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.
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.
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
Environmental Health Officers
Policy and Communications Officers
Wednesday, 05 February
Registration & Refreshments
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
Scotland’s Aquifers and Groundwater Quality
Morning Refreshments and Networking
Demonstrating the Importance of Verification in a Brownfield Redevelopment Project: A Regulator’s Perspective
The role of the Local Authority in “signing-off” a strategy - the importance of timing
Detailing the aspects of a remediation and redevelopment project that need verification
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
Examining the Latest Revisions to the Scottish Planning Framework and the Implications for Brownfield & Contaminated Land Development
Examining the current status of the new Scottish Planning Act and likely next steps in implementing planning reform: key challenges and possible solutions to overcome them
Exploring likely future direction in the development of a revised National Planning Framework (NPF4)
Assessing the role of brownfield in Local Development (LDP) and Local Place Plans (LPP) and what further steps are needed to “unlock” and facilitate development of viable land
Transforming Scotland’s Vacant and Derelict Land - Update from the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce
There are nearly 11,000 hectares of vacant and derelict land in Scotland. Much of it in some of our most deprived communities, resulting in real impacts on people’s quality of life. A register of disused property was set up 30 years ago and many great projects have re-used land productively, but the total area has barely changed.
Transforming vacant and derelict sites opens up opportunities to promote inclusive growth and greater wellbeing, while tackling climate change. Set up in 2018 by the Scottish Land Commission and SEPA, the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce is challenging all sectors in Scotland to help bring land back into productive use and prevent future sites from being abandoned. The taskforce is providing the national co-ordination to create the focus and changes needed. Underpinning the work of the taskforce is a programme of research and analysis to help better understand the nature of the challenge, identify potential changes to policy and practice, share experience of successful projects. Alison will give a brief summary of some of this research completed to date. #notsoprettyvacant
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.
Welcome Back from the Afternoon Chair:
Examining the Risk of Carbon Dioxide Arising from Disused Mineral Mines and the Implications: Recent Findings
RSK was appointed by the Scottish Government to carry out a research project into the prevalence of CO2 from disused mineral mines and the resulting risk to residential buildings, which was published recently. This talk will cover:
Introduction and context to the project
The Gorebridge incident and other identified incidents of mine related CO2 emissions
The nature of abandoned mine-workings and circumstances where risks related to CO2 emissions are raised
The role of groundwater rise, climate change and low barometric pressure
Pros and cons of mandatory mitigation measures versus a robust risk based approach to planning and development
Report recommendations including proposed changes to Scottish Planning and Building Standards and guidance and further research requirements
Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
Each break-out session facilitator will briefly share the key learning points from their discussion with the audience.
Regional Case Studies
Case Study: Overcoming the Challenges of Delivering a Large Complex Remediation & Redevelopment Project
Examining the site history and the need for remediation / redevelopment
Overview of the remediation design stages and how the various multi-disciplinary challenges were overcome
Overcoming the challenges of a multi-objective ground investigation in a publicly accessible tidal environment
Overview of the agreed detailed remediation design
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 warm 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 to around 200 metres in depth..
This data will help us to better understand UK geothermal resources and their potential exploitation, as well as facilitate on-going research and innovation.
Hugh Barron, Business Manager, Scotland, British Geological Survey
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Close of Conference followed by a Networking Drinks Reception
"A good opportunity to network and socialise with the contacts in the industry"
Managing Coal Mining Legacy in Scotland & Effectively Evaluating the Risks
An introduction to The Coal Authority – who we are, what we do and what’s new
Examining what mining legacy impact looks like in Scotland
Understanding the importance of evaluating coal mining risks correctly
Outlining how The Coal Authority can help manage mining legacy for effective brownfield development
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
Alex Lee, Technical Director, WSP
E. GWSDAT: A Tool for Analysing Groundwater Quality Data and Contamination Plumes to Achieve Optimum Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation
Prof Adrian Bowman, Professor of Statistics, University of Glasgow
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