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UK Chancellor’s fund for housing development on land in need of remediation

The UK government has announced that it will give £600m in funding to help deliver infrastructure projects that will unlock an estimated 50,000 homes.   Chancellor Sajid Javid revealed on Saturday that the money would be given to five new infrastructure projects across the country that would open up sites for housing development. The money will come from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, the £5.5b...
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Announcing the towns for Reimagine

Repurposing disused buildings, a revamped town square and a new cultural corridor are just three of the six projects part of a community-led architecture and design programme, ‘Reimagine…’, announced by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Reimagine… brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of each of th...
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Land already serviced should be prioritised for development – Engineers Ireland Report

About 600,000 Irish people live in damp or rotting homes while almost two million houses will need to be refitted here in coming years, experts warn. Professional body Engineers Ireland publishes a report on Wednesday showing that homes and infrastructure in the Republic are in a poor condition and require immediate action. The State of Ireland 2019 report says that Brussels-based E...
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Potential Brownfield housing site so contaminated workers would not be able to touch the soil

Engineers clearing a proposed Derbyshire housing site contaminated with industrial waste would have to wear protective clothing and masks.  They would also be advised not to let the soil they would be removing touch their skin.  It’s because of a legacy of the dumping of harmful industrial waste products at the site at Somercotes, including poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals. But a developer ...
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Verde to speak at Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference, Belfast, 1st May

Verde’s Principal Environmental Consultant Malcolm Dowling, has been invited to speak at the Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference in Belfast on May 1st on the topic: Clarifying Current Waste Licensing, Permitting & Management Procedures for Brownfield Redevelopment:  Implementing Article 27 (ROI) Understanding the appropriate classification of materials – when is a waste not a...
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Brownfield Registers in UK beset by liability problems

A survey from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England claims to have discovered that there is enough brownfield land in England for a million new homes. But the report shows that the system devised by Government to encourage councils to identify brownfield land with the potential for rapid house building is not working effectively, because of the lack of resources in local authorities...
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Don’t let Contaminated Soil Remediation costs hit you like a ton of bricks

The New Lincoln Elementary School was demolished without fanfare this summer after years of standing vandalized and vacant in Lackawanna’s 1st Ward. Officials now face a soil remediation project with a price tag approaching $400,000.  “Asbestos was removed from the building before demolition, but petroleum used for heating the building had leaked from tanks into the soil,” said Drew Shapiro, Lacka...
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Laois factory land will take years to decontaminate and remediate says EPA

Contaminated site remediation has finally begun on a factory site in Laois, and it will take years to make the land safe for use.  The land was poisoned by chemicals from Avon Cosmetic's factory Arlington Ltd that closed in Portarlington in 2000.  Arlington Ltd made costume jewellery and soap for over 20 years on the Canal Road site. However a chemical solvent was regularly dumped on land behin...
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Environmental Considerations When Buying a Possibly Contaminated Property

The availability of large tracts of land on which to build new projects in advantageous locations is shrinking.  As a result, there is a growing trend of buyers considering the purchase of properties with unresolved environmental issues that they never would have considered in the past due to, among other things, potential liability, internal risk management protocols, and the inability to obtain ...
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