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town (1990 pop. 18,666), seat of Franklin co., NW Mass., at the confluence of the Deerfield and Green rivers, near their junction with the Connecticut; settled 1686, set off from Deerfield and inc. 1753. The first cutlery factory in the United States was established there in the early 1800s. Other products include silverware, electronic components, and lumber. Agriculture and dairy farming are also important. The town, the eastern terminus of the Mohawk TrailMohawk Trail.
1 Old road (c.100 mi/160 km long) in central New York state following the Mohawk River. It was the sole route through the Appalachians by which thousands of settlers emigrated from the Eastern seaboard to the Midwest.
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, was the site of many Native American attacks until 1735. A historical museum is in the town. Asher BenjaminBenjamin, Asher,
1773–1845, American architect, b. Greenfield, Mass. His Country Builder's Assistant was published in 1797 and The American Builder's Companion, with Daniel Reynard, in 1806.
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 was born there, and several buildings designed by him remain. Poet's Seat Tower provides a spectacular view of the town.


Semirural real property that is undeveloped (except for possible agricultural use) and is being considered as a site for development.


denoting or located in a rural area which has not previously been built on


A brand new installation of hardware or software without having to integrate new elements into existing ones. Contrast with "brownfield," which is an upgrade to the current system. Greenfield and brownfield are building industry terms that refer to clean, undeveloped land (green) versus contaminated land or land with existing structures (brown). The terms may refer to network installations as well. See green, greenware and greenwashing.
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By November of that year, he admitted publicly in an interview with the Echo that greenfield land would have to be released for development.
The plan would be one of the biggest housing developments Cardiff has seen in recent years, with plans for more than 1,000 homes to be built on greenfield land.
We are unwilling to allow homes to be built on greenfield land.
It is a strategic investment in one of our core industrial markets with the potential for superior rental growth in the medium term due to the lack of greenfield land supply, combined with competing land use interests in the area.
The first decision will be to rule on controversial plans for the 'Mirfield 25' development - a mix of employment units and 166 houses on greenfield land off Slipper Lane.
WE WROTE: Concerns have been raised over proposals for a housing development on greenfield land in Marske.
There is, of course, an important distinction between the green belt itself - land which is safeguarded from encroachment - and greenfield land, which simply refers to land which has not been built on previously (or, in some cases, land where previous developments have blended into the landscape over time).
The committee will be told 14 residents have objected to the plans, claiming the new bungalows on greenfield land would be a "blot on the landscape".
Sandra Camwell has collected a huge number of signatures on a petition opposing Coventry City Council's proposals to build over 4,290 houses on greenfield land.
But Mr Fabricant pointed out in Parliament the statement was false as over 50 per cent would be built on greenfield land currently used for farming and the housing minister later issued a formal apology.
THE cost of land needed for new homes could be about to change sharply - with the value of 'brownfield' land previously built on in towns and cities falling while greenfield land in the country becomes more valuable, says a new survey.
She added: "Poundbury is an urban extension and the level of density will take that into account as well as the need to avoid building on greenfield land more than is necessary.