For general information on contaminated land we recommend visiting the GOV.UK website first.
We have three primary responsibilities in relation to contaminated land.
We investigate areas which are considered potential high risk to human health or the environment due to land contamination. The approach of investigation is set out in the Contaminated land inspection strategy.
We provide planning consultation responses in relation to land contamination. When a planning application is submitted we consider whether the land is suitable for the proposed use. If not it is the developer’s responsibility to investigate and provide evidence on potential risks from land contamination.
If there are potential high risks, the developer will be required to clean the land before the proposed development works commence.
Once we’ve received evidence that this has been done the development can start.
We provide responses to land quality enquiries submitted by clients (eg solicitors, consultants etc).
Similarly we generate land quality reports for specific sites or properties.
The Council has a duty to maintain a register for Contaminated Land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended).
The Contaminated Land Public Register will serve as a permanent record of all regulatory activity undertaken to ensure the remediation of any site, which has been determined as contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.