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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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In Birmingham, there is a huge amount of brownfield land that could be used for housing.
Across the country there is enough brownfield land to deliver up to 200,000 new homes, and ministers expect to see planning permissions covering 90% of this land to be in place by 2020.
There is enough previously developed brownfield land to deliver up to 200,000 new homes - and with housing a key part of the government s long-term economic plan, ministers are looking for permissions for homes to be in place on more than 90% of this by 2020.
In the early 1990s there wasn't much brownfield land available in Rugby.
The notion that areas of brownfield land will soak up all of Tyneside's housing requirements for the foreseeable future is misguided.
As mentioned, there are unused brownfield land, also hundreds of flats (previous buy-to-let properties) that are empty in dozens of mill conversions.
The Government may be celebrating its success in achieving its targets to develop 60 per cent of new homes on brownfield land by 2008, but it appears that term is still viewed with suspicion by many communities and developers.
The pounds 17m project, which is already well under way, will eventually see nine acres of brownfield land north of the Coast Road transformed.
A trust spokeswoman said: "The hospital would be one of Sandwell's most significant development projects, and would bring forward under-used, brownfield land for redevelopment.
European funding is being made available to help finance the new pounds 7 million Innovation Centre on brownfield land at Eliot Park, next to Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital.
In addition the Government is also selling off surplus public sector brownfield land and has extended permitted development rights on developed brownfield sites to help bring thousands of empty and underused buildings back into use.