1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening remarks from the Morning Chair

    Jane Healey-Brown Jane Healey-Brown
    Director, Arup & Planning & Housing Commissioner, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Arup & Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  3. Keynote  Achieving good growth – Enabling delivery on challenging brownfield and contaminated sites

    • The Combined Authority role in facilitating development and infrastructure
    • Using funding streams effectively to deliver
    Cllr Tim Swift Cllr Tim Swift
    Leader, Calderdale Council and Vice-Chair, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
    Kate Thompson Kate Thompson
    Head of Implementation, West Yorkshire Combined Authority & Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. (Kate will be joining Cllr Swift for Q&A)
  4. Clarifying the support and funding available to de-risk brownfield sites and increase “deliverability”

    • Clarifying what funding is available for brownfield and housing development, and where
    • Detailing the types of projects that have successfully received Government funding and the criteria that helped secure this money
    • Examining exactly what support and expertise is available to Local Authority partners to remediate and de-risk sites:
      • what will be expected of Local Authorities from such partnerships
      • how do Homes England allocate and prioritise funding and support
    • Exploring what “gap” or “top-up” funding is available to schemes that have initial investment but lack sufficient funding to progress
    Rob Pearson Rob Pearson
    General Manager, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Homes England
  5. Morning Refreshments and Networking


    Identifying Suitable Brownfield Land & Tools to Facilitate its Development

  7. Local Authority Perspective: Practicalities of using Brownfield Registers as an effective and workable tool in bringing brownfield land forward for development

    • Practicalities of considering contaminated land investigation and risk assessment in a planning application
    • Determining what impact brownfield registers have had so far in bringing forward sites for development
    • Assessing the extent to which the initial registers compiled to meet the deadline are a realistic and workable tool and how these could be improved
    • Exploring how we can best work with consultants, developers and other stakeholders to overcome the obstacles associated with developing brownfield sites
    Ann Barker Ann Barker
    Lead Officer Contaminated Land, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
    Michael Eaglestone Michael Eaglestone
    Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects), Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
  8. Update on the use of Brownfield Registers in planning and development – next steps, responsibilities and liabilities

    • Update on the compilation and use of brownfield registers since the Dec 2017 deadline
    • Examining how sites will be entered onto Part 2 of registers:
      • determining when direct application for PiP is likely to be in force, the types of development eligible and information requirements
      • what is the appetite of local authorities for listing sites in Part 2 and what are the barriers / motivations?
    • Exploring how registers will be maintained and used effectively going forward
    • Assessing the implications of listed sites for developers and consultants and associated liabilities - who ultimately decides if a site is viable for development?
    Simon Colvin Simon Colvin
    Partner, Weightmans LLP
  9. Making land available for development and bringing life to brownfield sites - case study of the Carrington project

    • Identifying the barriers to development and the measures taken to influence these
    • Effectively dealing with contamination and legacy issues
    • Achieving successful collaboration between local authorities, developers, and other stakeholders to increase viability
    Mike Reed Mike Reed
    Strategic Growth Manager, Trafford Council
  10. Lunch and Networking

  11. Opening remarks from the Afternoon Chair

    Matt Gardner Matt Gardner
    Partner & Senior Technical Director, Arcadis
  12. Regional Case Study: Lessons learned from the Kirkstall Forge regeneration project

    Kirkstall Forge is the oldest continually industrialised site in the UK and the largest brownfield site redeveloped in Leeds. This presentation will look at some of the contamination and remediation challenges faced and detail how these were overcome, enabling Phase One of the redevelopment to be completed. It will also look at how such a large and complex site is managed and brought forward over such a long time-scale.

    Patricia Gill Patricia Gill
    Director, WYG
  13. Partnership Working at its Best - Demonstrating how local authorities, developers, and other stakeholders can work together to unlock value on difficult brownfield sites

    Phil Mayall Phil Mayall
    Regional Director, North West, Muse Developments

    Better Understanding Ground Conditions to Increase Viability

  15. Innovative solutions for better site characterisation to increase developer confidence, reduce likely costs, and improve development viability

    • Determining the type and detail of data required to build a detailed conceptual site model (CSM) and more accurately assess contamination risks
    • Exploiting data analysis techniques such as GIS, 3D modelling and statistics to add value to your data and facilitate more informed planning and design
    • Contributing to development viability by:
      • effectively using geo-technical and environmental data alongside land and property values
      • working in teams to mitigate site development constraints leading to abnormal ground costs
    Andrew Moore Andrew Moore
    Technical Director, WSP
  16. Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

  17. Detailing Project Iceberg: Exploring the benefits of 'buried data' to increase land viability and help de-risk future investment in cities

    • Examining market research into the current state of play
    • Data operation systems and interoperability for an integrated data platform
    • Use cases and benefits of an integrated data platform
    • Project Iceberg committee and pilot activities
    Stephanie Bricker Stephanie Bricker
    Team Leader, Urban Geoscience, British Geological Survey

    Remediation and Materials Management on Brownfield Sites

  19. Asbestos: Practicalities of applying current asbestos guidance to the demolition and redevelopment of contaminated sites: ensuring safe and compliant removal and re-use

    • Reviewing and practically applying recent CARSOIL guidance alongside HSE and other guidance
    • Ensuring you have sufficient data to make robust and informed decisions regarding the level of risk from asbestos:
      • exploring actual threshold levels being used throughout the sector
      • what specific wording should be used in planning conditions?
    • Best practice for accurately identifying and managing traces or very low levels of asbestos
      • at what level must this material be classed as hazardous and increased mitigation measures applied?
      • giving confidence to landfill and waste site operators in managing this material
    • Assessing the risk of re-contamination during demolition– to what extent could soils that were deemed “clean” then become contaminated?
    • Exploring the most suitable remediation and re-use techniques for asbestos fibres in soil
    • Practicalities of identifying, remediating and re-using asbestos-contaminated materials on-site – case study example
    Steve Edgar Steve Edgar
    Managing Director (Designate), Vertase FLI
  20. Outlining the implications of changes to waste management regulations for brownfield development projects

    • Detailing changes to the landfill tax regime as of April 2018 and the implications of these for the disposal of materials:
      • waste permitting requirements
    • Examining how the new guidance will impact on existing DoWCoP and quality protocols for aggregate re-use in brownfield development
    • What are the likely cost and landfill tax liability implications of these changes?
    • Exploring ways to enable and encourage materials reuse and balance on site or finding donor sites
    Tim Hull Tim Hull
    Technical Manager, Contaminated Land, BWB Consulting
  21. Closing remarks from the Chair and close of conference