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Brownfield Land Used For New Homes

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According to figures published by the Homes and Communities Agency, thousands of new homes could be built on brownfield land available for development.

Within the report, the Government reveals new plans to use 90% of brownfield land for housing by 2020, paving the way for up to 200,000 new homes that are desperately needed.

Following the announcement, agb Environmental urges developers to be mindful of the complexities that brownfield sites can bring, though this should not be a barrier.

Typical contaminants on urban brownfield may include heavy metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (formed as a result of incomplete combustion) in the Made Ground on site (the disturbed top layer of soil). However, this could also harbour a variety of other contaminants associated with past uses of the site and neighbouring sites, such as landfills.

“In addition to the issue of contamination, the brownfield nature of a site may also have a bearing on the structure of the soils, resulting in more complex geotechnical considerations that would normally be associated with a greenfield site,” explains Alex Brearley, agb Environmental Managing Director.

“Fortunately there is a good way of clarifying these risks; a contaminated land and geotechnical desk study, followed by appropriate intrusive investigations.”

agb Environmental has a team of contaminated land and geotechnical specialists that can assist and provide advice, whether you are considering purchasing a brownfield site, planning a development or submitting for planning permission.

More information available here.

For further advice regarding brownfield developments, our experts are on hand to assist you. To arrange a consultation please contact Alex Brearley on 01638 663226 or email

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