability and suitability for development to localplan@cravendc.gov.uk. The site must meet the criteria, above, and be free from constraints that cannot be mitigated.

For more detailed information about how the brownfield land register works, please download our FAQs and guidance note.