The British Government has been pushing for developments to take place on Brownfield Land for decades… but why?
In the world of property development, Brownfield Land is the name given to any lots that are currently vacant because of potential contamination. This includes land that has been formerly used for industrial and commercial purposes where hazardous waste may have potentially resulted in soil contamination. However, as this land is designated for urbanisation, planning permissions are classed as easier to acquire.
Benefits to developing on Brownfield Land
It is believed that building on suitable brownfield land could not only create an extra 200,000 contemporary homes but also prevent developers from needing to build across the Green Belt. By redeveloping Brownfield Land you are repurposing the site, preventing urban sprawl and in turn reducing the environmental impacts of your project.
While recycling brownfield sites is beneficial for the environment it can also be the cheaper choice for developers as the land is often equipped with functional electrical wiring and pre-connected water mains.
What's more is planning permissions are also easier to acquire because its an area that has previously been developed versus green and still natural land.
Drawbacks to developing on Brownfield Land:
Because of the nature of Brownfield Land sites, they often consist of derelict structures and are surrounded by unattractive and economically depressed areas.
Having to tear down these structures and then decontaminate the land can be costly and so these sites are unpredictable when it comes to potential expenses.
In certain cases, because of the lack of people and life, these sites may be infested by rodents or even inhabited by wildlife. This makes the process slightly more difficult because all animals will need to be protected and safely moved before building can begin.