Derelict Sites

A derelict site is any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of:

  • the existence on the land in question of structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition
  • the neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or any structures on the land in question
  • the presence, deposit or collection on the land in question of any litter, rubbish, debris or waste, except where the presence, deposit or collection of such litter, rubbish, debris or waste results from the exercise of a right conferred statute or by common law.
  • If you wish to report a derelict site the Complaint Form is available here :

  • Complaint Form for Unauthorised Development
  • Prevention & Control
    It is the responsibility of the owner and occupier of land ensure that the land or structures do not become or do not continue to be a derelict site.

    The Derelict Sites Act 1990 imposes duties on the Local Authority to:

  • Maintain a Derelict Sites Register
  • Make the Register available for public inspection
  • Serve a Notice on the owner/occupier specifying works to be carried out to prevent or stop dereliction
  • Acquire by agreement or compulsorily any derelict site
  • Impose an annual levy on any derelict site in an urban area, based on 3% of its valuation

  • Reports of dereliction are investigated, the ownership is established and the owner is written to. If you have a query relating to a Derelict site please contact the Planning Department.

  • View our Derelict Sites Register here.
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