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Councils must use their regeneration powers

Local authorities are well placed to ride out the early recession stages and, although income from planning fees and Section 106 are falling, they should exercise new powers to promote recovery.
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SNOWMAN awaits January

SNOWMAN, the European network of funding organisations for sustainable management of soil and groundwater pollution, expects to open its second trans-national call for research on 12 January.
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Northern Way recasts itself

The embattled Northern Way initiative is trying to reinvent itself away from project delivery towards a body of analysis and influence

Tar pit to be removed

Aberdeenshire Council has awarded a £173,115 contract to Environmental Reclamation Services for remediation works at the former gasworks in Queen’s Gardens, Huntly, which the Council determined as contaminated last year.

lockedWhat’s all this buzz about then?

The final Urban Buzz Conference outlined its many and varied outputs, spawned 28 research projects and explored key themes of greening, mapping, regeneration and engagement.
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Monthly BB news comment

It's just possible that someone out there believed the recent property industry pronouncement that house prices would be back to 2007 levels in two years' time.
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New system to protect from radon and moisture

Property preservation and environmental service specialists ProTen Services have come up with a new product designed to combat the problems of moisture and radon gas
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Credit crunch not stopped calls for housing land release

The effect of the economic crisis on construction has been confirmed by a new survey of building material makers, but it may also be tempting house builders to shift to lower density housing.
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John Laing partnership with Croydon

Croydon Borough Council has set up a Local Asset Backed Vehicle with John Laing to regenerate sites in the town centre and to provide the Council with a new headquarters.
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A taxing new planning addition?

The community infrastructure levy could make the redevelopment of complex brownfield sites unviable unless it is sensitive to the preparation costs and property values.
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