UK Brownfield Expansion Opportunities
In recent times, the absence of adequate green sites for the purpose of development has increasingly led to the popularity of brownfield sites. This is most especially so in locations where the demand for commercial and residential property is on the high side. Approximately, there are about sixty-six thousand (66,000) hectares of brownfield region located in England, and most of it can be found in the fast growing areas of London. Brownfield sites are not only considered for rehabilitation of commercial and residential structures but are also open spaces for conservation, woodland, recreation and some other creative activities.
Remediation or reformation of a brownfield site is a total removal of any substance known to cause contamination, thereby making the environment safe and conducive for human dwelling. The redevelopment will take place as soon as every environmental human health risk factor has been thoroughly assessed and taken out. I’m reality, however, not every Brownfield site is eligible for remediation. This is true when the total cost of remediation exceeds the real value of the site after development.
In recent times, some new remediation techniques have begun to emerge–they are now providing an exceptionally low-cost remediation process (providing protection and preservation to the brownfield environment) when compared to the common traditional ways. Like the bioremediation, which makes use of natural procedures of local plants, microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, and enzymes to neutralize or destroy contaminants and toxins. The phytoremediation makes use of plants to withhold contaminants in their stems and leaves (bioaccumulation). Some types of contamination like heavy metals are harvested for reuse which is known as phytomining. With this method of remediation, it is crucial that these contaminants do not connect with the food chain. These techniques are offering essential information about the capabilities of natural processes for transforming harmful materials to its natural non harmful state.
The reclamation of brownfield spaces is a major component of UK’s Sustainable Development Strategy, with the integration of a wider range social, environmental, and economic objectives. The redevelopment of Brownfield sites not only purifies the eyesores and environmental hazard but also serves as a catalyst for the regeneration of a community –especially when these communities are involved in the consultation procedures of site restoration/identification.
Brownfield areas offer affordable housing, promote wildlife and conservation, creates employment opportunities, and also provides a place for relaxation and enjoyment. Transforming a Brownfield site is a sign of hope for the upcoming generation.
In the UK, there’s a long history of well structured and orderly property development transactions, which is always protected and monitored by a legal setup ( which is always second to none ). This gives confidence to foreign Investors and those firms that are already familiarized with the property and land transactions everywhere in the UK.