Developers selected for brownfield pilots

Twenty two developers have been selected by English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency, to bring brownfield land back into use as part of a pilot programme across 14 local authorities.

The pilot programme is designed to provide models for development that can be rolled out to other brownfield sites throughout the country, identifying barriers and solutions to reclaiming contaminated and derelict land.

It is hoped these smaller scale pilot programmes will inspire other private developers and local authorities throughout the country.

"We have had an excellent response from developers who have shown a strong commitment to being part of this programme," said Professor Paul Syms Director of the National Brownfields Strategy for English Partnerships. "These developers will now play a major role in helping local authorities and local people transform some of the country's worst eyesores. We expect the pilot programme to provide a focus for the long-term effective re-use of the country's brownfield legacy."

The local authorities involved are Barrow-in-Furness, Barking & Dagenham, Bradford, Bristol, Dudley, Easington, Ipswich, Kerrier in Cornwall, Manchester, Mansfield, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth, Sheffield, and Tower Hamlets.

The areas were selected for the mix of urban and rural examples with varied histories and reasons for dereliction. They also include authorities with different urban initiatives already in place such as enterprise zones and housing pathfinders.

The list of chosen developers includes such companies as AMEC, Bellway Homes, British Land, and George Wimpey.

David Hopkins



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