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Last edited 25 Apr 2022
Spatial development glossary, European Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT), Territory and landscape, No. 2, published by Council of Europe Publishing in 2007, states: ‘Derelict areas are (generally urban) areas which have suffered a significant downturn, with declining or abandoned industries, closed businesses and houses, vacant storefronts, a degraded environment and virtually empty streets at night. Some derelict areas are also contaminated and can be considered as brownfields sites. Derelict areas are a major cause of environmental stress in urban areas.
See also: Derelict land.
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