Programme

  1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair

    Owen Williams Owen Williams
    Senior Environmental Adviser, Brownfield Development Service
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    The Role & Viability of Brownfield Land in Development

  4. Northern Ireland: Managing Brownfield Land as Part of Local Development Planning

    • Outlining our approach to Local Development Planning and how brownfield and contaminated land will be managed as part of this:
      • identifying the key challenges and possible solutions to overcome them
    • Exploring how the process from site investigation to remediation to redevelopment could be simplified and accelerated:
      • improving the availability of information on former land-use and vacant land
      • improving confidence in risk-assessment and verification reports when signing-off planning consents
      • detailing what other information / action is needed to facilitate this process
    • Collaborating with communities and stakeholders to achieve effective brownfield remediation and development
  5. Republic of Ireland: Examining the New National Planning Policy Framework and Implications for Brownfield Land Development

    • Assessing how implementation of the framework is progressing and what the buy-in is from Local Authorities
    • Examining the key changes to the new National Planning Framework that affect brownfield land development and their implications:
      • viability assessments in planning applications  
    • Outlining the role of the Land Development Agency in redeveloping under-used sites and achieving housing targets
    • Examining how Local Authorities are identifying and prioritising brownfield land for development
  6. Guidance for the Development of Small Brownfield & Contaminated Sites

    There are many challenges that can be faced when developing small brownfield sites. As well as dealing with contaminated land, technical, financial, programme and planning issues all need to be considered. This presentation will detail guidance contained within a recent CIRIA publication as to what is typically required during each stage of the development process, from pre-acquisition through to project close-out, taking into consideration the potential issues that might be faced when dealing with a small brownfield site.

    Hannah Fraser Hannah Fraser
    Director, H Fraser Consulting Ltd
  7. Q&A

  8. Morning Refreshments & Networking

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    Regulatory & Policy Updates

  10. Outlining the Current Regulatory Framework and any Recent or Forthcoming Revisions to Contaminated Land & Groundwater Guidance

    • Update on the assessment of the risks to Northern Ireland of not having a contaminated land regime
    • Examining the current status and likely timescales for the implementation and enforcement of Part III of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
    • Detailing the forthcoming regulations for hazardous and non-hazardous substances in groundwater and permitted sites
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    Contaminated Land Investigation

  12. Examining the Development of an All-Ireland Approach to the Investigation, Analysis & Assessment of Asbestos in Soil

    The Ireland Brownfield Network (IBN) has produced a guidance document to support an all-Ireland approach for the investigation, assessment, and management of asbestos in soils, and the subsequent management of identified risks.  

    The document references existing legislation and industry-led guidance, as well as examples of best practice. The aim of this document is to provide a guide explaining the legal requirements with regards to asbestos and identify appropriate mitigation measures to support the safe management and development of brownfield land.

    Speaker to be Confirmed
    Ireland Brownfield Network
  13. Practical Techniques for Improved Data Management, Visualisation & Presentation to Better Inform a Risk Assessment

    • Optimising new technologies available for data collection to get a better understanding of a site and improve your CSM
    • Using GIS to add value to your desk study and SI data to give a better visualisation and understanding of the site and inform the remedial strategy
  14. Networking Lunch

  15. Welcome Back - Opening Remarks from the Afternoon Chair

  16. Managing the Legacy of Historic Landfill Sites for Potential Development

    Ground-Gas: Assessing & Managing the Risks from Landfill Gases

    • Understanding the potential risks from different gases at different points in the landfill excavation and remediation process
    • Best practice landfill gas monitoring techniques
    • Assessing the parameters to be considered in the risk assessment:
      • managing uncertainties in modelling these risks

    Groundwater: Managing the Risks to Groundwater

    • Assessing the levels of risk to groundwater posed by landfill leachate:
      • what is the life-span for specific contaminants?
      • identifying any likely peaks and reductions in risk
      • assessing the behaviour of the plume over time
      • measuring the likely ingress of leachate onto sites adjacent to landfills
    • Better understanding leachate testing techniques and how this can be used effectively for groundwater contamination risk assessment
  17. Innovative Sustainable Bio-Remediation Techniques for Managing & Treating Landfill Leachate

    This presentation will demonstrate the effectiveness of a number of research & development projects, funded by NIEA / DAERA and CASE which are using sustainable treatment technologies to manage contamination from landfill leachate and wastewater in Northern Ireland.

    Chris Johnston Chris Johnston
    Project Leader, Environment and Renewable Energy, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
  18. Case Study: Kerdiffstown Landfill Remediation Project

  19. Q&A

  20. Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

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    Cost-Effective & Compliant Waste Management

  22. Clarifying Current Waste Licensing, Permitting & Management Procedures and the Re-Use of Soils

    Northern Ireland

    • Examining current waste sampling, definition and classification procedures
    • Clarifying waste authorisation requirements for brownfield developments and the Regulator’s view on:
      • the movement and use of soils between sites
      • what can be re-used where
      • effective tracking of waste and duty of care
    • Assessing the impact of recent changes to landfill tax legislation and strategies for managing this in a cost-effective and compliant manner

    Republic of Ireland

    • Understanding the appropriate classification of materials – when is a waste not a waste?
    • Clarifying Article 27 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011 and examining its effective application
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    Regional Remediation Case Studies

  24. Remediation Case Studies

    This session will include regional case studies of innovative remediation technologies and regeneration projects.

  25. Q&A

  26. Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference