Practical Solutions for Accelerating Brownfield
Planning & Regeneration

11-12 November



Wednesday 11 November


10.00  Welcome from Environment Analyst



10.05 Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair

Jane Healey Brown, Director, Arup & Planning & Housing Commissioner, Greater Manchester Combined Authority



10.10 Outlining Current Progress in New Planning Reforms and the Implications for Brownfield Development 

  • Update on the timescales for implementation of the Business & Planning Bill and a planned National Brownfield Map: 

    • assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on National and Local Planning & Development

  • Detailing the key reforms to the planning system and their implications for brownfield development

  • Outlining what can be done to prioritise brownfield land and optimise the social and environmental benefits of bringing value back to formerly used sites   

  • Managing the balance between meeting housing targets and sustainable place-making

Richard Blyth, Head of Policy Practice and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

10.30  Digital Planning: Changing Planning and Development Custom and Practice

As one of the influencers of the digital elements of the Planning White Paper, Stefan will outline how a more digital planning system might change how developers, local authorities and government agencies appraise, plan and approve land and development. Stefan will provide an overview of the drivers behind the moves towards a more data-informed system, some early examples of how this change is occurring and how it is likely to change how the industry works.

Stefan Webb, Place Director, FutureGov



10.50 Case study: A Partnership Approach to Prioritising & “Unlocking” Brownfield Land & Generating Value on Difficult Sites  

  • Who is EDAROTH 

  • Unlocking brownfield land for social and truly affordable housing 

  • How to deliver triple bottom line value

  • Hillside Gardens, Lambeth 

  • Making the case for local authority owned social housing

Mark Powell, Managing Director, EDAROTH

11.10 Panel Q&A



11.30 Session Close

Wednesday 11 November



13.30 Welcome back

13.40 Evolving Governance and Delivery Models for Resilient Brownfield Redevelopments

  • Delivering robust confidence in development outcomes

  • Exploring the use of financial rewards and liability risk sharing models in practice

  • Designing developments for resilience and multiple uses

  • Governance models for systemic resilience to physical and economic land use shocks

  • Agility in the face of changing legislation


Steve Scott, Executive Advisor, Infrastructure Investment & Economics, UK, Europe & Middle East, GHD Advisory

14.00 Innovative Funding Mechanisms to Minimise Remediation & Development Risks & Facilitate Urban Regeneration   

  • Detailing different funding mechanisms and grants available to develop contaminated or derelict land and how to access them

  • Outlining the application of available tax reliefs to subsidise the cost of resolving complex challenges on brownfield sites: eligibility criteria and interaction with grant funding 

  • Examining how proposed funding measures outlined within the recent Planning Reform will facilitate brownfield development:

    • developers’ contributions

    • the new Infrastructure Levy

  • Exploring post COVID-19 mechanisms for economic regeneration


Angela Banerjee, Senior Consultant - Tax Advisory, Leyton UK



14.20 The Role of Environmental Liability Insurance in Brownfield Land Development and Regeneration Projects 

  • Examining who is purchasing Environmental Liability insurance and why

  • Detailing a summary of Cover provided

  • Outlining the benefits it brings to key stakeholders

  • What are the pitfalls and concerns for non-insured projects?

  • Case examples


Mathew Hussey, Environmental Director, Construction, Gallagher

Graeme Merry, Environmental Director, Gallagher

14.40 Panel Q&A Discussion

15.00 Close

Thursday 12 November



10.00 Welcome Back & Opening Remarks



10.10 Case Study: Using the Gateshead Brownfield Ground Risk Calculator for Evaluating Sub-Surface Risks on Small to Medium Sites

  • Explaining how knowledge exchange leads to successful co-designed digital geoscience

  • Discussing how publicly available environmental data can improve our understanding of contamination and geotechnical hazards

  • A live demonstration of ground risk for a portfolio of small to medium sites on the Gateshead Brownfield Register

  • Exploring the potential benefits of spatial decision support tools in planning and developing brownfield land

Dr Darren Beriro, Geoenvironmental Scientist, British Geological Survey


10.30 Successfully Demonstrating Social Value in Development Projects

  • Identifying key criteria that can be used to demonstrate the added value and positive impact a project can bring to the community

  • Examining techniques to quantify and demonstrate how regeneration can deliver societal benefits 

  • Effectively integrating social and economic wellbeing from the project out-set and ensuring targets and progress are tracked and reported


Anna McChesney-Gordon, Head of Consultancy, Social Value Portal

10.50 Q&A

11.00 Abandoned Coal Mines as an Opportunity to Deliver Sustainability and Economic Benefits for Land Development  

  • The flooding of disused mine-workings beneath the ground of 25% of the UK’s population provides significant development opportunities

  • Mine workings have the potential to make a major contribution to the UK’s resilience challenges around climate change, flooding, water supply and land remediation

  • Abandoned mines offer an exciting solution to developers in a future where there will be no gas heating permitted on new builds from 2025, providing access to an energy source that competes with gas on price but at a fraction of the carbon footprint

Find out more about geothermal energy, use of water for cooling and storage of waste and renewable energy inter-seasonally. Supporting the UK Government’s sustainability objectives and providing economic, social and environmental benefits to developers.


Jeremy Crooks, Head of Innovation, the Coal Authority



11.20 Greening and Biodiversity Net Gain for Marginal Vacant and Derelict Land: Exploring How Brownfield Land Can Help to Deliver Net Zero ​


  • Examining the biodiversity value of brownfield land (how sometimes it may look a bit scruffy but it can be developing valuable and biodiverse communities)

  • Exploring the biodiversity implications of remediation and restoration (spoilers – sometimes you are making it worse in biodiversity terms, at least in the short term)

  • How to avoid ‘making it worse’ in the era of biodiversity net gain

  • Case study - retrospective Biodiversity Net Gain calculations on a remediated site in Yorkshire (former tar pits) 


Stephanie Wray, Managing Director, RSK Biocensus

11.40 Q&A

9.15 Networking Session using our Virtual Face-to-Face Networking Platform

Exclusive to attendees, Environment Analyst Corporate and Strategic members and Network Pass holders.

12.00 Networking Session using our Virtual Face-to-Face Networking Platform

Exclusive to attendees, Environment Analyst Corporate and Strategic members and Network Pass holders.

Member & Network Pass Panel Discussion

Thursday 5 November, 14:00-15:30 GMT

Improving Stakeholder Communication & Collaboration in the Risk Assessment-Remediation-Development Process

  • Identifying the key areas of delay and concern for each party involved in the remediation and development process

  • Exploring the role of NQMS, SQPs and industry initiatives in improving the quality of, and increasing confidence in, information and reports 

  • How can improvements be achieved within current resource and funding constraints?

  • Strategies for improving early engagement, better communication and effective collaboration between local authorities, developers, remediation consultants & contractors, and other stakeholders to speed up the delivery of brownfield sites


John McAuliffe, Group Managing Director, McAuliffe Group

Seamus Lefroy-Brooks, Principal, LBHGEO & Chair, National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS)
Lucie Watson, Senior Contaminated Land Officer, City of York Council

This event is available for attendees, Environment Analyst Corporate and Strategic members and Network Pass holders.