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Brownfield

1. Unused land previously utilized for industrial or other commercial purposes, especially land that is polluted or otherwise contaminated. Municipalities and private businesses sometimes attempt to clean up brownfields and/or find new uses for them.

2. More generally, land no longer in use. The term in this sense is most common the United Kingdom and Australia.
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He said: "It is ridiculous to suggest that we shouldn't build these houses until every shred of brown field land is used.
Banks Developments want to build 470 homes and community facilities on brown field land at Cambois, near Bedlington.
Adding to this, more than pounds 400m - 70% from the private sector - has been ploughed into the regeneration of more deprived areas, bringing more than 70 hectares of brown field land back into use.
The new planning policies, based on guidance by John Prescott's department and the North West Regional Assembly, has the laudable aims of prioritising the use of brown field land rather than green field and regenerating huge swathes of the city where the housing market is deemed to have failed.
Peel, which also owns the Manchester Ship Canal and the Trafford shopping centre, is redeveloping brown field land bordering the ship canal overlooking the River Mersey on Mersey Road.
Since then furious residents have urged planners to reconsider, saying empty homes should be filled and brown field land developed before plans to build on Coventry's green belt are even considered.
Research compiled for the West Midlands Regional Assembly warns that Birmingham City Council should concentrate on reinstating floodplains rather than build on brown field land.
We have been trying to find brown field land for this scheme for a long time but it is very difficult in Castle Morpeth because most of it is already owned by major house builders.
I am in favour of using brown field land rather than greenfield.
There are bags of unused brown field land around Coventry, without building on the green belt.
So Birmingham's housing department is working on a scheme to turn more than100 acres of council-owned brown field land into the next wave of affordable local authority housing.