Due to the UK’s chronic housing shortage, the government has made it clear that brownfield sites shall be made easier to build upon for developers.
As experts in understanding how to overcome the challenges posed by brownfield sites, including contaminated land and flood risk, agb Environmental are on hand to help developers take advantage of this new approach.
With councils playing a critical part in bringing forward brownfield land, and placing local development orders to provide sites with outline planning permission, this will not only speed up the building of new homes, but also protect valued and much loved greenfield countryside.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explains the government’s decision: “We’re determined to make the very best use of derelict land and former industrial sites to provide the homes this country desperately needs in a way that protects our valued countryside. By ensuring commitments to housing development are in place early and having dedicated housing zones, building becomes quicker and easier for homebuilders, businesses and councils.”
The government is well aware of the limitations of land reuse and expects that it will restrict the number of houses that can be built to 200,000. And even then, these could have restrictions due to potential contamination and flood risk.
agb Environmental provides comprehensive support and guidance to developers of brownfield sites. Our experienced in-house geo-environmental specialists can work from contaminated land desk studies through to successful remediation and validation to ensure any pollutants are dealt with adequately to satisfy all stakeholders.
Our consultants have considerable experience of working with regulatory bodies, as well as specialising in a range of ground investigation techniques. Previously having worked on ex-industrial sites, petrol stations, gas works and landfill sites, you can be reassured your project is in capable hands.
Offering flood risk assessments in all Flood Zones countrywide, our industry experts will conduct a full assessment of brownfield sites to reduce disruption for the project. Taking into account the bigger picture we ensure the correct level of service, keeping you aware of progress from initial consultations through to project closure.
For further information please contact Alex Brearley on 01638 663226.