Virtual conference with insightful presentations and case studies
14 October 2020
We are pleased to announce that the Brownfield Redevelopment: Midlands 2020 conference will take place on 14 October in partnership with the Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC).
This informative virtual event will bring together local authorities, developers, policy-makers, landowners, remediation companies, and other stakeholders to explore solutions to key redevelopment challenges.
With a specific regional focus on brownfield development projects across the Midlands, the programme will demonstrate best practice in implementing technical and planning policy, as well as practical case studies of "real-life" projects. Online networking breaks and Q&A sessions will provide an opportunity to both make new, and reinforce existing, contacts, enabling you to engage with others looking to find ways to unlock brownfield land and maximise growth and delivery.
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Who should attend?
Contaminated Land Officers
Contaminated Land Specialists
Environmental Health Officers
Policy and Communications Officers
Strategies and Tools to Successfully “Unlock” Challenging Brownfield and Contaminated Sites and Accelerate Development
13:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks
13:30 Making Land Available for Development - Facilitating the Viability and Delivery of Brownfield and Contaminated Sites
The Midlands region’s “Brownfield First Policy” and extensive regeneration programme is leading the way in brownfield development. This presentation from the WMCA will detail the support and funding they are making available to facilitate the unlocking and delivery of brownfield and derelict land.
13:50 Clarifying Support and Funding Available from Homes England
Detailing the role of Homes England in helping redevelop sites
Clarifying exactly what funding, support and expertise is available to SMEs
Outlining what the Home Builders Fund is and how to access it
14:25 The Brownfield Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC) and the National Brownfield Institute (NBI), Facilitating the Regeneration of Brownfield Sites
Established in October 2017 by the University of Wolverhampton, BRIC is helping to bring brownfield sites back into use by offering free, innovative, bespoke support to Black Country SMEs who require assistance with brownfield remediation and regeneration. In August 2020 it was announced that the University of Wolverhampton had been awarded £14.9 million to establish the National Brownfield Institute, creating a national centre of excellence for remediation. The activities of BRIC will be presented here, along with the plans for the NBI.
14:45 Demonstrating How Local Authorities, Developers & Other Stakeholders Can Work Together to Generate Value on Difficult Brownfield Sites
15:20 Brownfield Opportunities in the East Midlands: M1 Junction 25 is Getting Busy!
Greater Nottingham needs space for new houses. Transport infrastructure is also an important consideration: it will be hosting the only new station on the entire HS2 network, and the country’s second busiest freight airport and the nearly completed intermodal Maritime Transport rail freight terminal are both a short distance away – but not well-connected to the public transport system yet.
This presentation will look at some of the spatial challenges of master planning whilst ensuring life does not come to a grinding halt, the Greater Nottingham strategic review that is now underway, and the opportunities for brownfield development within all of this.
15.40 Development of Brownfield Land on Coalfields in the Midlands
The historic coalfields of the Midlands now pose a significant opportunity for brownfield development, but these areas are not without risk with respect to their mining past. The Coal Authority continues to work to keep people and the environment safe in mining areas and we will share some recent case studies of coal mining related hazards in the Midlands.
Understanding the records and information available in coal mining areas can be key to unlocking the potential of development sites on the coalfield and to understanding any potential risk.
The extensive network of mine workings in the Midlands provide a significant opportunity for geothermal energy supply and storage for future developments.
16:20 Close of Conference