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Link is found between living near brownfield land and poor health

The findings by Durham University suggest that the regeneration of brownfield land should be considered as a policy priority for local authority public health teams.

The research – the first to examine the link between brownfield land and health in England – shows that brownfield sites could be a potentially important and previously overlooked environmental influence on health.

Brownfield land is previously used or derelict land that may have real or perceived contamination problems and that requires intervention to bring it back into productive use. The Homes and Communities Agency estimates that there is around 62,000 hectares of brownfield land in England alone.

Durham University researchers found that local communities with large amounts of brownfield land in England had poorer health outcomes, including limiting long term illness. Electoral wards with large areas of brownfield generally had worse health compared to those with no brownfield or only small amounts.

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The Northern Echo

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11065027.Link_is_found_between_living_near_brownfield_land_and_poor_health/