Definition of brownfield in English:



  • Denoting or relating to urban sites for potential building development that have had previous development on them.

    ‘a contaminated brownfield site in the inner city’
    Compare with greenfield
    • ‘There is too much building on our brownfield sites, especially in Lower Morden.’
    • ‘On the contrary, we strongly support residential development on brownfield sites like Whitley Street, helping to protect open countryside and revitalise our towns.’
    • ‘According to new figures, only 48 per cent of new housing developments were built on brownfield sites between 1998 and 2001.’
    • ‘Coun Cuthbertson wrote that his party is committed to maximising the development of brownfield sites in York.’
    • ‘However, given the lengthy plan period ahead, in my opinion, it is too early to rule out the small shortfall being met by development on brownfield land within the urban area.’
    • ‘He was there to see the 86-acre brownfield development site - York Central - in his role as Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.’
    • ‘‘The government encourages more building on brownfield sites but it's getting to the point where we're building on the majority of them,’ she adds.’
    • ‘He switched direction in the mid-80s, spotting the potential of brownfield sites for development.’
    • ‘A house building firm which specialises in the development of brownfield sites is expecting to create more than 40 new jobs on the back of a 50 per cent growth in turnover.’
    • ‘The Government's preference for the use of urban and brownfield land for housing development must not be at the expense of other employment and economic objectives of the Plan.’
    • ‘We would prefer to see in-fill development on brownfield sites rather than building on our precious green belt.’
    • ‘Government guidance encourages the development of previously used or brownfield land and infill urban sites such as back gardens and parking lots before development on open or greenfield land.’
    • ‘And instead of greenfield sites, which are supposed to be officially protected, being targeted to add to existing urban sprawl, new development should focus on brownfield sites in order to spur the renewal process.’
    • ‘A house building firm was praised for its development of brownfield sites at the official opening of its new offices.’
    • ‘We have enough development on brownfield sites to meet our housing targets.’
    • ‘Removal of acres of greenfield sites in areas like Huntington and Haxby, set aside for development by Labour, and the allocation of more brownfield sites for development.’
    • ‘The city council is currently undergoing a review of parts of the UDP following new government guidelines surrounding previously developed, brownfield sites.’
    • ‘Three-quarters of these would be built on brownfield sites - previously developed land or conversions of mills.’
    • ‘He said: ‘House prices might well remain much the same, but we could see the development of brownfield sites.’’
    • ‘He agreed a restriction under the draft local plan, which allows only limited housing development on brownfield sites outside the framework boundary, is expected to be deleted from the plan in October.’