Contaminated land

Land is legally defined as ‘contaminated land’ where substances have a significant possibility of causing:

  • harm to people, property or protected species
  • pollution of surface waters (for example lakes and rivers) or groundwater

As a council, we are responsible for:

  • identifying contaminated land
  • maintaining a contaminated land strategy (pdf)
  • maintaining a contaminated land public register (there are currently no sites registered in Harlow)

We will investigate land when there are applications for planning permission or building regulations approval.

If we think there could be a risk to the land, we will put conditions on approvals to make sure that the risk is properly addressed.

If you are a developer or landowner, you can contact us to discuss contaminated land and the planning process. You can also read our technical guidance on contaminated land (pdf)

You can find more information about contaminated land on GOV.UK

Contact information

Environmental Health
Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
College Square
Harlow CM20 1WG
01279 446111