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Derelict Land

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the London Brownfield Sites Database; and whether he plans to extend the database across England. (304822)

The London Brownfield Sites database was launched on 8 October 2009 by the London Development Agency and the Homes and Communities Agency. The database is a freely available online tool. It is being used by all 33 London local planning authorities and other stakeholder groups including the Environment Agency, Natural England and English Heritage. Visitors to the database website are able to identify sites suitable for development, and explore and understand a site's context due to the themed data made available. Data include transport routes, deprivation, social infrastructure, as well as heritage and natural environment assets. The Homes and Communities Agency is considering options for the development of similar systems in other English regions. As part of this process HCA will monitor the effectiveness of the London Brownfield sites database over the coming months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on establishing the National Brownfield Forum; and whether the forum will include non-governmental environmental organisations. (304826)

The first meeting of the National Brownfield Forum was held in February 2009. It has since met twice further. Membership of the forum is made up of both governmental and non-governmental organisations, including Environmental Protection UK, the Environmental Industries Commission and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.