Pollution control - contaminated land

What is contaminated land?

Contaminated land includes land polluted by:

  • heavy metals
  • oils
  • chemical substances
  • gases
  • asbestos
  • radioactive substances

For more information about contaminated land please visit GOV.UK.

Inspection strategy

Under Part II A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, all local authorities have a duty to inspect their land to identify where contamination is present. This is to ensure that the appropriate person (the polluter) is made to improve the land to a standard that makes it ‘suitable for its use’. We have written an inspection strategy which details how it intends to carry out its duties under this legislation.

Planning permission

When an application is made to the council for planning permission, we check our records for historical land use and other environmental factors. If necessary, a condition will be added to the planning authorisation stating that a desktop study must be carried out into the condition of the land.

If the survey shows that the site could be contaminated, an intrusive site investigation must then be carried out. This is to determine the content and extent of the contamination. The land must then be remediated to a standard that makes it suitable for the end use of the site.

Preventing contamination

We are also involved with the prevention of pollution that could lead to the contamination of land. Along with the Environment Agency, we are responsible for the authorisation and monitoring of all polluting processes within the borough. This ensures that all industrial and commercial processes are actively controlled, and that appropriate standards are enforced.

How to make an enquiry

You can make an enquiry as to the condition of any piece of land within the borough in accordance with the Freedom of Information Regulations. To do this please complete the Freedom of information request form.

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