Contaminated land strategy

There are two ways that we deal with the legacy of contaminated land within the District:

  • Development Management process. This applies when a site has a redevelopment proposal that requires planning approval. If a site may be contaminated then a condition can be placed on a planning approval requiring a site investigation and the implementation of a satisfactory scheme of remedial works.
  • Environmental Health process. We identify contaminated land in the district with the aim of protecting your health, the water environment and other ecosystems.

Read our Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy

Our Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy outlines how we plan to fulfil our duties.

The strategy proposes to look at urban residential areas first of all. Sites close to historic locations, controlled waters and protected environmental areas will also be examined.

  • Problem sites will be prioritised
  • We will adhere to the regulations, which set clear criteria that must be met before land can be formally designated as 'statutory contaminated land'.
  • We also maintain a public register. This is held in the Public Health and Licensing Department at Park House.

It is recognised that some sites, requiring urgent attention, may not fit into this general approach. These sites will be dealt with as they arise.

We are actively working with developers and our own Planning Officers to ensure any land contamination risks are managed appropriately with regard to new developments.

We shall provide support to any parties who volunteer to clear up a contaminated site.

Read the strategy

Land charge reports

A land charge report on contaminated land costs £114. For more information, contact Environmental Health and Licensing.