Planning Systems and Legislation for Brownfield Development explored in the new Baltic Urban Lab brochure

Baltic Urban Lab project partner Nordregio has lately published both a policy brief and a brochure regarding the planning systems and legislation regarding brownfield redevelopment in different Central Baltic countries.

Policy brief titled "Redeveloping brownfields in the Central Baltic region" (April 2017) gives the reader an overview of challenges for brownfield redevelopment in the region, more specifically, the issues with land ownership and the technical and financial difficulties of remediating contaminated land. The fact that brownfields are often situated close to the city centres and already existing residental areas increases notably the range of actors who are interested in developing these areas.


The brochure "Planning Systems Legislation for Brownfield Development in the Central Baltic Countries" was published as part of the Baltic Urban Lab project, which involved four partner cities (Riga, Tallinn, Turku and Norrköping) developing and testing new integrated planning and partnership models for brownfield redevelopment. The publication emphasises how brownfield redevelopment is an important topic in Europe since many of the countries and cities are experiencing rapid urbanisation and therefore the overarching aim of this brochure is to enable experiences of brownfield redevelopment to be exchanged between the Central Baltic countries (Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden) by providing knowledge about the conditions for brownfield redevelopment in each country. The brochure presents the planning systems and principal legislation and policies related to brownfield redevelopment. It specifically highlights the aforementioned key challenges of cooperation between actors and the remediation of contaminated land, and looks at how domestic legislation and policies promote or hinder meeting those challenges.

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