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A piece of industrial or commercial property that is abandoned or underused and often environmentally contaminated, especially one considered as a potential site for redevelopment.
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(Sociology) (modifier) denoting or located in an urban area that has previously been built on: Hampshire has many brownfield developments.
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an industrial or commercial site that is idle or underused because of real or perceived environmental pollution.
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[ˈbraʊnfiːld] ADJ [site, land] → previamente urbanizado
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Gerald Kells, West Midlands Policy Officer for CPRE, said: "The idea that we're running out of brownfield land in the West Midlands is a myth.
Around 46% homes would be built on brownfield land and no properties are to be constructed on green belt sites.
The New Local Government Networks (NLGN) is calling for the Government and local councils to make better use of the estimated 3,500 hectares of unused brownfield land to create new community allotments.
The survey shows that council planners in Rugby have allowed less than a third of development on brownfield land.
``The scheme will complement our other developments, reclaim brownfield land and help to meet the needs of existing local companies as well as attracting new investment and jobs.''
As such, housing for brownfield land was acceptable and Kirklees planners recommended it be approved.
We are letting weeds grow on brownfield land instead of building on them.
Mr Stevens denied a claim that developers tended to "cherry pick" the best rural sites above the more difficult to develop brownfield land. He said: "We don't just develop greenfield sites.
It proposes to redevelop the former Vald Birn iron foundry site and nearby brownfield land at Cambois in Northumberland into 470 homes.
"We fully support the Government's commitment to developing brownfield land to meet housing needs."
Glen Langham, an associate at Midlands-based property consultants NAI Fuller Peiser, said there are 5,000 hectares of brownfield land that may be able to accommodate 150,000 new homes in the Midlands.