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Contaminated land

For general information on contaminated land we recommend visiting the GOV.UK website first.

We have three primary responsibilities in relation to contaminated land:

  • to 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.
  • to 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.
  • to provide responses to land quality enquiries submitted by clients (eg solicitors, consultants etc). Similarly we generate land quality reports for specific sites or properties.

Fees apply to the land quality enquiries.

We also respond to queries about contaminated land.

Make a contaminated land query

A land quality report provides environmental information on a chosen property within the borough. This information includes details regarding:

  • geology and hydrology
  • current and historical land uses on the selected property
  • any current or former landfill, filled land, made ground and waste management facilities within 250 metres of the property
  • any current or former industrial or commercial land uses within 50 metres of the property
  • the nature and implications of these land uses
  • environmentally sensitive data such as pollution control sites and radioactive substances
  • sites of environmental importance such as conservation areas and listed buildings
  • copies of historical maps

This information is assessed by a qualified member of staff and information from council records and local knowledge will be included.

Finally the current status of the property in relation to the Environment Protection Act 1990 Part II (a) will be summarised.


Five working day response (where available and on request) = ​£500

20 working day response = ​£275

The above prices are based on the report taking two hours to write.

For every hour over two hours = ​£80

Public register

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.

Download the Public Register


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