Local plan monitoring
Authority monitoring reports
The Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) is published annually. It describes how our planning policies are put into practice for the previous financial year (April to March). It also outlines the progress made in preparing our planning documents.
Employment land survey
This survey monitors the availability, distribution and loss of employment and non-residential land in South Gloucestershire. It provides a record of gains and losses for employment and non-residential land and buildings categorised as either:
- new build on ‘greenfield’ or undeveloped sites
- re-development or change of use of existing sites and buildings
- extension of existing buildings and premises to create new office, industrial, warehousing or other developments
The survey does not include small-scale development or provide any record of vacant or available commercial space. Analysis is restricted to sites of 0.4 hectare (gross) and over 500 square metres (gross). On safeguarded employment areas as identified in the 2006 South Gloucestershire local plan (policy E4), all new development is monitored.
The information contained in the survey comes from development management records, site surveys and other council records. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in the document but we cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions.
Town centres and retail audit
We carry out a comprehensive audit of retailing activity within South Gloucestershire annually which includes:
- town centres
- district centres
- edge of centre and out of centre locations
- summary data on retail parades
The purpose of the audit is to monitor the range of retail activities, type and make up of shops currently trading in our district. It provides the data for us to monitor indicators relating to retail activity and review our planning policies. This will help us to ensure that residents have convenient access to a range and choice of services in a manner consistent with the concept of sustainable development.
The audit is undertaken annually every August. Each town centre as well as out of centre locations are re-surveyed, recording changes in occupants, function, use and floorspace.
Residential land survey
We conduct an annual survey of sites that are potentially available for housing development. The survey covers ‘large’ sites that have been identified for residential use as a result of one of the following:
- the council granting detailed or outline planning consent
- a resolution to approve subject to completion of a section 106 agreement
- a successful planning appeal
- a large site is one that can accommodate 10 or more dwellings or has an area equal to or greater than 0.5 hectares
The residential land survey sets out information for the following four categories of land:
- Category A sites – with planning permission, including details of dwellings under construction or completed
- Category B sites – without planning permission, including sites allocated in the South Gloucestershire local plan, those subject to a section 106 agreement or with a lapsed permission
- Category W sites – those withdrawn since the last survey
- Category X sites – those that have been completely finished in the last year
All councils are required by the Brownfield Land Register Regulations (2017) to publish a register of previously developed sites in the district which are capable of being redeveloped or converted to provide housing-led development.
Brownfield land registers are required to be in two parts.
Part 1 of the register contains brownfield sites of at least 0.25 hectares, or capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings and considered appropriate for residential development.
Part 2 of the register contains those sites in Part 1 which would be suitable for a grant of “permission in principle” (PiP) for residential development. Permission in Principle is limited to the location, land use and amount of development. It can only be granted for housing-led developments. Planning permission is not granted until Technical Details Consent is applied for and approved.
All sites on the register must meet the definition of ‘previously developed land’ as contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. All sites on the register must also meet the following criteria:
- Suitable for residential development meaning that the land has planning permission for housing or housing-led development, or has been allocated for such development in a Local Plan, or is considered appropriate for such development by the council
- Available for residential development meaning that there is no obstacle to development in terms of either ownership issues or legal constraints on the land
- Residential development of the land is achievable, that is the land is likely to be developed within 15 years of being entered on the register
South Gloucestershire Council – Brownfield Land Register 2018
As of December 2018 there are 80 brownfield sites on part 1 of the Brownfield Land Register. These sites have the potential to provide 5,231 new homes.
As of December 2018 there are 0 sites on part 2 of the Brownfield Land Register.
As granting permission in principle (PiP) for residential development provides a new consent regime, we intend to prepare new procedures for assessing and determining the suitability of entering sites on part 2 of the register. This will include the assessment of potential sites submitted through our Housing Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). Further details on this and any associated public consultation processes will be provided in due course.
The Brownfield Land Register parts 1 and 2, shown in one spreadsheet to meet open data standards are available to download and view below.
- South Gloucestershire Brownfield Land Register 2018 (Excel)
- South Gloucestershire Brownfield Register 2018 (CSV)
- Brownfield Register Frequently Asked Questions
- Brownfield Land Register Regulations (2017)
Previous Brownfield Registers