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 2009 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.