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Relying on brownfield for housing won’t work, says CPS Locked

Centre for Policy Studies report claims levels of brownfield land are insufficient; if all sites were built on immediately they would provide a land supply only for around four years.

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Brownfield review: Arcadis | Avison Young | Lendlease | St Francis Group Locked

Arcadis set to develop Hanley; Avison Young gains £50m for local authority clients; Lendlease to regenerate Smithfield, Birmingham; while the St Francis Group completes the Parallel 113 logistics site near Walsall.

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Pushing towards a circular economy Locked

The waste industry is seeing rapid change, with impending regulatory changes that will help the drive towards a circular economy. 'Plan early to reduce waste' is the key message from our Waste and Materials Management Conference.

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Hargreaves’ revenue and profits rise through HS2 work Locked

The company reports that activity levels on HS2 increased, but it was also helped by inflation-related escalation clauses.

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Devolution proposals meet stern opposition Locked

Devolution is part of the government’s Levelling Up agenda. But despite positive noises coming out from council leaders about recent deals, serious opposition to the plans is growing among councillors.

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Inland Homes sells strategic land portfolio Locked

The company breached covenants on debt to two lenders, and said the sale would enable it to enhance the value of brownfield land through the planning process.

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Natural England releases Green Infrastructure Framework Locked

The full suite of standards and mapping tools is now available to developers, planners and advisors.

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Brownfield fares badly in Levelling Up round 2 Locked

Funding round results in disappointment in the number and value of allocations — and the total sum.

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Former PM promotes brownfield; Labour raises questions on inflation and transparency Locked

A Q&A session with the Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities featured Boris Johnson standing up for brownfield as the government announced extra funding to cover rising costs.

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Brownfield review: London | West Midlands | Bolton | Rotherham | Glasgow Locked

Bad news and good news as Berkeley Group sounds warning, WMCA announces housebuilding recovery, Bolton gets £12m for regeneration, and Harworth sells plot — plus small sites breakthrough.

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DLUHC releases £60m for council brownfield development Locked

Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 aims to support the transformation of small, council-owned sites that have been previously developed, by funding small scale infrastructure and remediation work.

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Welsh government buys Baglan Bay site Locked

Location makes 911 acre site a key strategic purchase; options for the land development will follow technical studies and consultation with stakeholders.

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Investment zones undergoing rebirth in slimmed down version Locked

DLUHC minister says investment zones will be focused on productivity, improving growth and job creation, but the previous expression of interest process will not be taken forward.

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Onshore wind sees mixed but improving signals Locked

Subsidy and policy changes are improving England’s onshore wind prospects, but they still lag behind those of Scotland and Wales, while all regions face challenges bringing it to the grid.

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Defra to ramp up plant biosecurity measures Locked

New strategy aims to deliver a step-change in plant health protections for Great Britain, with potential implications for developers, landowners and other businesses.

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Sustainable drainage to become law for England  Locked

Recommendation comes in light of realisation that traditional drainage systems, under pressure from climate change and population growth, are resulting in sewage runoff into rivers.

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Available brownfield land in England increases by 6% Locked

But former industrial heartlands, which are most in need of levelling up, are least likely to have planning permission to redevelop brownfield.

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Councils delay local plans due to government announcements Locked

Uncertainty regarding likelihood of ministerial statements becoming law splits local council responses.

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More devolution deals supply brownfield finance Locked

Deals agreed with the north-east, Suffolk and Norfolk include ringfenced brownfield funding.

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National planning policy could see short- and medium-term radical changes Locked

Consultation to decide on reforms to national planning policy encourages brownfield-positive change and food security.

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Developments progress on three contaminated sites in England Locked

Application for 180 homes on landfill affected site in Amber Valley, as 'most contaminated site in Europe' progresses and a temporary travellers' site on an old landfill in Dudley is made permanent.

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London Resort plans scaled back Locked

SSSI and 'freeport' designations mean plans for the largest resort development in the UK have been scaled back.

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Government urged to ‘fill gaps’ in Environment Act targets Locked

NGOs express concerns regarding lack of detail in water quality targets and continuing jeopardy for protected sites and species when EU Habitat Directive is repealed.

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Nature and land use crucial to UK net zero journey Locked

Westminster policy conference finds agriculture sector lagging on emissions progress — but consulting sector could help with strategy and measurement.

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Real estate ESG consultancy hits sweet spot for growth Locked

Ambitious UK firm Evora Global plans to take on the ‘big four’ in ESG consulting for the real estate sector, especially in US and Asia. Its chief strategy officer, Sonny Masero, spoke with Environment Analyst.

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Road agency recognised for carbon commitments Locked

UK’s National Highways will be audited annually to demonstrate its year-on-year performance on managing and reducing whole life carbon emissions.

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Government on course to limit solar on farmland Locked

A reclassification of agricultural land earmarked for farming would considerably reduce the number of solar sites on farmland. Could brownfield sites be the answer?

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Brownfield review: Runcorn | Gosport | Ayrshire | Hertsmere | Winchester Locked

MP questions biodiversity net gain in Runcorn; housing development application refused in Fareham and Gosport; plans for homes on old cornmill in Ayrshire thrown out; Hertsmere Council encouraged by government announcements, but developers in Winchester less so.

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Housebuilding permissions hit seven-year low Locked

Survey results come just as the government says mandatory housing targets should be advisory only.

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Far reaching changes set out in Levelling Up Bill Locked

New measures shift focus to local decision-making and penalise developers failing to build on purchased sites.

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