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Across the UK there are an estimated 60,000 ha of brownfield land, which are available for regeneration. Brownfield land refers to derelict, underused and neglected land which may previously have been developed for commercial or industrial usage. A number of initiatives have been set up that are intended to promote the redevelopment of brownfield land to housing and green space, thereby reducing the use of greenfield sites for development purposes. In 1998 the Government announced a target of building 60% of new houses on brownfield sites by 2008. This target has been exceeded, as in 2008 an estimated 79% of new housing was delivered on such land.
Land regeneration schemes in the UK include:
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