Brownfield sites: why are so many undeveloped?
Whether a site is suitable for housing development will always come down to its location and other site-specific issues. Much has been written in recent years about Britain’s so-called housing crisis – yet millions of acres of brownfield sites across the UK remain undeveloped. Is this a wasted opportunity, or are there other reasons why so many brownfield sites remain undeveloped?
Brownfield sites are former industrial and/or commercial sites. Whilst brownfield does not always mean contaminated, one of the common reasons why brownfield sites may be developed for housing is the presence of contamination.