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LDA and Homes and Communities Agency launch London brownfield database

The London Development Agency (LDA) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has compiled a comprehensive mapped database of London’s brownfield online

Brownfield land, also known as previously developed land, is land that is or was previously occupied by a permanent structure and associated fixed surface infrastructure.

The London Brownfields Sites Review (LBSR) online tool will transform redevelopment opportunities in the city. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and existing Ordnance Survey maps, the tool allows developers to overlay additional information over maps of the city.

GIS technology allows additional information on a location to be linked to a map.

The LBSR GIS layers include up-to-the minute transport routes, deprivation, social infrastructure, as well as heritage and natural environment assets.

Senior information and research officer at the London Borough of Lambeth, Edd Rowe, said: “The London Brownfield Sites Database will be an invaluable tool for Local Authorities, developers and the public allowing them to keep track of available brownfield sites and what development constraints exist on them.”

He continued: “Better monitoring of the brownfield sites available in London will greatly help efforts to maximise gains from regeneration throughout the city and the simple but effective map interface should become a standard for all public sector online mapping systems.”

Regional stakeholders including the Environment Agency and English Heritage have also contributed to the system.

The Database records around 2,300 previously developed brownfield sites across London, equivalent to more than 2% of the land in Greater London, an increase of over 1,000 sites than was recorded on the previous National Land Use Database (NLUD) system.

The LBSR website is also accompanied by a downloadable Good Practice Guide supplement focusing on planning-related issues for developers.

HCA regional director for London, David Lunts, said: “This new London Database demonstrates the value of an information tool which harnesses the latest technology in an intuitive and visual way. The Good Practice Guide is an ideal complement to the Database and an essential ‘how to’ for brownfield redevelopment in London.”

Access to the interactive brownfield land map can be found at www.londonbrownfieldsites.org

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