Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has sold 18 closed landfill sites.
The 526 acres were sold on 17 December to Landcare (Manchester) for an undisclosed sum. The specialist brownfield site management firm will take full freehold and environmental responsibility for the sites with operational support from sister company Thornton Facilities Management.
GMWDA Chair, Councillor Neil Swannick said the sites were a legacy of the past and a sale, with on-going commitment to proactive site management, was a priority for the authority.
“We are delighted that Landcare, a specialist professional company with the right expertise and the opportunity to bring the sites into more beneficial use, be that through focussed community engagement or in some cases through redevelopment has been selected.”
Landcare, part of the NPL group, has in-house expertise in environmental management, laboratory analysis and renewable energy and waste management.
Landcare group managing director Simon Towers said: “A number of the sites are at present enjoyed by local communities and our aim is to enhance partnership arrangements and be a visible, responsive and responsible company. We will over time look at ways in which sites can be enhanced through funding and in some cases through redevelopment, but our core focus is retaining the levels of care and maintenance and ensuring that the sites continue to no longer pose a risk to the environment.”