Brownfield Awards deadline extended to 17 May Locked

Don't forget the new categories and criteria this year

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Clients and costs blamed for construction sustainability shortfall Locked

Report highlights “lost decade” of sustainability progress in the construction industry, citing a lack of client demand for sustainability and the perceived financial costs of sustainable projects as barriers.

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Arup to advise on ‘exemplar’ green business park Locked

Brownfield project hopes to deliver 3,000 new jobs for Liverpool city region and to benefit from the Liverpool freeport

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Levelling Up Bill takes centre stage, weakening 300,000 home target Locked

The radical ideas of last year's Planning White Paper have been subsumed into the Levelling Up agenda, which proposes fundamental changes to the housing market and deflects from the new homes manifesto commitment

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Savills Earth: Guiding clients through the ESG maze Locked

April 2022 saw the first anniversary of Savills Earth, the energy and sustainability wing of the FTSE250 real estate services group. Ian Grant discusses its origins, the net zero agenda and energy, with its head David Jackson and directors Chris Cummings and Nick Green.

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Brownfield finance: Ashcourt Group | Residential Secure Income | Inland Homes | LGIM Real Assets Locked

Another National Grid site sold, as Residential Secure Income buys 39 new homes, Inland Homes parts with part of Wilton Park and LGIM gets green loan

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Brownfield review: Halton | Walsall | Solent | Bradford | Stockton Locked

Plans for green belt homes flood Halton, more angst with Black Country Plan, nutrient neutrality raises head in Solent and tree trouble in both Bradford and Stockton

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Mapping the PFAS jungle Locked

Ian Grant provides a summary of Dr Claire Stone's presentation at Brownfield Scotland 2022 entitled: Analysis of PFAS – Methods, Limitations and a Case Study, and the subsequent discussion about the challenges and constraints of current laboratory and analytical methodologies

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Brownfield review: York | Leeds | Bristol | Milton Keynes | Winchester Locked

Development at three major projects in York, Leeds and Bristol this week, as parish councils object to housing targets around Winchester and solar farm protesters get lucky

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All asbestos to be removed from public buildings within 40 years Locked

The Commons Work and Pensions Committee says reliance on the current asbestos regulations will not be good enough and a ‘system-wide’ strategy for the long-term removal of asbestos is needed

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Soilfix continues growth despite brownfield sector headwinds Locked

Soilfix MD George Evans explains the company’s fortunes post-COVID, its ambitions in the brownfield sector, and discusses future ownership

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Density solution for Sheffield homes Locked

A PhD student has plotted two storey extensions in Sheffield which could potentially provide homes for 175,000 and save some of the city's green spaces

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Council denies developers being driven away Locked

A property consultant claims that the Liverpool Local Plan could drive developers away due to its tight stipulations

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Johnson promotes brownfield to assuage housing target fears Locked

In a pre-election visit, PM Boris Johnson said the Levelling Up agenda will take pressure off building homes in London and the South East and emphasised financial support to unlock brownfield land

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Deadline for Brownfield Awards entries approaching Locked

The deadline for Brownfield Awards 2022 with new categories and criteria is approaching

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Brownfield wildlife to gain legal protection Locked

Environment secretary George Eustice says some wildlife on brownfield sites will gain legal protection in the site classification shake up

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Brownfield review: Brighton | Aberystwyth | Walsall | Moseley | Warrington Locked

Developer sends in simultaneous application and appeal | three years for flood decision | protests break out over local plan encroachment on green belt

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Returns rise 21% in good year for Harworth Locked

Long term undersupply of industrial and logistics properties continued to drive demand from occupiers and investors and helped Harworth to its highest total annual return to date

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Taking samples at former landfill site deemed potentially unlawful Locked

Last year Spelthorne Borough Council’s environment and sustainability committee wanted to conduct an investigation into the site, but legal advice said taking samples could be potentially unlawful without adequate evidence

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London Resort plans temporarily withdrawn Locked

Developer of the London Resort has withdrawn current plans due to the classification of Tilbury as a freeport and the need to move the ferry terminal to Grays

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Brownfield Finance: Berkeley Group | English Cities Fund | Edmond de Rothschild REIM Locked

The Berkeley Group acquires the 50% National Grid interest in jv St William Homes, as parties commit to another 10 years of the English Cities Fund, and St Francis Group and ALMCOR agree first sale on important brownfield site

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Government boost for UK green shipping Locked

New government office (UK SHORE) launched to stimulate the development of zero emission fuels, including hydrogen, electricity and ammonia

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Vertical farming starts to take off at brownfield sites Locked

The environmental advantages of vertical farms, including reduced energy, waste, water and transport, are well researched and brownfield site utilisation is gathering pace

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Black Country green belt sites saved Locked

Two areas of green belt targeted for development in the Black Country Plan have been axed following protests, but campaigners are worried similar areas remain vulnerable

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Berkeley offsets costs with rising prices in volatile market Locked

Company says that sales pricing is sufficiently ahead of the business plan to absorb construction cost increases, but issues warnings over inflationary pressure, supply chain constraints, planning complexity, delays and Ukraine

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MP asks for distribution hub to be called in Locked

Following a glut of permissions for logistics and distribution centres, Warrington MP Andy Carter is requesting that a recent 3.1m sq ft hub is called in

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Brownfield review: Manchester | Sheffield | Wirral | Mole Valley | Colchester Locked

A week of big housing announcements with over 5000 homes in Manchester, 18,000 in Wirral and sites helping to meet a 53,000 demand in Sheffield, while green belt encroachment raises political questions in the south

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Brownfield finance and contracts: PIC | Barhale | Blackfinch Property | Knight Dragon | Ryan Locked

PIC continues regeneration push, Barhale wins Barking Riverside contract, L&Q selected for Greenwich housing, Blackfinch Property provides brownfield loan, and Catax acquired by Ryan

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A complex road to a sustainable soil future Locked

Bruce Lascelles, UK director - sustainable land use at Arcadis outlines the threats of soil degradation and opportunities of managing it sustainably.

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IEMA launches guidance for land and soils Locked

The guidance says the practical implications of soil functions, soil biodiversity, soil health, ecosystem services and natural capital should be applied within the overarching framework of climate change, to incorporate them effectively into the EIA process

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