|From:||Tony Chenhansa <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 4 Mar 1999 11:39:31 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||United Kingdom:"Brownfields housing faces problems"|
The following article summary is from the BBC News website. I had no luck finding the survey (on the WWW) the articles refers to. If some does find it please let me know. Thanks http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_288000/288230.stm Monday, March 1, 1999 Published at 15:42 GMT Brownfield housing faces problems During the past couple of years, the UK government has been trying to introduce incentives to "ensure 60% of new housing is built on "brownfield" land." The government estimates that four million new homes will be needed by 2016. The government's purpose is also to make "better use of urban sites in order to prevent the countryside disappearing under bricks and mortar." In 1986 survey, the "Inner Cities Commission" identified 54 brownfield sites that could be developed for housing in England and Wales. Of the 54 sites only 39 sites had been developed. And only 29 had been developed for housing, on either whole or part of a site. Recently the Civic Trust and The House Builders Federation reviewed the survey and came up with a some key issues important to the development of housing on brownfields. The research says: * There has been a poor fit between the original identification of sites for housing and the actual achievement of successful housing development on them. * Contaminated land continues to be a significant obstacle to development. Nearly half of all the sites in the first survey (26) were found to be significantly contaminated in 1986. Of these, only 15 have been developed. * More than 70% of builders would not hold contaminated land in their portfolios. There are also signs that banks and building societies are unwilling to lend for development on polluted land. * Public and private landowners are often unwilling to sell land, either due to economic and market factors, or as a result of short-term views and an unrealistic attitude to land values. The researchers recommend a new focus in government policy to reflect important variations between regions in market structure, local character and customer demand and better site selection. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_288000/288230.stm Here are some additional links if you're interested in finding out more about this topic Civic Trust http:// http://www.civictrust.org.uk/ House Builders Federation http://www.new-homes.co.uk/index.html Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions http://www.detr.gov.uk/ Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk/ Coucil for the Protection of Rural England http://www.greenchannel.com/cpre/ -- Tony Chenhansa, Program Coordinator Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) 425 Market Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 ph: 415-904-7751 fx: 415-904-7765 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cpeo.org A program of the San Francisco Urban Institute
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