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Contaminated Land

How the Council deals with contaminated land.

Contaminated Land

Like the rest of the country, land usage in certain areas might have left substances in the ground that could harm humans, sensitive ecological sites or the integrity of buildings. The Council can deal with contaminated land through:

1. The Planning Regime (Development Control)

The Council has powers to deal with contaminated land through redevelopment. Not all historical land uses pose problems until they are altered in terms of their use, from a less sensitive to a more sensitive one. For example, if an old leaky petrol station is to be redeveloped as housing, there may be concerns regarding residual fuel contamination in the soil.

If a person wishes to change the use of a piece of land, they must apply for planning permission from the Council. To prevent any potential pollutants in the ground having an adverse impact upon people's health or the building structure, the Council will impose standard Contaminated Land Conditions attached to the planning permission. This will require applicants to undertake any necessary ground investigations to ensure that any contamination is identified and dealt with to make the site safe for use. These conditions will need to be discharged by the Council before the properties are occupied.

pdf icon Planning Policy Statement 23 [262kb] and Supplementary Planning Documents also provide further information.

2. The Contaminated Land Regime (Part IIa of the Environmental Protection Act 1990)

All local authorities have a duty to expect land in their district for the presence of contamination, along with an inspection strategy. This is so the legacy of contaminated land from industrial, mining and waste disposal activities can be monitored. Read our pdf icon Contaminated Land Strategy. [501kb]