RSK acquires Electrokinetic and EiB Locked

14th & 15th purchase of the 2021/22 FY adds innovative remediation technology, and bid writing expertise

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Dwellings per hectare critical in inspectors’ decisions Locked

Inspectorate rules that densities achievable on a brownfield site will not be suitable for family homes, but overturns a Council decision that an independent living proposal is over-development

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Brownfield review: West Bromwich | Aberdeen | Fife | Croydon | Cricklewood Locked

Surprising reaction to Wellbeing Tower in West Bromwich, as Aberdeen brownfields get boost, Fife goes for a CPO and industrial and logistics continues apace in England

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Contaminated Land: Perth | Dudley | Easton | Buckingham | Biochar Locked

Who is responsible for contamination caused by flooding? Lead and Beryllium causes angst in Norfolk, as a closed loop biochar initiative gets backing in Scotland, and who did 80 skeletons with hands tied in Buckinghamshire belong to?

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Atkins wins national asset register contract Locked

Once operational, NUAR is expected to deliver around £350m/yr in benefits by avoiding accidental asset strikes, improving the efficiency of works and better data sharing

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Gove in, Jenrick out as zoning set to be dropped Locked

Michael Gove has replaced Robert Jenrick as housing secretary as widespread unofficial reports are claiming that mandatory housing targets and the zonal planning system will be dropped

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Berkeley issues green bonds for brownfield developments Locked

Berkeley is bringing forward 29 challenging brownfield sites around the country

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Hargreaves – out of coal and into brownfield Locked

The group says it anticipates strong growth in its property development business and has seen strong demand for distribution centres

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Cambridge’s low carbon plans threatened by water scarcity Locked

Adventurous low carbon, high biodiversity and socially inclusive local plans could be hampered by slow delivery of water infrastructure

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Green belt issues proliferate in August Locked

Planning inspectors rule on individual sites, as resistance to local plans rises across the country

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Brownfield review: West Midlands | West Yorkshire | company news Locked

Combined authorities give generous funding for brownfield, but Bradford ask why Leeds has double the funds, as warehouse permissions proliferate and Build to Rent goes from strength to strength

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Brownfield review: Glasgow | West Midlands | London | Manchester | Falmouth Locked

Leave brownfield alone and ecological gems will come, in Glasgow, as sustainable energy stipulations affect designs and layouts in London and a row bubbling over shipping containers for the homeless in Manchester

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Government backtracks on flat rate national infrastructure levy  Locked

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick says councils will determine how to provide the homes they need, with communities having a greater voice from the start of the planning process

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Government legislates for good design Locked

The government says the National Model Design Code (NMDC) will ensure the planning system helps to create more attractive buildings and places

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High streets could provide up to 500,000 homes Locked

The Policy Exchange says every council should prepare a commercial assessment and release land for mixed use regeneration and the government should reform the business rate system

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UNESCO strips Liverpool of World Heritage status because of regeneration plans Locked

Some say UNESCO is 'out of touch', others say the loss is due to weak planning and regulation of new development. Environment Analyst investigates

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Conservationists wait for legal protection over London’s Disneyland Locked

Conservationists opposing plans for a huge theme park south of the Thames, one of two UK homes for a rare jumping spider are waiting for legal protection to be officially declared

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BRIC links up with Land Hero Locked

BRIC can utilise a bespoke search tool enabling it to highlight brownfield sites to a national audience of developers and land buyers

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Housing secretary could designate wildbelts Locked

The signs are that wildbelts will be included in the Planning Bill whereby landowners would "opt in" to designate their land and receive subsidies in return for rewilding programmes

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Industrial north needs gap funds and loans to level up Locked

The Industrial Communities Alliance says due to low land values, private companies don't develop space in the old industrial areas and communities need gap funding and loans to help level up

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Brownfield review: Forfar | Aberdeen | Edinburgh | Bournemouth | Manchester Locked

Residents object to manifestations of the energy transition, as a developer says its permission is not green enough and an SSSI halts another

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Superfund resources set to increase via tax revival Locked

Calls to reinvigorate the contaminated site clean-up program gain traction

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Brownfield review: Black Country | Staines | Birmingham | Cambridge Locked

As councils launch the Black Country Plan with over 7,000 homes on the green belt, West Midland mayor calls for a brownfield review, as towers proposed and rejected and Savills IM gains success with zero carbon industrial development

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Every development needs a climate goal, says CCC Locked

The Committee on Climate Change has warned progress has fallen short on ensuring suitable building standards and the Planning Bill "misses the powerful opportunity" to ensure developments and infrastructure are compliant with the net zero goal

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Government pushing ahead with planning reforms, regardless Locked

Councils complain they can't build out or up, as rebel Conservative MPs say they will not accept what is being put forward. There is big trouble brewing.

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Berkeley bucks the trend Locked

Any fundamental structural shifts brought about by COVID-19 wouldn’t harm a city like London, says chief executive

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Council plans for ‘wildbelt’ along Bristol borders Locked

The initiative includes linking green areas creating grassland and wildflower meadows, building ponds, restoring hedges and planting around 6,000 new trees.

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Business leaders debate sustainability within the brownfield sector Locked

Senior representatives from ten environmental & engineering consultants, remediation contractors and developers discussed the role of the brownfield & regeneration sector in delivering sustainability

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Consultants urged to use British Standard for VOC soil data Locked

Older methods of collecting Volatile Organic Compound soil data are still being accepted by regulators, but soil sampling experts are pushing for increased standards with the use of the new British Standard method

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Brownfield review: Barry | Bolton | Telford | Rugeley | St Helens Locked

Hydrocarbon storage plans alert regulators, as mixed views emerge on distribution centres, differing fortunes for former coal mining areas, as grants enable developments in Manchester and Liverpool, as Andy Street defends expenses

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