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It is now easier for developers to clear up contaminated land the Town and Country Planning Association has said.
The organisation also agreed with the government’s initiatives to incentivise brownfield development as part of its development strategy.
"Many brownfield sites exist in areas with a strong demand for housing, but contamination can hold back developments," said spokesperson Kate Henderson.
"However, huge progress has been made technically, legally and administratively in dealing with contaminated land."
The government replied to claims by the British Property Federation that it had not helped developers enough and agreed to phase out landfill tax exemption for waste from brownfield clean-ups.
Ms Henderson explained that new incentives were essential if the country is to have sufficient new homes.
"Even if slowing prices bring homes within reach for a few, many more continue to rely on plans being laid for more homes," she said.