As a Leeds United fan – indeed, as a Yorkshireman – I’m hard-pressed to acknowledge any positive news coming from Lancashire – especially if the purported good news in any way involves Liverpool Football Club. However, as a real estate damages expert, and a specialist in the valuation of brownfields and properties with a wide range of environmental conditions, I truly appreciate Liverpool City Region’s ambitious plans to preserve green space while addressing the region’s housing crisis by investing in remediation and redevelopment of brownfields. Including Melwood, Liverpool Football Club's former training facility. 

Residential redevelopment of brownfields is often viewed as impractical because of perceptions of overwhelming sensitivity of residential land use on what are often former industrial properties. But with careful planning and current site evaluation and remediation technologies, residential redevelopment is now commonplace. I applaud Liverpool’s plans to invest £60 million from its Brownfield Land Fund to prepare sites for the construction of more than 4,000 homes. 

In fact, congratulations on having a robust Brownfield Land Fund! Although just a nipper at the time, I’m still bitter about Leeds United’s loss to Liverpool in the 1965 F.A. Cup Final, but sometimes you have to give the scousers their due. Well played Liverpool!  #brownfields