SocEnv presses for soil quality baselines for land-use criteria Locked

Its report says changes made to the land-use classification system should also be employed for the mandatory protection and maintenance of wetlands, degraded peatlands and forestry

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Double digit growth in construction predicted – with warnings Locked

Although growth is less than predicted in winter 2020, it comes with warnings of a muted recovery in the office and retail sectors and potential problems in material supplies

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Insight: Remote sensing and continuous monitoring advancing at pace Locked

A Brownfield Intelligence Network panel discussed how the latest advances in remote sensing, continuous monitoring and wireless data management can improve decision making and reduce project times. Ian Grant reports

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Date extension for Brownfield Awards Locked

Project entries accepted after June 2019, two new judges on the panel and new Best Industry Innovation/Adaptation to Covid 19 and Judges 'Choice awards

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Brownfield review: Birmingham | Colindale | Sunderland | Middlehaven | Swanscombe Locked

More resistance to towers this week, as a retrospective application in Sunderland warrants enforcement action, classier name sought for Middlehaven regeneration, The Resort attracts more protests, and Waterman celebrates two projects

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Contaminated land: pet cemetery | Glasgow | Liverpool | PAH | dihydrogen monoxide Locked

Approval for homes on pet cemetery as developments continue apace on land with contamination issues, as pressure group forms against asbestos dumping in Liverpool, LCRM updated and call for use of new PAH protocol

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BRIC involved in asbestos conversion project Locked

It is working with Thermal Recycling and its thermal treatment facility which converts the cement roof sheets containing chrysotile asbestos into sustainable aggregate

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WYCA provides £1.29m for unseen mine workings Locked

The costs of the project have increased since the full business case was approved in January due to remediating the extensive coal and iron ore seams, mine shafts and adits.

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Trust calls for action on raw sewage Locked

Environment Agency data show ‘shocking’ number of incidents in which rivers are polluted by storm overflows, says the Rivers Trust

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CL:AIRE and r3 in £5.7m EU-China bioremediation project Locked

It will develop bioremediation technologies from from proof-of-concepts to industrial commercial processes to tackle chlorinated solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides in a low- environmental impact way

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Mott MacDonald plots vision for Birkenhead Locked

Under an ambitious new plan designed by MM, a sustainable garden community is set to be created on the Mersey waterfront

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Brownfield review: Kelvedon | Bury | Kew | Halton | St Helens Locked

Another campaign group has formed - this time against farmland development and potential new town, as Bury Council sells off land to pay for staff selling it, Berkeley Group takes advantage of planning changes, as land affected by contamination being developed.

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Property bodies warn of severe risk to town centres and high streets Locked

The extension of permitted development rights allowing unused commercial buildings to be turned into homes has led to a furore among major property organisations

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Government rolls out more permitted development rights Locked

New homes from unused commercial buildings will be delivered through a simpler prior approval process instead of a full planning application and ports given the same freedoms as airports for undertaking development

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Ground Gas 2021: Assessment initiatives emerge Locked

Environment Analyst's Brownfield Intelligence Network conference Ground Gas 2021 highlighted several initiatives which have recently or are set to emerge, which are simultaneously challenging and exciting

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Expert Q&A: Rise of the forever chemicals Locked

Awareness of PFAS contamination continues to increase across the world. Jake Hurst, PFAS lead for Arcadis in the UK, describes the role that his company is playing in tackling it, in the US, Europe and elsewhere

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Brownfield review: Gravesham | Test Valley | Portsmouth | Liverpool | West Yorkshire Locked

Plans for a 15-minute neighbourhood in Gravesham, a new green belt in Test Valley, a 'smart development in Liverpool, climate change problems for one in Portsmouth and calls for low carbon developers in West Yorkshire

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Community-led brownfield housing emerges in Oxford Locked

The scheme is set to be a blueprint for community involvement in the future development of unused land for sustainable council homes

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London Resort land designated as SSSI Locked

Conflict appears to be looming as the land set for the London Resort is designated, but the scheme is already a nationally significant infrastructure project

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Oxford-Cambridge expressway cancelled Locked

In what is seen as a policy shift, the government is proceeding with East West Rail and the Department for Transport (DfT) will now investigate the need for more targeted road interventions.

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Are we entering an era of data-led planning? Locked

Our resident Brownfield expert Ian Grant presents the key conclusions from a lively debate hosted by Voice of Authority on the challenges and opportunities of embracing a data-led planning system

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Brownfield review: Newbury | Bradford | Edinburgh | Darwen | Leeds Locked

Robert Jenrick in another donor development decision, but agrees Bradford site after call in, while in Edinburgh a developer appeals over lateness and in Darwen it is houses planned near mine-shafts concerning residents.

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London Resort workers set for cruise ships Locked

Plans for two cruise ships to be moored opposite the proposed development for construction workers have raised concerns in the Unite union.

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Call for debate on community access to contaminated land Locked

Rochdale MP says that when developers have a view to build on contaminated land, it often causes concern to local communities.

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Labour calls for inquiry into Community Renewal Fund allocation Locked

It is also criticising allocations on the Levelling Up Fund that about a third of English areas picked to receive money are not in the top third of the most deprived regions, and with the Towns Fund, 39 out of 45 places chosen have Tory MPs.

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Quarter of a million homes planned on greenfield Locked

Report finds only 10% of these built over the last four years are considered affordable by the government and they are being built at a density of 14 houses/ha.

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Expert Opinion: Is the UK sleepwalking into a PFAS contamination nightmare? Locked

The co-author of the Emerging Contaminants Handbook, and Tetra Tech’s recently appointed technical director and global PFAS practice lead Ian Ross, discusses how the DuPont settlement and recent tightening of standards by the DWI will impact the UK

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Jackson Remediation launches in brownfield arena Locked

Launched this month Jackson Remediation, is seeking to shake up the remediation sector by offering a high-quality, tailored service at a competitive price

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Brownfield Land Scotland: new era emerging Locked

Earlier this month Environment Analyst’s Brownfield Intelligence Network event, Brownfield Land Scotland 2021, covered a diverse set of subjects ranging from changes to the planning system and regulation post-Brexit, to ground gas risk assessments and remediating PFAS. Below is our summary.

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Brownfield review: Brighton | Basingstoke | Sterling | Newcastle | Isle of Wight Locked

Contamination fears were raised this week with groups joining forces against a development in Brighton, also leading to houses being rejected in Basingstoke, and rigorous conditions put on homes in Sterling.

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