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Brownfield

The designation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for existing facilities or sites that are abandoned, idled, or otherwise underused real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination that needs to be cleaned up before the site can be used again. Examples are former dry-cleaning establishments and gas stations. The use of brownfields typically reduces land cost by using land that is less desirable. However, lower land costs must be balanced against the cost of any required remediation and possible health risks to residents. The EPA sponsors an initiative to help mitigate these health risks and return the facility or land to renewed use. Many green guidelines and standards provide points for building in brownfield areas.
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Namely they failed to address John's direct question, why ignore numerous available brown field sites whilst allowing our green belt to be eroded.
Both planes, a twin-engine Sabreliner and a single-engine Cessna 172, were inbound to Brown Field at the time of the crash, Gregor said.
We do need more housing; we would love to see it done on brown field sites but developers supported by Government policy won't do it.
They were suburban education establishment playing fields designated as Green Field and Green Space until, with a wave of the legislative wand, they become Brown Field housing land.
He said: "There are wonderful brown field sites across this area.
I worry that a new mini town on the outskirts of Darlington could adversely affect other Teesside districts, but this could be softened if Peel's ambitions were to include development of other brown field sites in our area.
In fact research we published showed that brown field land is constantly coming onto the market as unexpected windfall sites replenish the supply.
As part of the construction project on the former brown field site, Asda also redesigned the highways around the area to reduce the effect of extra traffic on the town.
Wrexham's chief planning officer Lawrence Isted said the projected homes could all be built on brown field sites.
Left alone, weedy brown field sites are very valuable as a wildlife resource but, because they can look very scruffy, dry gardens are a good compromise as they make the city look more attractive as well as being wildlife-friendly.
and was en route to Brown Field Municipal Airport near Mexico's border.
Mr James said: "Confidence in the manufacturing sector is low and very few brown field sites are being sold for residential building and we could see a softening of rental levels.