The UK has a long history of industrial development. It has left a legacy of potentially contaminated land that may pose risks to public health and the environment.
It is the responsibility of the developer to assess the potential risks to human health and the environment and ensure contamination is dealt with appropriately. Where a site is affected by contamination responsibility for securing a safe development rests with the developer and landowner.
Further guidance you may find useful:
- NNC local guide for development on potentially contaminated land (under review)
- Building regulations
- Contaminated land
- Land contamination risk management (LCRM)
- National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
When buying or selling a property, solicitors may ask whether the land is contaminated. Environmental searches may raise questions about the former use of the site. We can provide a summary report of historic land-use based on records held by us. This is a chargeable service.
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Last updated 03 January 2024