Contaminated land in the area
Local Authorities in England and Wales are responsible for identifying, determining and enforcing remediation of contaminated land within their areas.
A risk assessment is carried out and work then prioritised dependant upon:
- the previous land use,
- any works done to clean the land in the past,
- the current land use,
- the likelihood of sensitive receptors being affected by pollutants
When land is being developed through the planning process, the Environmental Health Services Department will assess the planning application and where appropriate request that a condition is included in any grant of planning permission. This will require the developer to carry out remediation works to ensure the land is suitable for the proposed use.
Some developers will sell properties before the contaminated land condition has been fulfilled, so if you are buying a new property ask your solicitor to check that any Contaminated Land Planning Condition has been discharged before you buy.
When buying a property you can have an Environmental Search carried out. Your solicitor can write to the Council requesting information on previous land use for your property and the surrounding area. The Environmental Health Services Department charges a nominal fee for this information, usually £50-£100.
For information please contact Environmental Health Services.