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 (pdf)
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)