The new PPS 3 now defines previously developed land (brownfield land) as follows:
‘Previously-developed land is that which is or was occupied by a permanent structure,
including the curtilage of the developed land and any associated fixed surface
The definition includes defence buildings, but excludes:
- Land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings.
- Land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill
purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control
- Land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and
allotments, which, although it may feature paths, pavilions and other buildings, has not
been previously developed.
- Land 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 the
extent that it can reasonably be considered as part of the natural surroundings).
There is no presumption that land that is previously-developed is necessarily suitable for
housing development nor that the whole of the curtilage should be developed.
Private residential gardens are now therefore specifically excluded from the definition
Steven Petty, Commercial Property Solicitor
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