Brownfield database paves way for UK

Published:  13 October, 2009

LONDON: Land redevelopment opportunities, including new homes, in London are set to be transformed, thanks to a new freely available online tool, launched today by the London Development Agency (LDA) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

London Brownfield Sites Database is being hailed as the country's most comprehensive database of land available for redevelopment. It records around 2300 previously developed brownfield sites across the capital – more than 2% of the land in greater London.

This is an increase of over 1000 sites than was recorded on the previous National Land Use Database system.

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, this includes transport routes, deprivation, social infrastructure, as well as heritage and natural environment assets.

Visitors to the database website will be able to identify sites suitable for development, and better explore and understand a site's context.

At a time when developers are seeking greater certainty over site availability and site suitability, this information will help to establish clear redevelopment opportunities. Other regional stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, and English Heritage have contributed to the system. London Boroughs can use the data to inform their policies, site specific allocations, and housing and employment land availability assessments.

Peter Bishop, LDA group director of design development and environment, said: "We are delighted with the London Brownfield Sites Database and associated Good Practice Guidance. It provides a very efficient means of accessing information about our world-class city. Thanks to the co-operation of Boroughs and regional partners, the Database significantly builds the level of regional intelligence on previously developed land.

"We look forward to continuing to work alongside the Homes and Communities Agency, London Boroughs and our regional partners to promote sustainable development"

David Lunts, HCA regional director for London, said: "This new London Database demonstrates the value of an information tool which harnesses the latest technology in an intuitive and visual way.

"We are already considering how other parts of the country could benefit from this pilot."

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