Brownfield land recovery

MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your response to CPRE London (Campaign to Protect Rural England) who say that the national target for regional development agencies to recover brownfield land (17%) is equivalent to 85 hectares a year, and not the 40 hectares set by the LDA in its recently agreed Corporate Plan 2003-2006?



Answer for Brownfield land recovery

Answer for Brownfield land recovery

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have not seen the CPRE's statement on the national targets that you refer to. I think I should clarify the facts you have commented on. The ODPM's targets published in the PSA White Paper of July 2000 stipulate that brownfield land would be reclaimed at a rate of over 1,100 hectares per annum by 2004 (reclaiming 5% of current brownfield land by 2004 and 17% by 2010). RDAs and partners set minimum targets for the achievement of this target. The LDA was set and agreed to a minimum target of 30 hectares but set a target of 40 hectares in its Corporate Plan. In 2002-03, the LDA achieved a total of 80 hectares. My support for London's bid for the Olympics 2012 provides an opportunity of accelerating the LDA's programme of brownfield land remediation. The target forecast has therefore increased for 2004-05 to 50 hectares rising to an estimated 116 hectares in 2006-07. .