Housing Site Registers

We keep a number of registers of sites as required by the government.

Brownfield Housing Sites

The government is proposing a requirement for councils to prepare a register of available, suitable and viable brownfield housing sites. We are one of the pilots and have produced a pilot register taken from a number of existing sources.

Brownfield (or “previously developed”) land is defined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Sites which meet this definition and also the following requirements are on the pilot register.

  • available (willing landowner),
  • in a suitable location for housing (in accordance with policies in the Local Plan and the NPPF) and free from constraints that cannot be mitigated,
  • viable and capable of being delivered within 5 years or developed later on (eg. between 6 and 10 years),
  • capable of supporting five or more dwellings or more than 0.25 hectares.

Status of sites

The pilot Brownfield Register does not affect the status of sites that already have planning permission, are allocated for development in the Local Plan, or a 'made' Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The inclusion of other sites on the pilot Brownfield Register does not give them any formal status, or grant permission in principle (PIP). Planning applications on these sites will be considered on their merits in accordance with the local plan, national policy and any other material considerations.

The register will be reviewed following the formal requirement to prepare such registers coming into force. This will affect the status of sites included on future Brownfield Registers prepared by the council. The compiling of future Brownfield Registers will provide the opportunity for the potential inclusion of other identified sites and public engagement on this.


The location plans for each site can be viewed in the related links section of this page in a .pdf format.  The Register is published as a .csv file, and site polygons are published as an ESRI shape file, which are the formats required by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Small Sites Register

The Government is also considering a requirement that councils produce a register of small sites (probably less than 5 dwellings). This has not been prepared yet, but a full list of housing sites can be found on the Residential Land Monitor (RLM) produced annually.

Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

As part of the preparation of local plans, the council must assess the availability and deliverability of sites for various uses. A HELAA is being prepared for the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and will be placed on the website when it is complete.

Self and Custom Build

The council is supportive of self and custom builders, and provides details of sites with permission for self and custom build dwellings, required on larger sites through the “Teignbridge Rule” set out in the Local Plan. This list can be found on the Self Build page of this website.


When this content has been updated

Last updated 8 November 2017