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Brownfield Sites - Opportunities or Dangers?

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CONCLUSION Brownfield Sites - Opportunities or Dangers? In conclusion, brownfield sites and greenfield sites (See Introduction for definitions) can be successfully developed to benefit a number of people. Many jobs and residential areas can be created. Such developments also contain social homes (flats or renting), as these are an effective way of attracting a mixture of people of all ages and skills. Derelict buildings or waste land can be profitably developed. These areas can be relatively cheap to buy and renovate. Often, the Government or Council will fund the developers to build upon these areas, providing financial incentives. The Green Belt is an imaginary border around London that prevents the countryside being developed. Developing brownfield sites can, thus, prevent the Green Belt being developed. In turn, this avoids open space being built upon, without the loss of parks and forests - which are used for recreation by many. Developing brownfield and greenfield sites can also provide secondary, tertiary and quaternary activities and jobs for many people. These jobs are in good supply, as machinery, computers and technology have boomed; agriculture and farming is not carried out as much by hand- as it can be done more cheaply and efficiently by machines. ...read more.


In order to get around this problem, a thin layer of clay was placed on the top soil before building commenced. Treating contaminated land and making the area safe for development can take time and money, but the benefits from a well-developed site are tremendous. If the site is developed thoughtfully and safely, then it is a relatively cheap and efficient way of building sites that would usually either cost more, or take up valuable open space and parkland. Due to this, residents have been told not to build ponds or put up sheds. Friends of the Earth fear that this may pierce the thin layer of clay protecting them from the contaminated soil of nickel, cadmium, copper, arsenic, lead, zinc and phenol. The Council claim that this is due to the gardens being too small. To have prevented this problem, the developers should have cleared the site and made certain that all contaminates were absent. This would have prevented problems for both the developers and the residents of Enfield Island Village, as they would be allowed to construct ponds and put up sheds to their liking. Should the Northern Gateway Access Road be Built? ...read more.


In the long term, the N.G.A.R. would increase traffic flow and would divert traffic to other areas - leading to congestion elsewhere. This is a major problem and improvements in the short term would be unlikely; in fact, it is almost certain to get worse as car ownership is becoming far more popular. The road would provide better car parking and far easier access to areas - not just the Science Park. The road would also encourage car use, but this is inevitably on the increase. The N.G.A.R. is supported by the bus link and finding funds for the construction would not be difficult, as the road would benefit many people. I think the Northern Gateway Access Road should be built, as it would be a vital link to the Science Park and the Business Industrial estates, which would create thousands of jobs - both skilled and manual. It would ease traffic flow and congestion, not only in Enfield but also in Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross. It will relieve the A10, A110 and the A1010 - all busy roads. The water and air quality would be little, if at all, affected - it may even decrease water contamination. The habitat for birds and plants would be affected, but they could be saved if necessary precautions were taken and they were moved to other areas. ...read more.

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