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NAO says Defra launched BNG prematurely

It says there is a doubt whether local authorities, which manage many aspects of Statutory BNG including compliance and enforcement will be able to discharge these duties


Government says brownfield is prioritised for solar

Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said that with growing geopolitical tension, the best agricultural land must be protected for food security.


Brownfield review: Hampshire | Digbeth | Hounslow | Bilston | Halifax

East Hampshire District Council puts out brownfield call to residents, Dandara gets mixed-use permission in Digbeth, a 37-acre brownfield has come on to the market in Hounslow, Goold Estates gets clearance for 15 warehouse units in Digbeth and 3.3ha site in Halifax up for sale


IJM and Network Rail Innova in 3.55m sq ft development deal

All the eight central and inner London sites will be above or adjacent to rail infrastructure encompassing a mix of housing – with up to 1600 new homes


Business: Stoke-on-Trent | Homes England | Carmichael Homes | Warwickshire PIF

Stoke-on-Trent looks for long term development partner, Homes England give grant for community cohesion in Northstowe, Carmichael Homes gets £11.6m funding, and Warwickshire County Council’s Property Investment Fund has provided a £9.7m loan for two industrial parks in Coventry


Reading adds to objectors on government brownfield plans

It says more stringent tests on housing delivery could have an unacceptable impact on living standards for residents, and on the character of the town.


Asda moves into housing

The company is linking up with Barratt London, who will acquire the freehold and build a new 60,000 sq ft store on the existing site


Metal contamination in Wales laid bare

Estimates are that approximately 200,000 people live in a square kilometre of floodplain that is contaminated by historical mining - around 7% of Wales, and 1,600 kilometres of Welsh rivers are contaminated by historical metal mining.


Only five local authorities have Section 106 BNG templates ready

Offsite BNG has to be through s106 agreements between the developer and the local authority or via a conservation covenant

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Business: Kier | Thriving Investments | Tameside | Basildon

Government Property Agency picks Kier, as the Scottish National Investment Bank invests £20m for affordable homes, Tameside MBC wants a development partner for Stalybridge, while Basildon Council wants a construction firm for social housing


Government acts on slow build-out rates

Commencement development notices are for when construction begins and development progress reports are annual and show actual housing delivery


Brownfield review: Manchester | Southwark | Chichester | Leeds

Challenge afoot against Manchester strategic plan, Hines gets permission for key Southwark brownfield, while BRiCS gets go-ahead in Chichester and BAM gets clearance in Leeds


Brownfield planning app being developed

The app is capturing information, opinions, and local knowledge directly from residents and using methods to enable communities to co-design how urban redevelopment might best serve their neighbourhoods.

MIPIM AWARDS 2024 - WINNER - BEST URBAN REGENERATION PROJECT - BASSIN 7 - Architects: SLETH, BIG, GEHL - Developer: Anpartsselskabet Kilden & Mortensen, Bassin 7 Erhverv ApS and Bassin 7 Bolig ApS
Sustainable building

Development trends

Environment, Social & Governance (ESG), net zero and decarbonisation, Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) were all key themes at Mipim 2024

EIA & Planning

Government plans for local development corporations

Local authorities would be given powers to approve the corporations’ plans for development of the urban regeneration area


Government failing on housing and environmental targets, say Lords

Lord Moylan said the targets appear to be operating in antagonism with each other with environment winning due to deriving from EU law


Biodiversity gain trumps heritage harm in Cambridge

South Cambridge District Council said the development would bring some benefits, but outlined the social and environmental harms but lost the appeal


Government scraps hope value for high public benefit schemes

High public value examples include schemes advancing affordable or social housing, and health and education facilities, along with development corporations-led projects

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Stopping and remediating PFAS from a former fire training unit

This Brownfield & Regeneration Network webinar looked at an award-winning* collaboration effort between Regenesis and Mott MacDonald, constructing the first injectable permeable reactive barrier in the UK to treat PFAS. Ian Grant reports.


Labour confirms green belt release to grey belt

It said that green belt land that is not essential could be re-classified as grey belt for 50% use as social and affordable housing along with improvements to public services and infrastructure.


GLA-owned developer likely to happen

A London owned developer is on the cards with Labour saying it will create the body, if elected, to intervene at key housing sites and ease tensions between councils and developers.


Brownfield review: Edinburgh | Sheffield | Stockton | Grantham | Castle Point

Edinburgh Development backed, key Sheffield brownfield reaches milestone, long term remediated site in Stockton to get homes, and protests at South Kesteven over the local plan and on the Leicestershire borders over an anaerobic digester, and badgers are a concern at Castle Point.


Contaminated land: Hauxton | Trafford | Puriton | Ynysddu | Brighton

Contaminated clean-up concerns at Hauxton, drainage worries at Trafford, remediation work at Puriton, remedial options for leaking quarry in Wales, a vote on Zane's Law in Brighton and work starts on eroded landfill at Lynemouth.


Stoke-on-Trent Council sell shares in regen company

The Labour led council says the £5m it received is good value, but the Conservatives say the council should have retained the land or demanded a covenant.

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HBF says changes to NPPF need reassessment

In a critique of the influential 2004 Barker report on housing supply, HBF says there has been limited progress over 20 years with only 11 of the 36 recommendations currently implemented in full.

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Business: Mapletree | McAteer & Rushe | Knighthead Capital | Blackstone

Mapletree in £1bn student accommodation deal, as McAteer & Rushe get construction contract, Knighthead Capital and Birmingham FC buy 48-acre site for Sports Quarter and Blackstone buys the former Britishvolt site to create data centre.


BPF wants wider definition of ‘brownfield presumption’

The British Property Federation wants the brownfield presumption to capture a wider range of development which takes place in an urban setting including mixed use commercial development.


Renewables and energy storage on brownfields rising

Several applications and studies for renewable energy systems and storage on brownfields and landfills reveal an increasing underlying trend

Impact assessment

Vapour intrusion mystery investigated

Campbell Reith (CR) was faced with investigating a potential Part 2a site involving vapours from a chlorinated solvent plume which had migrated off site beneath existing residential buildings in complex geology. In this webinar, CR partner Simon Burr explains the techniques used from multi-level boreholes to in-house vapour monitoring and how the communication strategy was vital in gaining access to the homes.


MIPIM: key regeneration launches

The property and developer event MIPIM (le marché international des professionnels de l'immobilier) concentrated on quality above quantity this year and there were important regional regeneration launches. Ian Grant reports