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EIC wants planning policy guidance for contaminated land

The UK’s contaminated land sector is worth £1 billion a year and employs almost 10,000 people. The sector is expected to grow by almost 3.5 per cent per year between now and 2015, with the number of jobs expected to increase to 12,000 over the same period. Despite these huge business and employment opportunities, current market conditions could drive development away from brownfield sites, to what is perceived to be easier/cheaper greenfield plots. 

The previous planning policy of prioritising development on brownfield land has encouraged widespread remediation of contaminated land across the country. It has created substantial environmental and economic benefits - to developers and the growing land remediation industry but also in terms of sustainability by bringing otherwise derelict land back in to beneficial use and at the same time, safeguarding our valued green spaces. The recent Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Report highlights the lack of an evidence base for the changes introduced by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2012.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are putting the greenbelt at risk and undermining the Government's "Green Economy" growth plans by damaging the international competitiveness of the UK's remediation industry. Of particular concern to the brownfield development industry and specifically the EIC-members was the withdrawal of specific guidance on land affected by contamination (PPS23) and its “replacement” by a brief comment within the NPPF.

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