The Brownfield Briefing Awards, now in its tenth year, received a record number of entries and eleven winners were announced at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Dick Strawbridge and attended by 350 people at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London.
A local authority is seeking Blanefield-type funding from central government to remediate 18 residential properties it determined as contaminated earlier this year where residents face hardship because of the cost.
The European Commission has been considering proposals to replace the abandoned soil framework directive with rules which would be much less prescriptive on land contamination but would take a strong brownfield-first approach to soil sealing, but the appointment of a new "business-friendly" Commission plainly hostile to the environment may threaten this.
Brownfield Briefing conducted a debate after its Site Investigation conference: “This house believes the DEFRA C4SLs make a viable contribution to the risk assessment of brownfield land in England”. Ian Grant reports.