The Government has introduced a requirement for all Local Authorities to prepare a Brownfield Land Register for their area and publish it by 31st December 2017. The Brownfield Register for Surrey Heath has now been published and can be viewed via the link below:
The Borough of Surrey Heath is entirely impacted by the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).
All net additional C3 residential, C4 and some C2 development within Surrey Heath therefore relies on avoidance measures under the Habitat Regulations (HRs), with no new development being permitted unless avoidance measures are provided to mitigate a developments impact on the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area. A site may not fall within Part 2 of the brownfield land register if the development would be prohibited under Habitats legislation. The development would be prohibited under HRs unless mitigation is secured at the time of inclusion.
The primary avoidance measure is either the provision of or contribution to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) Sites of 100 dwellings or above should provide their own on site SANG. As the provision of SANGs as the relevant avoidance measure (mitigation) cannot be guaranteed from sites of less than 100 dwellings it is not certain that the Habitat Regulations provision could be achieved.
With regard to sites that are already permissioned, it is considered unnecessary to allocate them for Permission in Principle. Therefore, permissioned sites will not be entered onto Part 2 of the Brownfield Register. Sites for which development has already commenced will not be included in the Brownfield Register.