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 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)
Contaminated land public register
Under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the council has a responsibility to keep a register of contaminated land in the Harlow district.
We have carried out investigations, but at this time we have not identified any land that is causing harm as defined by Part IIA of the act and we do not have any other information that would be required for the register. Therefore, the register contains no entries.