Contaminated land

Contaminated land law and guidance lets us find and clean up polluted land. There is a clear legal definition of Contaminated Land. We can use legal powers to clean up land where pollution is currently causing unacceptable risks to peoples health or the environment. There are rules about how we do this and who pays for the clean up which are based on making the polluter pay.

We must publish how we inspect land in the District. Our Contaminated Land Strategy was written in 2001, reviewed in 2007 and is currently under review.

Many land contamination problems are cleaned up through development and planning controls. It’s expected that this will continue. Guidance for developers and their advisors is available.

We do not currently have any entries on our public register for contaminated land.

Environmental Information Requests (EIR)

We can provide a summary letter of the information that we hold on land when we receive a request made in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations.

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Charges are levied on an hourly basis for the cost of searching, retrieving, reviewing, processing and preparing your information request.

Our hourly charge is £82 with residential searches typically taking between one to two hours.  Larger industrial commercial premises will potentially taking longer to complete, dependent on the amount and complexity of the information requested. VAT is not chargeable on our searches.

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 we have 20 working days to respond to your request, although we will try to respond with our search findings as soon as we can.

If you have been provided a reference number and quote for your search please use the button below to make payment.

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