Contaminated Land

Under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Local Authority has a statutory duty to identify and remediate land where contamination is causing unacceptable risks to human health or the wider environment given the current use and circumstances of the land. The Council has now reviewed and published its Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy 2013 and is in the process of inspecting its sites. The Council also has a statutory duty to maintain and publish a register of Contaminated Land. No land has yet been formally designated as contaminated land within Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and therefore, there are no entries upon the register at present.

Contaminated Land and Planning Applications

Planning Applications have to be considered for potential contamination issues to ensure compliance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the National Planning Policy Framework and the Councils Local Validation List.

Responsibility lies with the developer to find out the nature, degree and extent of any harmful materials on their site and must then be able to demonstrate that a site can and will be cleaned up to make it safe and suitable for its proposed use.

Where there is evidence that a site may be affected by contamination, or the proposed use would be particularly vulnerable to the presence of contamination, the planning application must be accompanied by an appropriate contamination assessment.

The contamination assessment should as a minimum include a desk study, a site walkover survey and a conceptual site model, unless, the proposed development is for an individual residential property, then a Screening Assessment Form can initially be submitted as a basic contamination assessment.

Where a contamination assessment is acceptable and potential sources of contamination have been identified, planning conditions will be imposed to ensure that the site is investigated and remediated appropriately.

The investigation, assessment and remediation of contaminated land is split into 4 phases: Phase 1 Preliminary Risk Assessment, Phase 2 Site Investigation and Risk Assessment, Phase 3 Remediation and Phase 4 Verification.

Further information and advice can be found in The Yorkshire and Humberside Pollution Advisory Group 'Development on Land Affected by Contamination Guidance'.

If remediation includes a gas protection system, refer to The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Pollution Advisory Group 'Technical Guidance for Developers, Landowners and Consultants'.

If a cover system is required refer to The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Pollution Advisory Group 'Verification Requirements for Cover Systems'.

 icon YALPAG Planning Guidance.pdf (0.91Mb)
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 icon Screening Assessment Form.pdf (138.34k)
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 icon YALPAG Verification of Cover Systems.pdf (1.38Mb)
Last modified: 17/01/2017 11:35:17

 icon YALPAG Guidance - Gas Verification.pdf (4.32Mb)
Last modified: 17/01/2017 11:35:19

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