Under the ‘contaminated land’ regime each local authority has to “cause its area to be inspected from time to time for the purpose of identifying contaminated land” (Section 78B Environmental Protection Act 1990).
When ‘contaminated land’ is identified, the local authority must ensure that it is managed in an appropriate manner. Statutory guidance has been issued to local authorities to take a ‘strategic approach’ to inspecting their areas and to describe and publish a written strategy.
The Scarborough Borough Council Contaminated Land Strategy was published in 2001. The strategy details how the council will take a rational, ordered and efficient approach to the inspection of contaminated land.
Our main responsibilities
- To cause their areas to be inspected in order to identify ‘contaminated land’
- To establish who may be the ‘appropriate person(s)’ to bear responsibility for remediation of the land;
- To decide, after consultation, what remediation might be required in any individual case and ensure that such remediation takes place, by serving a remediation notice where necessary
- To record information on a public register about their regulatory actions;
- To decide whether any such land should be designated a ‘special site’ (regulated by the Environment Agency)
- The programme of collecting information to enable the potentially contaminated sites to be identified began July 2001.
For the definition of contaminated land please visit GOV.UK.