Contaminated land is where substances could cause:

  • Significant harm to people or protected species.
  • Significant pollution of surface waters or ground waters.

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What we do

We are responsible for enforcing Contaminated Land legislation. We:

  • Publish a Contaminated Land Strategy which says how we will identify contaminated sites in our area.
  • Carry out reviews of land that may be contaminated.
  • Find out who is responsible for putting right the contamination and discuss the problem with them.
  • Formally declare land as contaminated.
  • Agree what action is necessary to put the site right and make sure it is done.
  • Keep a Public Register of contaminated land sites which includes any legal action that has been taken in relation to a site.
  • Review planning applications to find out if there are any issues that need to be considered regarding contamination.
  • In some cases the Environment Agency may take over regulation of a site from us once it has been declared as Contaminated Land.
Contaminated Land Public Register
This register is intended to act as a full and permanent record of all the regulatory action taken by the enforcing authority in relation to the remediation of the land.