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.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.