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Operating Update in Relation to Covid 19

Currently we are operating as near a normal service as possible. Some of our work can be done by our staff operating remotely from home and we are set up so that all our staff can work from home.

For almost every project it is necessary for us to visit the site in question, either for a walkover or for sampling. Every activity requiring our staff to leave home is risk assessed, this includes the risks of travel as well as those on site. We will continue to make site visits where it is possible to do so safely.

We will make every effort to continue to provide a normal service so please if in doubt contact us and we will advise if we are able to safely undertake your project.

The Government is Launching a National Brownfield Map

On 12 March 2020 the Government published a policy document entitled ‘Planning for the Future‘ which sets out its plans for the delivery of housing and further reforms to the planning system.

Within the document the government undertakes to launch a national brownfield sites map in April 2020. It will also conduct a call for proposals to seek evidence on the barriers to, and opportunities in, building above stations in urban areas. We are not entirely sure why the government appear to see these two items as inextricably linked.

The document goes on to say “It is vital that we make the most of existing transport hubs, encouraging modern, green communities where people live close to public transport.”

We await the publication of the map with bated breath.

Brownfield Register sites plotted on digital map

The National Housing Federation has placed the Brownfield Register sites on an interactive online map making them easy to locate. The map gives an estimate of the number of homes that can be built on each site, proximity to the green belt, site ownership and planning status.