A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination

Southern Testing recognise that small sites can have a range of particular difficulties and constraints that make them especially vulnerable to delays and unforeseen technical and engineering issues, which can in turn threaten the viability of development projects, especially on small brownfield sites, where contamination from historic land uses can be an issue. However, small sites can be developed relatively quickly if they have been planned and managed well. Ciria’s new guidance document “A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination (C773)” provides useful information to developers on the issues associated with the development of small brownfield sites at every stage of a project from developing the project team and pre-purchase, through to planning, construction and the closeout of the project.

The guide has been designed to help build the confidence of developers who do not routinely develop brownfield sites, through the use of clear, practical advice, diagrams and case studies.

Southern Testing are proud to have been actively involved in the development of this new guidance, which provides advice to help overcome the barriers and issues that can obstruct the development and management of small brownfield sites. The document also gives general guidance on the technical, financial and planning issues when managing land contamination.

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