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Contaminated land surveys

When is a contaminated land survey required?

Brownfield sites are often affected by the presence of contamination due to past industrial or waste disposal processes. Potential contamination is a material consideration. This means that where contamination is known or suspected the developer must provide a contaminated land survey to determine whether the proposed development can proceed and outline any mitigation measures proposed. Any Land Contamination Assessment should be in line with the details outlined in  Planning Policy Statement 23:Planning and Pollution Control (November 2004) If a contaminated land survey is not provided then the planning application will not be validated.

Further Guidance

Further advice can be obtained from both the environment agency and contaminated land.

We have also produced a guide for brownfield development (PDF/691KB/4 Pages).