Planning permission and contaminated land

The document below contains advice on the information which is required to be submitted with planning applications for sites/buildings, where contamination will be a material consideration. It clearly sets out the type of contamination assessment we require by developers for different types of planning application.

Owners and developers have a responsibility to establish the extent of any potentially harmful materials on their sites. In dealing with planning applications, Local Planning Authorities have a duty make sure that appropriate investigations are carried out by owners and developers, and that appropriate information about this is submitted with planning applications.

We process planning applications as quickly and efficiently as possible and this guidance is provided to help ensure that this process runs smoothly.

 Contaminated land in the planning process [PDF, 210KB]