Pollution control - contaminated land
also known as: contaminated land, historic land use, part 2a, part IIa, site investigation, source-pathway-receptor.
Information about contaminated land for the public, developers and consultants
Many historic industrial processes (such as
gasworks, mines, landfills) left chemicals in the ground which can
pollute soil and groundwater. The Council has responsibility
for checking that brownfield sites in Northumberland are not
causing harm to human health or the environment.
The Council has a duty to
- Identify and remove unacceptable risks to
human health and the environment
- Ensure that contaminated land is made
suitable for its current use
- Ensure that remediation of land is feasible
and sustainable without causing unnecessary hardship, stress or
further damage to the environment
The Council has a record of sites listed for
further investigation and information is updated continually. A few
higher risk sites are inspected every year in accordance with the
Contaminated Land Strategy for Northumberland. If you have any
concerns regarding contamination of your property or the past
history of your site, contact the Council.
There are currently no entries on the Public
Register of contaminated land. The Public Register can be inspected
free of charge at the Old Fire Station, Loansdean, Morpeth NE61 2AP
during office hours by appointment.
You may be interested in contaminated land
- you are buying a property and the
environmental search has failed
- you are developing a brownfield site which
may need remediation work
- you have been affected by a leak or spillage
of oil or chemicals
For conveyancing queries, your enquiry will be
logged as a request for information under the Environmental
Information Regulations. The response will identify whether the
Council considers the property to be a high priority for inspection
under contaminated land legislation.
For developers, brownfield sites will need
assessment to ensure that the site is suitable for its proposed
use. The guidance document ‘Development on Land Affected by
Contamination’ outlines procedures that we would expect developers
to follow. It is preferable to have carried out a Phase 1 desk
study prior to a planning application being submitted. This will
identify whether further intrusive site investigation works are
recommended to identify risks to the development. Planning
conditions may apply to investigate the site further and remediate
it if necessary.
The Council investigates incidents where land
has been contaminated by spillages or leaks and ensures that sites
are remediated to an acceptable standard for their current use.
Failure to clean up pollution could lead to land being determined
as contaminated in the future.