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New Reclamation best practice Centre for Midlands

The Centre of Excellence in Land Reclamation has announced a range of seminars for organisations dealing with land reclamation.

The seminars will be held from the 19th February, intended to encourage collaboration between public and private sector organisations concerned with regeneration in the West Midlands.

Chief Executive of RegenWM, Adrian Passmore, said today: "Birmingham has higher land values than most of the West Midlands and so development there is easier, but land values aren't quite so strong in other parts of the region."

Referring to the West Midlands regional spatial strategy, which sets out the target of building 365,600 new homes over the next 20 years, he said: "We're going to have to work out the best ways of cleaning out existing areas. It's important for the long-term strategy and we don't want these new homes all on Greenfield land."

"Remediating land is a fairly simple process if you've got lots of money to play with. Remediating land cost effectively so that it can fit into the ongoing development process isn't. It's all about the economic viability. What the region needed was not just good policy ideas, but also practical learning and training facilities," he added.

The Centre of Excellence in Land Reclamation was formed after a regional assembly group decided a dedicated body was needed to promote a better understanding of land reclamation issues in the West Midlands.

It is hoped that the centre can be used as a forum for encouraging practitioners in the field of land reclamation in the West Midlands to collaborate on skills, training, and best practice, to ensure that remediation costs are minimised in areas where margins are tighter.

The first of four skills workshops will be held on the 19th February, which will be followed by a regional ICE conference on the 13th May 2008. Details can be found at www.regenwm.org.

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