Building on Brownfield Land – What you Should Know
In the UK finding a plot of land to build new housing on is becoming increasingly difficult. A lot of land is protected and is not available for building on, and in many rural locations, residents heavily oppose new developments being built on green land.
But there is another option for building land – brownfield land. These sites are usually a great deal cheaper and easier to come by than traditional building plots such as fields. But the reason that they are a cheaper price is also because building on brownfield land is not as straightforward as building on other land.
Brownfield land is land that has been used in the past for industrial reasons – it may be a disused factory, petrol station or builders’ merchants for example. For this reason, it is essential that before any building work is done on the land, you should find a soil remediation company such as this one https://soilfix.co.uk/services/groundwater-soil-remediation-services to ensure that the ground is safe and free from contamination. This may be chemicals, or hazardous materials like asbestos.
Although this part of the process can be time consuming, there are many advantages, besides the lower price to using brownfield land for housing. For one, it is usually in an already established area, so you will not only find it easier to get planning permission, but it is also useful for transport links and links to an already existing local community, such as schools and shops.