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Brownfield Land Scotland 2020

05 February 2020 | Edinburgh

The Conference

One day of insightful presentations and case studies
05 February 2020

This highly popular annual event will update you on the current planning and regulatory backdrop for brownfield land development in Scotland, as well as providing practical solutions to many of the current challenges faced when risk assessing and remediating contaminated and derelict land. 
 

The conference will bring together contaminated land officers and environmental health officers in local councils, regulatory agencies, brownfield consultants and contractors for one information-packed day, with a topical programme, Q&A sessions and exclusive debate and networking opportunities. 

 

Why attend?

Be informed and inspired

You will get practical advice from a range of specialist presentations, including insight into new strategies, innovations and techniques to tackle your most pressing challenges faced when risk assessing and remediating contaminated and derelict land in Scotland.

Share and engage

Find out what your competitors and peers are doing, not doing, contemplating and committing to. Meet and mingle with over 100 professionals in your sector. Whether you want to have a 1-on-1 with a speaker, raise your profile, attract new clients or simply catch up with peers, Brownfield Land Scotland 2020 provides invaluable networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.

Hear current thinking

Written by you, for you; this programme has been written based on research with local authorities and consultants across Scotland to ensure it focuses specifically on those issues most pertinent to you now.

Panel discussion

Hear first hand from a range of expert speakers. Put your questions forward to the panel.

Time efficiency and focus 

Remove yourself from day to day distractions and benefit from a series of focused presentations, designed to tackle key issues and impart practical advice and guidance.

Who should attend?

  • Contaminated Land Officers

  • Contaminated Land Specialists

  • Managing Directors

  • Operations Directors

  • Regional Directors

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Environmental Officers

  • Environmental Consultants

  • Environmental Health Officers

  • Principal Consultants

  • Policy and Communications Officers

  • Geologists

  • Environmental Scientists

 

Programme

Wednesday, 05 February

09:00

Registration & Refreshments

09:30

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Contaminated Land & Groundwater Risk Assessment

09:40

Developing a Pragmatic and Appropriate Groundwater Risk Assessment Strategy that Meets Regulatory Requirements and Avoids Unnecessary Remediation

  • Identifying specific information requirements from the outset to make risk assessment an integral part of the remediation process 

  • Moving from a risk-based to a cost-benefit approach to groundwater risk assessment and managing this in-line with regulatory requirements 

  • Exploring advances in data collection and modelling techniques to get more meaningful results from your SI and DQRA data and improve decision-making

  • Practically applying current guidance to develop robust, justified groundwater risk assessment and remediation targets

10:05

Examining the Current Status & Management of Groundwater Quality and Resource Protection in Scotland

Q&A

10:30

Morning Refreshments and Networking

10:40

11:10

Demonstrating the Importance of Verification & Validation in a Brownfield Redevelopment Project: A Regulator’s Perspective

  • Detailing the aspects of a remediation and redevelopment project that need verification

  • The role of the Local Authority in verifying and “signing-off” a strategy - the importance of timing

  • Outlining common problems encountered and solutions to overcome these

  • Exploring how local authorities, consultants, developers and other stakeholders can work together to facilitate the SI-remediation-verification process

Optimising the Viability and Deliverability of Brownfield Land in Development 

11:40

Examining the Latest Revisions to the Scottish Planning Framework and the Implications for Brownfield & Contaminated Land Development 

  • Update on the current status of the new Scottish Planning Bill and the next steps in implementing planning reform:

  • identifying key challenges and possible solutions to overcome them 

  • Examining the future direction in developing a revised National Planning Framework and ‘NPF4’

  • Clarifying the role of brownfield in Local Development (LDP) and Local Place Plans (LPP)

  • what safeguards will be put in place to effectively deal with contaminated land?

  • how can enforcement of planning conditions be better monitored and verified?

  • what further steps are needed to “unlock” and facilitate development of viable land?

12:05

Update on the Progress of the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce in Improving the Viability of Developable Land in Scotland

12:25

Audience Discussion: Working Together to Bring Brownfield Land Back into Use

The presentations will be followed by an audience and panel discussion exploring the challenges faced by environmental health & contaminated land officers in their role in the planning & remediation process. Delegates are encouraged to ask questions and share their own views on how these could be better managed.

Networking Lunch

12:45

13:30

Examining the Risk of Carbon Dioxide Arising from Disused Mineral Mines and the Implications: Recent Findings

  • Update on the current status of the new Scottish Planning Bill and the next steps in implementing planning reform:

  • identifying key challenges and possible solutions to overcome them 

  • Examining the future direction in developing a revised National Planning Framework and ‘NPF4’

  • Clarifying the role of brownfield in Local Development (LDP) and Local Place Plans (LPP)

  • what safeguards will be put in place to effectively deal with contaminated land?

  • how can enforcement of planning conditions be better monitored and verified?

  • what further steps are needed to “unlock” and facilitate development of viable land?

14:00

Interactive Break-Out Session

These focused, interactive sessions give you the opportunity to discuss a key topic of interest to you in a more participative format. Each session will be led by a facilitator who will lead the discussion and encourage maximum debate and sharing of ideas. Choose one topic.
 

A. Developing Effective Risk Communication Strategies & Improving Community & Stakeholder Engagement 

 

B. Selecting the Most Appropriate Laboratory Analysis for Different Contaminants to Achieve Optimum Cost-Efficiency

 

C. Waste Management: Developing Effective MMPs to Achieve Efficient & Compliant Re-Use of Material on Site

 

D. Improving the Quality of Contaminated Land Reports to Increase Confidence in Risk Assessment & Remediation Proposals

 

E. GWSDAT: A Tool for Analysing Groundwater Quality Data and Contamination Plumes to Achieve Optimum Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation 

 

F. Ground Gas: New Approaches to Ground Gas Risk Assessment & Appropriate Monitoring & Verification

 

G. “What does the Next Generation Brownfield Professional Look Like?”  Determining the right balance of skills required to work effectively in a changing industry sector 

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

15:00

Case Study: Overcoming the Challenges of Delivering a Large Complex Remediation & Redevelopment Project

15:25

15:55

UKGEOS Project: Measuring and Monitoring the Earth’s Subsurface in Glasgow

Presenting the first phase of work developing a Geothermal Energy Research Field Site in Glasgow. A network of 12 boreholes are being drilled to understand how water moves around the abandoned mine workings over time and, through baseline and on-going monitoring, observe changes in the chemistry, physical and microbiological properties of the environment just below the surface. 
This data will help us to better understand UK geothermal resources and their potential exploitation, as well as facilitate on-going research and innovation.

Closing Remarks from the Chair

16:25

Close of Conference followed by a Networking Drinks Reception

16:30

"A good opportunity to network and socialise with the contacts in the industry"

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Venue

This year's conference takes place at the  Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel.

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