Share sites to make more brownfield land available:

The director of one of the country’s most respected land brokers is calling on planners, architects and builders to increase the amount of site sharing on new construction land across the UK.

Charles Hesse from Aston Mead Land & Planning says the idea of putting similar companies and organisations together on the same site would increase the amount of brownfield land available in town and village centres.

He explains: “Brownfield sites are the holy grail of new-build construction. Their accessible and central locations make them highly desirable, but they are often in short supply because established businesses or organisations are already using them. What we’re proposing is putting several similar organisations under one roof to share resources, increase efficiency, and open-up their old sites for essential residential building in the heart of towns and villages.”

Charles Hesse suggests that there are some organisations which naturally lend themselves to such an idea.

He said; “Take the emergency services, for example. Towns often have a separate fire station, police station and ambulance station. Not only would these groups work more effectively if they were on the same site, but there would be operational cost savings too, as well as easier departure points on the outskirts of town for fire engines, police vehicles and ambulances.

“Similarly, why shouldn’t a doctor’s surgery be positioned on the ground floor of a building, with retirement flats above it? The residents could use a lift to get to and from their apartments, and a care home could be built alongside. That way, the surgery would be based in the heart of the community amongst those who would use it most often.

“The same is true of schools. Even if it means building several storeys, infant and junior schools could work from the same building (with the infants on the ground floor), sharing their use of playgrounds and playing fields outside.

“But most importantly, after the previously separate groups have been brought together, their old, redundant sites could then be used for more housing. These areas would be perfectly placed for the new residents to be within walking distance of the local facilities, as well as often being more attractive than the buildings which were there previously.

“Such an approach takes creative, lateral thinking. But we don’t always have to work with the buildings we already have. We can build our way to a better environment – freeing up Brownfield sites for much-needed housing – to create something that works for businesses, organisations and residents alike.”

Breaking news by: Eric Dixon eric@propertypublicity.co.uk

EAN Content

Content shared by this account is either news shared free by third parties or sponsored (paid for) content from third parties. Please be advised that links to third party websites are not endorsed by Estate Agent Networking - Please do your own research before committing to any third party business promoted on our website.

You May Also Enjoy

Breaking News

Breaking Property News – 24/04/24

Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   Smart Spaces delivers the world’s first implementation of HID’s mobile credentials in Google Wallet at Workspace Mobile access control integration makes entry to The Light Bulb building effortless for customers London, April 23, 2024 – Smart Spaces announces today that it has partnered with trusted identity provider,…
Read More
Love or Hate Rightmove
Breaking News

An average rate of 6% for the first time since November – Rightmove’s weekly mortgage tracker

Headlines The average 5-year fixed mortgage rate is now 4.89%, up from 4.45% a year ago The average 2-year fixed mortgage rate is now 5.29%, up from 4.75% a year ago The average 85% LTV 5-year fixed mortgage rate is now 4.82%, up from 4.42% a year ago The average 60% LTV 5-year fixed mortgage rate is now 4.36%, up from 4.15% a year ago The average monthly mortgage payment on…
Read More
Property for sale
Estate Agent Talk

Understanding Property Valuation: A Simple Guide

Ever asked your self, “How a amazing deal is my house simply simply well worth?” Whether you’re thinking of promoting, thinking of searching for, or just simple curious, identifying a property’s rate can experience like navigating a maze without a map. Yet, do not agonize. This sincere guide will stroll you via the necessities of…
Read More
Love or Hate Rightmove
Breaking News

Aberdeen is cheapest city to be a first-time buyer

New analysis reveals that Aberdeen is the cheapest city to be a first-time buyer with an average asking price of £102,602: The average monthly mortgage payment for a first-time buyer in Aberdeen is £406 per month, assuming the buyer has a 20% deposit, and a mortgage term of 35 years Data from UK Finance shows…
Read More
Breaking News

Breaking Property News – 23/04/24

Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   Agents urged to review AML policies following recent HMRC fines Recent substantial fines issued by HMRC are a harsh reminder to agents to ensure that their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies are up to date, and they have control testing in place. This is according…
Read More
Breaking News

Spring activity boost pushes asking prices close to new record

The average asking price of property coming to the market rises by 1.1% (+£4,207) this month to £372,324, just £570 short of the record in May 2023, while the annual rate of price growth is now +1.7%, the highest level for 12 months: A key factor behind this growth towards a near-record average price is…
Read More