Contaminated Land News

EDAROTH signs development agreement with Hyde Group Locked

The partnership says homes will be built 50% more quickly using pre-manufactured materials produced off-site and delivered, which cuts carbon emissions.

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Bee discovery adds more problems to London Resort development Locked

The shrill carder bee is a priority species of conservation concern and provides a boost to those objecting to the gigantic theme park.

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£35m brownfield housing boost for South Yorkshire Locked

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority says it will prioritise schemes that are innovative and raise housing quality, as well as how well they deliver against the principles of ‘stronger, greener, and fairer’.

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Development on London and south east green belt sites increases by a fifth in a year Locked

Green belt development has risen 127% since 2016, and the counties of Hertfordshire, Essex and Surrey account for two thirds of all current development threats to London’s green belt.

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Department for levelling up updates flood risk guidance Locked

The updated Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) advises how to take address the risks associated with flooding and coastal change in the planning process.

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New housing and regeneration policies taking shape Locked

The new PM and housing secretary want to scrap centralised, top-down targets under the government’s standard method of assessing housing need, giving more say to local communities.

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New private equity investor snaps up CTS Group Locked

Construction testing company will join wider, rapidly expanding Phenna Group of companies.

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Commons committee says government looks to be centralising planning Locked

Witnesses to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill inquiry say localism is under threat, and detail is sorely lacking

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Brownfield business roundup: LLDC-Ballymore | Seddon Construction | Reading BC | Watkin Jones  Locked

LLDC and Ballymore link up for over a thousand East London homes, Seddon Construction takes over a contract in Salford, Reading Borough Council seeks a development partner, as Get Living and Watkin Jones seal another BTR deal

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Brownfield review: Bristol | Stratford | Manchester | Leeds | N. Tyneside | Walsall Locked

Schemes in Bristol and Stratford go against officer recommendations; a hidden covenant scuppers a grant-funded Salford project; and butterflies reduce storey heights in Tyneside as several large projects emerge.

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East Midlands in line for devolution and additional brownfield funding Locked

A newly elected mayor would have compulsory purchase powers and be able to designate mayoral development areas.

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PFAS drives new environmental indemnity provisions Locked

Growing awareness of PFAS risks could mark a return to more complex liability allocations between property buyers and sellers.

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Construction sector needs ‘transformational shift’ on carbon Locked

Carbon life-cycle measurement requires common set of metrics and methods to bring consistency, UKGBC report concludes.

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Devolution deal gives York and North Yorkshire up to £750m Locked

The deal is the first of 13 devolution negotiations named in the Levelling Up white paper to come to fruition.

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Could landfill tax refunds fund brownfield developments? Locked

Government call for evidence seeks information on where landfill taxes obstruct redevelopment — and on how to ensure a grant scheme would not incentivise illegal dumping.

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Mayor’s West Midlands brownfield study attacked Locked

Conservative councillors say Labour got the brownfield figures wrong, while Labour says the study misunderstands the Black Country Plan and puts houses on employment land.

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Development on prime agricultural land raises food security concerns Locked

CPRE finds 14,500ha prime agricultural land has been lost to development since 2010, going from 60ha/yr lost to more than 6,000ha/yr over the past 12 years.

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Radical changes for brownfield policy outlined by Tory candidates Locked

Rishi Sunak would stop development on the green belt, but Liz Truss promises to build one million homes on the green belt and is promoting brownfield zoning

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Staff share in LUC’s strong performance Locked

Environmental design and planning firm attributes its ongoing success to a diversity of clients and services — and employee ownership. Managing director Jon Grantham spoke with Environment Analyst.

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Calculating carbon to assess alternative remediation options Locked

Soilfix presents its innovative carbon calculator designed to address embodied carbon in remediation & regeneration projects

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Turner & Townsend unveils embodied carbon calculator Locked

Software aligns with key industry guidance and recommendations.

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Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 launched Locked

£40m-worth of capital grant funding available for councils in 2022/23 with another £120m on the horizon

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Regeneration lease structure – a model for local authorities? Locked

As construction begins at Miller's Quay, it proves the merits of regeneration lease structures to help cash-strapped councils' progress their regeneration projects

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Levelling Up Round 2 prospectus launched Locked

Round 1 saw £1.7bn awarded to 105 successful projects across the UK

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Mass resignations cast doubt on housing legislation Locked

Concerns mount over the Building Safety Act; The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill; the Renters Reform Bill; alongside the future of social housing reform

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Shortlist for Brownfield Awards 2022 announced Locked

New criteria and several new categories are featured this year, including ‘Best Research, Innovation or Advancement of Science in the Brownfield Sector’, and ‘Best Early Career Brownfield Professional’

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Homes England pilots partnership working model Locked

The approach is aimed at sub-regions with the most ambitious plans for housing growth and a strong pipeline of potential opportunities.

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West Midlands study targets existing sites for new homes Locked

Brownfield housing capacity report points to underused car parks and vacant town and city centre buildings for more homes.

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Inland Homes reports increasing loss due to contract costs Locked

On a more positive note, revenue rose in the six months to March 2022 and group net debt fell.

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Silvertown unblocked after 40 years Locked

Loan financing from Homes England will enable infrastructure; funds from the GLA will enable 1,500 homes in phase one.

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