The increasing need for brownfield sites
A brownfield site is defined as land that was previously developed that has the possibility of being reused. It is usually land that has been used for commercial or industrial use that is now displaced and may be contaminated. Brownfield sites can also refer to industrial land that has been abandoned and also contaminated with low levels of hazardous wastes and pollutants.
Lack of green space available for construction purposes means that brownfield sites are becoming more in demand, especially in places where the demand for residential and commercial property is high. There are more than 66,000 hectares of brownfield sites in the UK, and around a third of these in areas of high growth in greater London, the South East and East. It has surpassed the target to build over sixty percent of new builds on these sites and aim to continue increasing this amount in the future.
Brownfield sites are considered for rebuilding not only residential and commercial buildings, but also as an open space for recreation, conservation, woodlands and other public areas.
All brownfield sites should be analysed by a professional remediation consultant before they can be rebuilt. For a Land Remediation Company, visit https://soilfix.co.uk/services/groundwater-soil-remediation-services
This involves analysis of soil, groundwater and surface water through testing for harmful substances, and ensures that appropriate measures are taken to reduce the risks and liabilities identified. Development plans must be made in accordance with applicable regulations and a special license is required to reclaim brownfield sites and stringent environmental regulations can be a barrier for developers. If the assessment is positive for pollutants, the next step is remediation.