Brownfield land register

Last updated December 2023

Local planning authorities are required to prepare and maintain a register of previously developed land that;

  • is at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting 5 dwellings
  • is suitable for residential development
  • is available for residential development
  • is achievable for residential development (in the next 15 years)

‘Brownfield land’ is defined in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) as;

'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; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and 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.'

Please see documents below for further information.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) brownfield land register for the North York Moors National Park (CSV file)

User friendly version of the Brownfield Sites Register

Site Name Size (ha) Planning PermissionDescription Date of PP Date Added
Former Primary School, Claver Close, Swainby 0.49 Full Planning Permission (extant) Demolition of former primary school buildings and construction of 9 no. principal residence dwellings with associated access, garages, parking, community car park and landscaping works. 22/12/2020 14/12/2017
Former British Legion Club, High Street, Hinderwell 0.4 Outline (expired) Outline application for residential development (8 dwellings). Approval now lapsed. 19/09/2006 14/12/2017
Former NYCC Depot, West Ayton 0.72 Outline (expired) Outline application for residential development (10 dwellings). Approval now lapsed. 25/04/2006 14/12/2017
Blue Bank Garage, Coach Road, Sleights 0.26 Full Planning Permission (expired) Demolition of existing dwelling (No 171) and garage buildings and construction of 4 no dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping works. Approval now lapsed. 10/11/2017 29/11/2018
Former Water Works, South End, Osmotherley 0.7 NA Disused water treatment works. No history of planning permission for residential development. NA 15/12/2021

Brownfield Land Register (open data source from

If you would like to find out more about brownfield land registers, please follow the following links:

The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 (pdf)

Land Register Regulations (2017)

Brownfield Land Registers and Permission in Principle Frequently asked Questions

The register will be maintained and reviewed at least once a year to make sure it is up to date.

If you would like to find out more about the sites, or would like to submit a new site for consideration or suggest changes to the register please contact our Planning Policy Team on 01439 772700 or email us at

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