Contaminated land

Contaminated land is land where a substance which presents a risk of harm to someone or something (a 'receptor') in our environment, with a 'pathway' to reach that receptor.

Our contaminated land strategy was adopted in June 2001. It tells you how we find contaminated land and what action we take.

PDF icon Contaminated land strategy 

We have identified potentially contaminated areas which we are investigating to see if we need to take any action.

How we investigate potentially contaminated land

Direct investigation: We look at land which won't be redeveloped through planning applications. We identify potentially contaminated areas and investigate whether they present risks. We have a database of areas on which we gather contaminated land information.

Investigation through the planning process: Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, we consider contamination issues on land being developed. Most contaminated sites are cleaned up during the redevelopment process, which brings 'brownfield' (for example previously used land) back into use.

Planning applicants are responsible for dealing with contamination on their development sites. Our guide outlines the current requirements

 PDF icon Guide to help developers meet planning requirements

If you have been advised by a planning condition to install a gas or vapour protective membrane in a development, please refer to our installation guidance.

PDF icon Developer gas membrane installation guidance

Get in touch about environmental health

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call during office hours and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help.