Policy Updates and Practical Solutions for the Improved Risk Assessment, Remediation & Redevelopment of Contaminated & Brownfield Land in Wales

  1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Simon Dunstan Simon Dunstan
    Environmental Consultant, Atkins

    Innovations in Brownfield & Contaminated Site Investigation

  4. Improving the Value of the Site Investigation (SI) and Conceptual Site Model (CSM) through New Techniques for Data Collection, Management and Presentation

    This case-study-based presentation will demonstrate how focus on the delivery of client-orientated and high quality data has led to the adoption of a technology-based approach to data management & presentation

    • Exploring technology-enabled data collection in the field – the use of tablets rather than note books
    • Assessing mistakes and missed data opportunities - the importance of robust data management 
    • Long-term management of data and changing the pace of reporting
    Phil Necrews Phil Necrews
    Senior Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
  5. Exploring the Benefits of Digital Data Collection & Presentation in Optimising Site Investigation & Remediation

    • Examining the benefits that site-based data collection is intended to bring 
    • Exploring some of the new available technologies and their application to different stages of the site investigation and remediation process:
      • effective use of remote telemetry monitoring to improve field data collection
    • Exploiting data analysis techniques such as GIS, 3D modelling and statistics to add value to your desk study and give a better visualisation and understanding of the site
    • Proving the validity and accuracy of new techniques to the regulator – what will they accept and what evidence is required for LA and regulatory sign-off?
    Chris Piddington Chris Piddington
    Technical Director, Site Evaluation & Restoration, Arcadis
  6. Q&A

  7. Morning Refreshments & Networking


    Delivering Brownfield Land Development Within Revised Welsh Planning Policy Frameworks

  9. Update on Changes to Welsh Planning Policy and Implications for Brownfield & Contaminated Land Development

    • Outlining how changes to Welsh Planning Policy Frameworks will facilitate brownfield development:
      • Welsh Planning Policy Guidance v10 (published Dec 2018) 
      • draft National Planning Framework (July 2019)
      • highlighting key differences between Welsh and English Planning Policy Guidance
    • Outlining how the management of contaminated land feeds into the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act
      • how are the goals of the Act considered in any funding or proposals for the investigation/remediation of potential sites?
    • Exploring what is being done to bring vacant land forward and improve housing land availability in Wales:
      • Stalled Sites Fund
      • examining the possible introduction of a Vacant Land Tax?
    • Update on work being done to create a Planning Inspectorate for Wales and a separate Welsh Planning Code
    Mark Roberts Mark Roberts
    Director, Barton Willmore
  10. Extended Audience Discussion: Identifying the Barriers to the Redevelopment of Brownfield and Contaminated Land in Wales and Ways to Overcome These

    • Exploring how the process from site investigation to remediation to redevelopment could be simplified and accelerated
    • Discussing how local authorities, remediation consultants & contractors and other stakeholders can work together effectively to overcome the challenges associated with developing contaminated land 

    This session will take the form of an extended audience Q&A discussion. All conference participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their own thoughts and experiences relevant to the issues outlined


  11. Regional Remediation Project Case Study

    This session will feature a practical case study of a remediation and brownfield development project in Wales.

    Martin Holmes Martin Holmes
    UK Operations Director, Celtic EnGlobe
  12. Networking Lunch


    Contamination Risk Assessment

  14. Ground Gas and VOCs: Practicalities of Continuous Monitoring for Cost-Effectively Assessing the Risks from Ground Gases and Soil Vapours

    • Clarifying the requirements of current regulations for ground gas and vapour risk assessment on development sites and recent progress made both in the UK and internationally
    • Understanding where uncertainties and misconceptions occur in risk-assessing the most common contaminants and how these can be addressed:
      • techniques for preventing overly conservative or incorrect assessments
    • Clarifying the Regulator’s stance on new techniques for monitoring and risk-assessing ground gas
    • Case Study: Evaluating the cost-benefits of complete continuous monitoring in maximising data collection and adding value to your ground gas and VOC risk assessments
    Steve Wilson Steve Wilson
    Technical Director, The Environmental Protection Group Ltd (EPG)
  15. Optimising Subsurface Information To Better Understand Ground Conditions & Improve Decision-Making

    • Exploring the amount and type of subsurface information available and the extent to which it is not currently used
    • Introducing the Dig-To-Share initiative aiming to “unlock” data, make it widely available, and reduce the costs and risks of brownfield development
    • The Cardiff Geo-Energy Observatory - project background and future goals
    • New modelling and software tools to facilitate site characterisation and achieve a better understanding of contaminated sites 
    Steve Thorpe Steve Thorpe
    Geospatial Data Specialist, British Geological Survey
  16. Management of Disused Colliery Tips

    • Outlining the role of the Coal Authority
    • Tip management & historic legacy
    • Tip inspections & monitoring
    • Good environmental management
    • Other tips
    • Conclusions
    Darren Bryant Darren Bryant
    Principal Project Manager, The Coal Authority
  17. Afternoon Refreshments & Networking


    Best Practice Waste Management Strategies for Remediation & Construction Projects in Wales

  19. Practicalities of Implementing Effective Classification and Risk-Assessment of Waste Materials in line with Current Guidance

    • Detailing the practical use of waste classification guidance vs Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing – key differences and implications
    Tim Morris Tim Morris
    Senior Waste Advisor, Natural Resources Wales
  20. Case Study: Delivering Sustainable Remediation Solutions & Re-using Materials on Brownfield Sites

    • Outlining sustainability from a contractors viewpoint
    • Discussing the key processes that should be followed to make a project as sustainable as possible
    • Using Case Studies to highlight the benefits of sustainability to all Stakeholders
    Neil Hopkins Neil Hopkins
    Project Director, VertaseFLI
  21. Q&A

  22. Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference