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Contaminated land

Contaminated Land

Contaminated land is land that is presenting an unacceptable risk to human health and the wider environment because of harmful substances that are in, on or under the land.

We have a statutory duty to ensure land is not contaminated. Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, places a duty on us to:

The financial responsibility for remediation is usually with the polluter of the land. Where the polluter cannot be found, landowners or occupiers can be liable for the costs. People liable for the costs of remediation are classified as the "Appropriate Persons".

We have produced a Contaminated Land Strategy (see Related Documents below) which explains how the council intends to carry out the process of inspecting the district and identifying contaminated land.

We also have a duty to ensure that new development on land, which may be contaminated, does not result in an unacceptable risk to the future users of the site. In order to ensure land is fit for development, applicants need to submit information on whether the site poses any risk of contamination. Remediation of the land may be required before development can take place. A leaflet called Developing Land Affected by Contamination is available (see Related Documents below) to assist developers of land which may be contaminated.

Land quality information

As part of our contaminated land inspection strategy, we have compiled a lot of information on the way land in the district has been used in the past, along with information on it's current use. We have used Graphic Information Systems (maps) to store this data. If you require detailed information on a plot of land, please contact us for a written survey. There is a charge for this service, currently £108.00. If we do not hold any information on the land in question, we will advise on the phone free of charge.

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency have a responsibility for heavily contaminated land sites, known as special sites. The Environment Agency website has a lot of information on land quality data.

Contaminated Land Public Register

We have a duty to keep a record of all contaminated land sites with the following information:

The register is available at Council Offices, Grantham during normal working hours..

Related documents

Size Name
[2Mb] Development On Land Affected By Contamination Updated guidance for land development
[1Mb] Revised Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy Revised Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.