With a number of councils and combined authorities stating a clear brownfield-first policy, developing, and making the most of, formerly-used derelict land is at the heart of local growth plans and regeneration in the North of England.
However, the perception is that bringing brownfield land back into re-use is costly, has long timescales and is fraught with uncertainties. Obstacles such as complicated or unclear ownership makes land purchase difficult, and physical challenges such as contamination and lack of infrastructure significantly reduces the perceived viability of brownfield sites, hindering or preventing their redevelopment.
This one-day conference will provide updated policy, technical and funding solutions to help reduce the risks and potential costs of brownfield and contaminated land development, increasing investor and developer confidence; and so maximising viability.
This regionally-focused event will bring together local authority planning, regeneration and contaminated land officers, developers, policy-makers and other stakeholders to explore the effective use of available planning and funding mechanisms, solutions to overcome viability barriers such as uncertain ground conditions and contamination risk, and provide cost-effective and compliant remediation and waste management solutions.