An abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial property, the reuse or redevelopment of which is complicated by real or perceived contamination. Brownfield sites have received US EPA funding for redevelopment.
Clearly, it's important that brown-field land is used where it is suitable for housing, and can be viably developed, but based on NLP's analysis, development of brownfield land will not solve this problem in the North East or indeed at a national level.
But the government wants to go further and has set a clear ambition to have local development orders granting planning permission for new homes in place on over 90% of suitable brownfield land by 2020.
But the strategy also recommends building on brownfield sites first and ruling Labour councillors say there is enough brownfield land in Coventry to accommodate 22,000 new homes, which they claim should keep developers off the green belt.
This is now further underlined by the Government's recent Planning Policy Guidance Note requiring good design and layout to make the best use of brownfield land and thus improve the attractiveness of residential areas.
The latest land acquisition maintains Harwood Homes (Midlands) 100 per cent record of developing on brownfield land at the Midlands sites it has launched since the Halesowen-based Redrow Group company set up in the region last April.