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Land Contamination


Government guidance recognises land contamination as a material planning consideration and that the development phase is the most cost-effective time to deal with the problem. Where contaminated land is identified as a planning consideration a Preliminary Land Contamination Assessment (often called a Preliminary Risk Assessment or PRA) will be need to be submitted with the planning application, in accordance with the Tyne and Wear Validation requirements and relevant national, regional and planning policy.

Primarily it is the applicants/developer’s responsibility to ensure that the development is safe and the site is suitable for its proposed use and then the Local Planning Authority’s (LPA) duty to ensure that the developer undertakes this assessment and implements any remedial requirements in a responsible and effective manner.

Therefore the guides below are provided to aid applicants/developer’s in understanding the constraints and requirements of development that has a sensitive end use and/or is proposed on land that may be contaminated.

They have been produced by Council Officers from Development Control and the Landscape and Reclamation Team in Design Services with the aim of encouraging a consistent approach to the presentation and information content of contaminated land reports provided to the Local Planning Authority.

The 3 guides are as follows:

  1. Developer’s Guide to Potentially Contaminated Land, Sensitive End Uses and the Risk Assessment Process: This is an overview of the contaminated land requirements at the application stage.
  2. Guide to producing Phase 1: Land Contamination Assessment/Preliminary Risk Assessments:
  3. Guide to producing Phase 2: Intrusive Ground Investigations and Quantitative Risk Assessments: Also includes guidance on remediation strategies.

As with all general guidance not all eventualities are covered but please feel free to contact Development Control if you have any questions. It should be noted that the guides were produced in March 2010 and with changing legislation and planning policy they could date and we will seek to update the guidance if and when necessary. A comprehensive list of additional references is provided with each guide. 



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