TOO many housing developments are going ahead on greenfield sites when brownfield sites
are available and have had public money spent on them, according to campaigners.
If the council was serious in protecting green spaces for future generations then it would undoubtedly have encouraged developers to submit plans on brownfield sites
and done everything in its power to ensure that those brownfield sites
were developed as a priority.
-which are for with for -be by its housing being developments says brownfield site
Middlesbrough recent But the PS19.5m raised council the last from sites has helped council budgets the Government.
However Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said generally Government funding for redeveloping brownfield sites
had shrunk since they came to power in 2010 but welcomed this new injection of cash.
"Benefits to brownfield site
redevelopment include preserving green space by recycling existing sites, and capitalizing on existing infrastructure to promote sustainable development."
Once considered high investment and litigation risks, developers are increasingly experiencing the benefits of investing in rehabbing brownfield sites
. In fact, 50,000 sites have gone through state-sponsored cleanups since 1994, and experts estimate the total number--including those purely controlled by private efforts--exceeds 450,000.
Some $7.5 billion has already been spent to convert abandoned brownfield sites
into new industrial, commercial or residential developments, said Kaiser.
The Government hopes the money will help councils clear up brownfield sites
quicker which means they can then plough on building between 750 and 2,000 affordable homes per zone.
Gateshead's 'Exemplar Neighbourhood' project would convert more than 100 acres of brownfield site
and former shops at the southern end of the town's High Street into housing in a community model inspired by continental Europe.
Instead, the draft regulations remind applicants that the "Department may reject a request to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, even if the real property meets the definition of 'brownfield site
,' upon a determination that the public interest would not be served by granting such a request," an acknowledgement of the continued viability of the guidelines.
A brownfield site
is an abandoned or idle property where expansion or redevelopment may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
AN 18-ACRE brownfield site
at Bridle Road, Aintree, Liverpool has come onto the market and PGPL re-generation, the consultants overseeing the development on behalf of the owners are looking for proposals from developers.