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28.05.08
Region's regeneration experts to find solutions for 'brownfield' development

The development of previous industrial or 'brownfield' sites that could hold the key to the region's economic growth and housing solutions are to be discussed by leading built environment experts on 11th June.

The Contamination Cooperation Regeneration (CCR) conference held at University College Falmouth, Tremough campus, will look to find ways of speeding up the process of developing brownfield land in order to tackle issues surrounding jobs and housing.

With the UK's regeneration expert Jon Sawyer as keynote speaker the conference, which is sponsored by Coodes and Wardell Armstrong, brings together specialists from both the public and private sectors including SWRDA, One Cornwall, Royal Bank of Scotland, CPR as well as architects, planners and transport professionals.

The CCR conference is expected to attract delegates from all over the Southwest, interested and connected with the built environment and economic regeneration.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is attending the CCR conference and said: "The issue of economic regeneration is extremely important for the future of the region and opportunities that arise through the development of old industrial or brownfield land must be coordinated in order to unlock their full potential.

"The region must remain both economically competitive and I welcome this timely opportunity to establish some real and workable solutions."

Truro based co-sponsor Wardell Armstrong is an environmental and engineering consultancy with years of experience in decontaminating industrial land for re-use and regeneration.

Nick Coppin, managing director of Wardell Armstrong International said: "We are hoping that the CCR conference will allow delegates to form vital alliances and partnerships as well as a greater insight into the issues surrounding brownfield development and contribute to a common strategy."

The CCR conference will bring together the many different parties involved in the redevelopment of brownfield sites and how the issues will affect everyone in the region.

Ian Taylor, managing partner at Coodes Solicitors, who is also co-sponsor said: "The legal and financial aspects of brownfield regeneration are vital elements in the process and have to be considered carefully to maximise the best use of the site with the best end-result.

"Delegates will be able to see, hear and talk to all the experts that make up the process as well as contribute to establishing a practical framework to ensure more efficient and productive use of land and resources."

It is hoped that the CCR conference can go onto establish a loose forum of the region's professionals and interested parties to create up to date guide lines for ongoing regeneration projects involving brownfield site development.

For further information please contact Rupert Warwick, Skyfield Communication, on 01208 871175.

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Clare Morgan
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The Partnership Office
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Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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