When is a contaminated land assessment required?

A contaminated land assessment should accompany applications for developments where the proposed site is known or suspected to be contaminated. These typically include:

  • former landfill sites;
  • railway land;
  • waste disposal sites/scrapyards;
  • petrol stations; and
  • land used for chemical or industrial processes.

 

What information should be included in a contaminated land assessment?

A Contaminated Land Assessment should be carried out by a Geo-technical or Geo-environmental Engineer, in consultation with the council’s Contaminated Land team.

The information included should be sufficient to determine:

  • the existence of any contamination on the development site
  • the nature of any contamination on the development site
  • the risks that any contamination may pose for future use and whether the risks can be satisfactorily reduced to an acceptable level
  • the proposed approach for de-contaminating the development site
    • when formulating your proposed approach for de-contaminating the development site, you will need to demonstrate that it will be completed in a responsible and effective manner, so that the land will be made suitable for any new use

How do I submit a contaminated land assessment?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your contaminated land assessment after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your contaminated land assessment along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting a contaminated land assessment, please see the following links below: