Relevance of current Brown Field Register

Gerald Rigler made this Freedom of Information request to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council,

A considerable number of the 286 sites (B/BLR/0001 to P/BLR/0155) on the existing Brown Field Register (BFR) obviously contain trees / woodland.

Did the compilers of the BFR ascertain whether it would be legal to develop such sites ? This has an importance concerning the usefulness of the BFR in view of the fact that protected endangered species do rely upon trees and endangered species must not be disturbed.

Yours faithfully,

Gerald Rigler

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Steve Dring, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

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Dear Mr Rigler


The majority of the sites contained within the Brownfield Land Register
are sites which are either allocated within a Development Plan Document or
have been through the planning application process and granted
permission.  As such a range of constraints, including the presence of
trees/woodland on these sites has been assessed as part of a plan making
process or the planning application process.


There are some sites on the Brownfield Land Register which are not
allocated and have not been through the application process. There are
other sites which are contained within the most recent Strategic Housing
Land Availability Assessment. On these sites the constraints, including
the presence of any protected trees, has been considered by officers to
identify a potential capacity. Entry onto Part 1 of the Brownfield Land
Register does not give these sites any planning status and a proposal on
any of these sites would be subject to the normal procedures and
considerations associated with a planning application.


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[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D4E3E7.728BC4A0 Steve Dring

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Dear Steve Dring,

Thank you for the helpful clarification. It is reassuring to know that entries on the BFR do not imply site clearances and that respect will be given to our natural assets which the pandemic has taught us to value even more.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Rigler