Collaboration and communication in brownfield development Locked

We present key outcomes of our Brownfield Intelligence Network event on improving stakeholder communication and collaboration in the risk assessment-remediation-development process.

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Community land bid turned down by fund Locked

Fund says it was concerned about levels of support and lack of community consultation, but reformers say there are not enough funds and little viable alternative options.

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Brownfield review: York | Basildon | Newcastle | Norwich Locked

Some big projects have gone through this week including York Council announcing the go-ahead for its 2500 homes project. But in Norwich Weston Homes is fighting Robert Jenrick's refusal of a scheme, in the High Court.

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IES outlines routes to soil sustainability Locked

The report outlines the severe threats from soil degradation and outlines radical solutions including soil risk based registers and assessments prior to land sales going through.

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AECOM fares well at Brownfield Awards Locked

It won Best Preparatory Work and Best Project Closure/Verification categories and was in a consortium which won Best Materials Re-use and Best Infrastructure.

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Midlands: Silicon Valley of the brownfield world? Locked

Once the heart of the industrial revolution, the Midlands region is emerging as the centre of innovation for brownfield regeneration. Ian Grant investigates

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Future looks promising for heat from mine water Locked

Awareness of the geothermal potential of abandoned mine workings is on the rise. The Coal Authority's Dr Charlotte Adams explains more

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Wellcome Trust bids for Urban&Civic Locked

A source of patient capital suits Urban&Civic which is required to make substantial up-front investments to make sites suitable for housebuilders.

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Brownfield review: Redcar | Birmingham | Caerphilly | Swansea | Worthing Locked

Councillors concerned in Redcar despite big contribution , student accommodation issues again, more greenfield houses than agreed and developer says biodiversity guidance will restrict housing numbers.

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Regeneration investment fund proposed for UK Locked

Long-term, low-interest funding backed by government guarantee could be key to faster, greener development say construction leaders

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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework in doubt again Locked

Green belt worries set to jeopardise the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and brownfield investment plans for councils.

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BGS joins with Arcadis to enhance bioremediation of 1,4-dioxane Locked

The chemical can lead to serious health effects and is a challenge to remove from soil and groundwater .

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Enough brownfield land for 1.3m homes, says CPRE Locked

CPRE report reveals planning permission for 565,564 units on brownfield and says it is not the planning system stopping faster housing but slow build out rates and market drivers.

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Elmbridge tries to diffuse retirement homes row Locked

Council faces accusations of ageism following turning down retirement village on grounds of competitiveness, vitality, viability and housing need.

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Trafford | Caerphilly | Oldham | Cambridgeshire | Regeneration deals Locked

A public inquiry on timing, brownfield beats greenfield in Caerphilly, a council rejects plans from its own company, and several regeneration deals this week

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Councils increasingly turning to private investment Locked

Local authorities are increasingly looking to private equity markets to fund housing and regeneration projects

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Brownfield review: Sunderland | York | Greenwich | High Wycombe | Manchester Locked

A site vacant for 30 years set for development, a rejection due to 'factory views', residential-over-car-park developments continue apace and industrial land around Manchester proving popular, this week.

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Green belt decimation claims from Solihull campaigners Locked

CPRE claims Solihull hasn't come up with accurate figures for brownfield sites in the centre of Solihull, but council leader says a brownfield first policy is being followed

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BCP Council buys strategic power station site Locked

The move is set to facilitate development which includes 800 homes along with commercial and employment opportunities.

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EA replaces CLR11 with LCRM Locked

The Environment Agency has replaced to long lasting and influential risk assessment and remediation methodology with a restructured and updated process.

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Disrupting the data silos Locked

Atkins’ report on open data in brownfield and contaminated land says it should not be siloed and aims to challenge the norm and start disruptive conversations within the industry about how data is accessed and where the true value lies. Ian Grant reports.

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Brownfield review: Belfast | Tenterden | St Helens | Wirral | York Locked

Water connections limiting brownfield development, water voles holding up roadworks, and speeded up and delayed local plans causing furore, this week.

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Johnson confirms brownfield focus as MPs oppose allocation plans Locked

The Prime Minister confirms housing targets will focus on brownfield, but a growing group of Conservative MPs say they will oppose the proposals for housing allocations.

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Brownfield drivers secure under planning reform Locked

In a flash webinar run by Paul Nathanail – GHD’s technical director contaminated land assessment and remediation – the impacts of the Planning for the Future whitepaper on the UK’s mature brownfield industry were discussed at length. Ian Grant reports.

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Brownfield review: Liverpool | Salford | Rochdale | Leeds | London Locked

In Liverpool, worries over lack of control on lorry parks, while in Salford, a victory for brownfield , a new Neighbourhood concept development in Rochdale, and a warning to infill developers in south London, this week.

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WMCA clean-up loan releases industrial site Locked

The £3.6m loan will enable clean-up of the 2.7-acre industrial site, helping smaller local companies find premises.

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Liverpool publish plan to keep UN World Heritage status Locked

A development prospectus for the North Shore shows moderated building heights, less massing and enhanced heritage views in an attempt to retain World Heritage status

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Yorkshire councils back devolution deal Locked

Brownfield development is one area set to benefit from the additional £1.8bn public investment to the region

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Government adds £30m boost to local housing initiatives Locked

Councils can bid for £20m towards remediation and infrastructure to bring forward housing sites, while partnerships can make bids to a £10m fund for property programmes.

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Brownfield review: Manchester | Sefton | Warrington | Coventry | Teesside Locked

A key development starts in Manchester, social housing in Sefton, retirement homes in High Streets and problems with Coventry figures this week.

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