A seminar to assist developers to build on brownfield land is being hosted by Clackmannanshire Council this week.
Gean House in Alloa is the venue for the seminar on January 31 that covers all of the key issues for the development of potentially contaminated land. It will also highlight the critical areas where consultation with regulatory bodies such as the council and SEPA is needed.
Michael McNaughton, Contaminated Land Officer with the Council said: "What we are aiming to do is to encourage development within Clackmannanshire especially on brownfield land. At the same time we want to make sure the developers, their agents and architects know how to do this properly and within the law.
"We are using the seminar to launch guidance document which will arm the developers with the necessary knowledge to do this."
Guest speakers include:
Doctor David Coutts, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Andy Millar, Mason Evans Partnership Environmental Consultants
Vicky Aitkenhead, Environ UK, Environmental Consultants
Carrie Stein, SEPA
Delegates attending including local and national housebuilders, architects, construction companies, housing associations and neighbouring councils.
Councilor Eddie Carrick, Depute Leader said: "The seminar is aimed at anyone developing land which may be contaminated from historical industrial or agricultural use.
"It's important we take this proactive role in educating firms about what their role is in cleaning up sites. It also shows developers that we want to encourage new building in the area provided it is done properly. Clackmannanshire is changing for the better and housebuilders are playing their part in bringing about these changes. The seminar makes sure everyone is bang up to date with the latest legislation and it also gives us an opportunity to gauge interest in the area from developers. I'm sure the seminar will be very informative."
For more information contact Mags Cochrane, Communications Unit, tel. 01259 452023.