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Contaminated Land - Planning Applications

When is it necessary to submit information addressing land contamination issues in support of planning applications?

  • For all potentially contaminated sites where there is reason to suspect that contamination could impact on the proposed development, a Phase I desk study report (see ‘blue leaflet’ in Documents section) must be submitted with the planning application
  • For more vulnerable end uses (for example housing with gardens, allotments), a minimum of a Phase I desk study will be required in all circumstances. Where there is reason to suspect significant contamination, a Phase II intrusive investigation report and remediation statement (see ‘blue leaflet’) may be required in support of the application

What happens to your application and the submitted reports?
The contaminated land team reviews these reports and provides advice  to the planning officers regarding the imposing and discharging of planning conditions related to land contamination.  The team is happy to discuss our information requirements informally at any stage.


It is the responsibility of the developer to ensure that a development is safe and 'suitable for use' for the purpose for which it is intended.

Please refer to the Documents section of the page for our guidance leaflets.