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English Partnerships

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the progress of English Partnerships' pilot hardcore brownfield programme. (91530)

English Partnerships has developed a pilot programme of feasibility studies on brownfield sites in 14 areas to help inform development of proposals for a national strategy to increase the reuse of brownfield land.

The main objective of the pilot projects is to identify the brownfield sites of greatest concern at local level, to assess the hurdles that prevent the reuse of brownfield land and test different solutions to redevelopment, through local brownfield partnerships. The partnerships have already identified potential sites, tested the feasibility of the project proposals, whether housing, commercial or open space, and assessed current delivery mechanisms to bring projects forward. A total of eight projects are now being taken forward by English Partnerships with local authority, community and other partners. The next stage of the work will involve determining how each site could best be brought forward for development that meets local need.

In the six remaining pilot sites English Partnerships will not take a direct delivery role. Delivery mechanisms have however been identified to facilitate the regeneration of these sites and English Partnerships remains in an advisory role to assist with redevelopment of the sites for the benefit of local communities.