Definition of greenfield in English:



  • Denoting or relating to previously undeveloped sites for commercial development or exploitation.

    ‘the company invested in greenfield sites’
    • ‘Villagers are facing defeat in their fight to block plans for a huge housing development on a greenfield site at Brompton-on-Swale, near Richmond.’
    • ‘The council should put more of its energy into tackling the important issues of house crime and conservation of greenfield sites, rather than making life more difficult for parents.’
    • ‘Using council figures, York's Environment Forum has demonstrated that York's housing need can be met without developing greenfield sites.’
    • ‘The company is also set to begin construction on a greenfield development in Kilkenny.’
    • ‘A government source pointed out that, as it is a greenfield site ‘the developers have an almost blank canvas on which to design’.’
    • ‘He said revised planning policy guidance strengthened Government policy in favour of building on previously developed sites before greenfield sites.’
    • ‘Residents are unhappy about the scale of the proposed development and its location on a greenfield site.’
    • ‘Councillors rejected the plan because they said other brownfield sites should be considered before using this large greenfield location.’
    • ‘The area we ended up in, if it was in Britain, would be called a greenfield development site.’
    • ‘It is thought it may recommend tax credits for developers who build on brownfield sites, and possibly development taxes on developers who hold idle greenfield sites.’
    • ‘The company plans to build a technical support and customer service centre on a greenfield site in Galway.’
    • ‘‘Abbotstown is a greenfield site and would be much easier to develop,’ said a private sector source.’
    • ‘He also announced changes in the planning rules to discourage housing development on greenfield sites in areas of low demand.’
    • ‘The main areas for development are on greenfield sites near Stansted Airport and in parts of south Essex.’
    • ‘Riskier again are development funds, which purchase greenfield sites in the hope that these will prove suitable for commercial property development.’
    • ‘Current legislation forbids development of greenfield sites for housing but permits it for schools.’
    • ‘Developers are proposing mini housing estates in leafy suburbia as current policies deter them from greenfield sites.’
    • ‘Cala Homes yesterday submitted an application for the huge greenfield development at Barton Farm.’
    • ‘He warned that if these issues are not addressed, the shortfall in housing may need to be met by the development of other areas, and that could mean greenfield sites.’
    • ‘New planning requirements have blocked or delayed the release of greenfield land.’