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Using a conceptual site model for assessing the sustainability of brownfield regeneration for a soft reuse: a case study of Port Sunlight River Park (U.K.)

Using a conceptual site model for assessing the sustainability of brownfield regeneration for a soft reuse: a case study of Port Sunlight River Park (U.K.)
Using a conceptual site model for assessing the sustainability of brownfield regeneration for a soft reuse: a case study of Port Sunlight River Park (U.K.)

Brownfield regeneration to soft reuse such as recreation and amenity has become increasingly common due to the demand for the potential environmental, social and economic benefits that it can deliver. This has led in turn to an increased demand for improved tools to support decision-making for this style of regeneration: tools which are simple to use, based on robust scientific principles and preferably which can ultimately link to quantitative or semi-quantitative cost-benefit analyses. This work presents an approach to assessing and comparing different scenarios for brownfield regeneration to soft reuse and other end-points. A “sustainability linkages” approach, based on sustainability assessment criteria produced by the UK Sustainable Remediation Forum (SuRF-UK), is developed and used in a refined qualitative sustainability assessment, and applied to develop a conceptual site model of sustainability, for a specific case study site (Port Sunlight River Park, U.K., a public leisure park established and maintained on a capped and managed former landfill site). Ranking, on an ex post basis, highlighted the clear sustainability advantages that the establishment of the Port Sunlight River Park has compared with a hypothetical non-development scenario. The conceptual site model provides a clearer basis for understanding cause and effect for benefits and disbenefits and a rationale for grouping individual effects based on their ease of valuation, providing a road map for cost-benefit assessments by (1) being able to match specific linkages to the most appropriate means of valuation, and (2) transparently connecting the sustainability assessment and cost benefit assessment processes.

Overall benefits, Qualitative sustainability assessment, SuRF-UK guidance, Sustainability linkage
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Bardos, Paul
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Li, Xiaonuo, Bardos, Paul, Cundy, Andrew B., Harder, Marie K., Doick, Kieron J., Norrman, Jenny, Williams, Sarah and Chen, Weiping (2019) Using a conceptual site model for assessing the sustainability of brownfield regeneration for a soft reuse: a case study of Port Sunlight River Park (U.K.). Science of the Total Environment, 652, 810-821. (doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.278).

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Abstract

Brownfield regeneration to soft reuse such as recreation and amenity has become increasingly common due to the demand for the potential environmental, social and economic benefits that it can deliver. This has led in turn to an increased demand for improved tools to support decision-making for this style of regeneration: tools which are simple to use, based on robust scientific principles and preferably which can ultimately link to quantitative or semi-quantitative cost-benefit analyses. This work presents an approach to assessing and comparing different scenarios for brownfield regeneration to soft reuse and other end-points. A “sustainability linkages” approach, based on sustainability assessment criteria produced by the UK Sustainable Remediation Forum (SuRF-UK), is developed and used in a refined qualitative sustainability assessment, and applied to develop a conceptual site model of sustainability, for a specific case study site (Port Sunlight River Park, U.K., a public leisure park established and maintained on a capped and managed former landfill site). Ranking, on an ex post basis, highlighted the clear sustainability advantages that the establishment of the Port Sunlight River Park has compared with a hypothetical non-development scenario. The conceptual site model provides a clearer basis for understanding cause and effect for benefits and disbenefits and a rationale for grouping individual effects based on their ease of valuation, providing a road map for cost-benefit assessments by (1) being able to match specific linkages to the most appropriate means of valuation, and (2) transparently connecting the sustainability assessment and cost benefit assessment processes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 October 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 October 2018
Published date: 20 February 2019
Keywords: Overall benefits, Qualitative sustainability assessment, SuRF-UK guidance, Sustainability linkage

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Local EPrints ID: 425882
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425882
ISSN: 0048-9697
PURE UUID: e143694c-0939-457c-aa0f-a5db1f1b039f
ORCID for Andrew B. Cundy: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4368-2569

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Date deposited: 06 Nov 2018 17:30
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 00:35

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