Regeneration and green innovation prominent in Freeports consultation Locked

Planning reforms are expected to help sea ports develop within their boundaries and empower local councils to greenlight local construction projects

UK

Council approves regeneration of Oldham town centre Locked

£306m earmarked for Oldham town centre regeneration, including 2,000 homes

UK

‘Out of keeping’ Sandbach development rejected Locked

Brownfield development snubbed on character and heritage grounds

UK

Dudley to vote on on ‘waste tip’ travellers’ site Locked

Labour accuse Tories of using transit site to block brownfield development in Dudley.

UK

Coventry’s climate emergency’ prompts re-think on green belt Locked

Calls for a review of Coventry’s local plan driven by concerns over climate change

UK

Crushed concrete an important CO2 removal mechanism Locked

The research found that soil strength, measured as in-situ bearing capacity, increased with carbonation with no detrimental effect on drainage.

UK

Buckingham Group wins 450-acre site contract Locked

The work includes 6,000,000m³ of earthworks including demolition, remediation and reclamation excavation, treatment, segregation.

UK

West Midlands re-defines affordability Locked

Affordable housing costs to be linked to local earnings in the West Midlands

UK

Interesting times for Scottish brownfield industry Locked

Brexit uncertainty, a new planning framework and housing targets, the world looking in at COP in Glasgow, a boom in wind and solar, with plenty of old fossil fuel based sites to be cleaned up mean exciting times for the Scottish brownfield industry. Ian Grant reports.

Europe, Global, Scotland

Jacobs to trial PFAS treatment in Orange County Locked

The pilot programme will test different types granular activated carbon (GAC), ion exchange (IX) products and adsorbents to understand which solution is best suited to Orange County’s aquifer water quality and geochemistry.

United States

Fears of ‘body parts’ at Birmingham landfill Locked

Objecting to the housing proposal, local people have voiced fears about 'harmful gases' and 'unknown substances' and a local councillor said there was a photo of a hand found by a dog walker.

UK

Go-ahead for Galliard’s £165m canalside development Locked

It forms part of Birmingham’s largest housing-led urban regeneration scheme, the Greater Icknield Masterplan, which is part of the Birmingham Development Plan.

UK

South Godstone and Harlow ‘test cases’ for green belt Locked

The South Godstone garden scheme is now is being assessed by the Planning Inspectorate - the first large-scale decision of this nature following the general election.

UK

Macclesfield development close to pollution ‘hot spot’ Locked

Save Macclesfield Green Belt group object to the scale, air quality, potential flood risk, habitat destruction and pressure on infrastructure, but the council says correct planning protocols have been covered.

UK

Parents call for oil leak school to be re-opened Locked

Concerned parents were informed at a public meeting that it would cost almost a million pounds to deal with the effects of the oil leak.

UK

City Deal to boost employment in south-west Wales Locked

The decision follows Tata Steel’s announcement that its Port Talbot plant must be “self sustaining”, with the company recording a loss of £371m in 2019.

UK

Green light for Stockport school site Locked

The potential drawbacks of the proposals would be mitigated by wider benefits which include clearing derelict buildings which were being vandalised.

UK

Protestors unite to protect Walsall green belt Locked

A local councilor, said that he was “appalled” that the popular amenity site had been included in the Black Country plan, since plenty of brownfield alternatives were available.

UK

Bridge contract – a symbol of a different Glasgow? Locked

A contract for a cyclist and pedestrian bridge over the M8 which connects the Sighthill regeneration area and the centre of Glasgow could be a symbol for a more progressive, expanding and connected Glasgow.

UK

Knotweed knocks billions off UK property value Locked

According to research carried out by treatment company Environet in 2018, 5% of UK homes are affected – around 1,450,000 properties.

UK

Local plans under attack in Surrey, Kent and Wigan Locked

Objectors largely focus on housing plans for green belt land and disproportionate increases in population.

UK

New standard will assist remediation Locked

It stresses the need for an iterative and dynamic approach to CSM development and applies whether contaminants are naturally occurring or manmade.

UK

Harworth Group brings new life to Moss Nook Locked

A £2m grant will provide the impetus to bring the site to the market later this year, as one of the region’s largest single residential opportunities.

UK

VHE begins remediation at Spennymoor oven site Locked

VHE’s contract includes site remediation and providing site utilities and infrastructure.

UK

Manchester set to consult on new local plan Locked

It will cover a range of emerging strategic issues such as housing demand, transport infrastructure, healthy neighbourhoods and achieving a zero carbon Manchester by 2038.

UK

Fears over anthrax spores from Forfar development Locked

Arguments break out over what is considered to be a safe distance from the potential burial site.

UK

Use brownfield sites for social housing, says report Locked

It found that there are almost 18,000 brownfield sites across the UK and calls for them to be prioritised for low-cost, affordable social housing development, using modern methods of construction.

UK

South Oxfordshire threatened with withdrawl of powers Locked

The new council, which declared a ‘climate emergency’ in the summer, announced its intention to provide fewer homes and to halt green belt releases.

UK

New rules simplify brownfield development in Canada Locked

The changes would reduce construction costs by making it simpler to reuse the excavated soils produced during construction.

Canada, Global, North America

Parsons wins contract for contaminated Giant Mine Locked

The work includes managing arsenic trioxide while protecting health and safety and reducing environmental impact. The 950ha site includes eight open pits, four tailing ponds, more than 325,000 m³ of contaminated soils.

Canada, Global, North America