The challenges both developers and governmental organisations face in the redevelopment of brownfield sites, in comparison to greenfield sites in a city environment

Clapton, Max (2014) The challenges both developers and governmental organisations face in the redevelopment of brownfield sites, in comparison to greenfield sites in a city environment. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Greenfield land for development has a somewhat negative perception in the public eye. However, with the demand for housing increasing development is becoming essential in most parts of the UK.
    The purpose of this research project was to investigate the challenges both developers and governmental organisations face in the redevelopment of brownfield sites, in comparison to greenfield sites in a city environment. For this project a particular case study of the city of Bristol had been chosen due the level of development activity being sufficient to help meet the research objectives.
    The research objectives revolved around: an investigation into the main problems associated with developments taking place on brownfield sites; assessment of the effectiveness of the range of measures the UK government has initiated to encourage brownfield re-development; assessment of the extent of supply of and demand for brownfield sites in Bristol; and an investigation into the most common types of developments carried out on brownfield land.
    From the research gathered six brownfield risks were identified as; contamination, planning-ecology, due diligence, land ownership and heritage and archaeological aspects. Discussion of the risks do identify that a brownfield site poses more risk than a greenfield site however, this does not always act as a deterrent to developers developing on brownfield land. The research demonstrated that government policies and incentives do go some way in supporting brownfield redevelopment, but primary data did give mixed opinions in terms of how effective those measures actually were.
    Current demand for brownfield land within Bristol is focused around both residential and student accommodation developments, with a number of new student blocks being constructed through the use of permitted development rights. Along with market demand location was also a determining factor of what development may be selected for that site.
    Supply of brownfield sites within Bristol was considered to be sufficient however, a number were not situated in the right location which can mean developers have little interest in them.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 15:01
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16443

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