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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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The most desirable solution, from every point of view, is to use up brownfield land first.
His plans include sweeping aside planning laws to allow new homes to be built on brownfield land without permission.
The centre is playing a really important role supporting youngsters and has significant presence in the town having transformed brownfield land that was previously a blot on the landscape.
The Chancellor and the Mayor also confirmed the creation of nine new Housing Zones on brownfield land, following a speech the duo set out a long term economic plan for the capital.
His underlying sentiment, in an area where we have more than our fair share of brownfield land ripe for development that would help stitch our urban framework together in a sustainable way, is admirable.
Yet according to the LV= research, over one in ten (11%) new homes built on brownfield land have suffered problems as a result of the land the property is built on, affecting a total of 74,000 homes in the last ten years.
Cardiff council's draft development plans, facing opposition from Assembly planning inspectors, depend on using brownfield land to meet the demand for housing.
8 million [pounds sterling] of regeneration funding into Bury to transform 73 hectares of brownfield land into community woodland.
It will involve the regeneration of 185 acres of brownfield land and develop nearly half a million square feet of leisure facilities, including a cinema, restaurants and specialist retailers.
Cox Freeman helped to carry out a feasibility study and put together the planning application to develop the 35,000 sq ft park on five acres of brownfield land off Hucknall Road.
MacAlpine attributes half of its output, resulting in record pre-tax profits this year, to sales of homes built on brownfield land.
Development of brownfield land can address shortfalls in the availability of land for housing and other buildings, but these sites present a range of problems that must be overcome in any successful development.