Dover is one of the first districts in the country to put out a call for brownfield sites for a new land register, as part of a national pilot scheme.
The Government has designated Dover District Council as one of 73 pilot authorities for the new Brownfield Register policy, which if it proves successful will be rolled out nationally.
The council has issued the invitation to landowners and developers to put forward sites to be included on a Brownfield Register, with each site assessed by the Council for its suitability to be redeveloped for housing.
The aim of the Register is to help housebuilders identify suitable sites quickly and speed up the planning process and construction of new homes on brownfield land.
The pilot has been welcomed by Nick Fenton, Chairman of Kent Developers Group.
He said: “We all know that building on brownfield sites is the right thing to do, to provide deliverable and sustainably development for communities. This is also an excellent way to identify sites and ensure they can be quickly brought forward to help tackle the increasing housing undersupply that we currently face.
“Developers require a greater degree of confidence that it will be possible to bring forward these often difficult and challenging sites quickly and efficiently, and the Register should play an important role in achieving this.”
Jonathan Buckwell, Director of Planning at DHA, and a member of Kent Developers Group, said: “By having the power to grant permission in principle for suitable housing-led development sites, Dover District Council will be able give developers greater certainty over the commercial opportunities presented by a specific site.
“Streamlining the planning process and reducing the time it takes to get consent will be welcomed by developers.”
The deadline for sites being put forward is 6 May 2016,
The Government’s pilot scheme also includes Medway Council and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, both identified as being in the top 15 of the 73 councils taking part with the most brownfield land.
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