Councils are facing increasing political, social and economic pressure to both deliver and develop surplus and underutilised land and property to meet the UK’s growing housing demand.
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Councils are facing increasing political, social and economic pressure to both deliver and develop surplus and underutilised land and property to meet the UK’s growing housing demand and to create commercial/industrial space for employment.

The potential risks of buying/selling, owning and developing contaminated land have been highlighted in a number of significant cases such as the Corby Council and Crest Redlands cases and very recently in the decisions in Jim 2 Limited v Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council [2017] and the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Powys County Council v Price and Hardwick [2017].These and other cases have clearly shown that, although the UK has a depth of experience in brownfield development, not all risks can be managed or ‘engineered out’ – some degree of long-term environmental liability risk will almost certainly remain.

How we can help?

Gallagher has over 70 Council clients and understands the pressures and constraints that they work under. Specialising in property, construction and environmental impairment liability, our team is well suited to support Councils in the management and financial protection of risks associated with their sale/acquisition, development and ownership of former industrial and other brownfield sites.

Our Environmental Liability specialists have over 40 years of experience in helping Councils to implement successful insurance solutions on projects ranging from Housing Stock transfers through to large-scale infrastructure, brownfield site acquisition and regeneration projects.