What is a Brownfield Site? A Self Builder's Guide

What is a brownfield site?
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Brownfield sites refer to land once used for industry that now lies redundant, and they are becoming more popular for self build projects.

Brownfield sites are usually located in urban plots, making them ideal for housing, and planners tend to look very favourably on brownfield redevelopment proposals.

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.