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Brownfield land register

The brownfield land register provides an up to date record of previously developed land in West Oxfordshire, that is suitable for housing development.

The current brownfield register was first published in December 2017 and last updated in December 2019 in accordance with Government guidelines.

Eligible sites

Only sites that meet the Government’s definition of brownfield land will be considered:

‘Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure".

This excludes land:

  • that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings;
  • that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures;
  • in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and
  • that was previously-developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time’.

To be considered suitable for housing, sites must meet the definition of brownfield land and must be:

  • available, either in the short term within five years or in the medium term between six and 10 years
  • capable of accommodating five or more dwellings or more than 0.25 hectares, although smaller sites may also be considered
  • capable of development so suitable for residential use and free from constraints that cannot be mitigated.

If you are aware of any suitable brownfield sites that we have not already considered let us know.