Contaminated land is land that has become polluted as a result of previous industrial activity.
Contaminated material can affect the underlying ground or water within the ground and could harm people, building materials, water courses or nature, and is enforced by Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act.
The Local Planning Authority (LPA) has a duty to consider potential contamination when they prepare development plans and determine planning applications
Developers should submit enough information with their planning application to determine the risks from contamination and satisfy the LPA that there is a viable remediation option for the site and that developing land affected by contamination will not introduce or create unacceptable risks, or allow existing ones to continue.
Reports for the site should be prepared in accordance with the WLGA 2012 Developers Guide and the document CLR 11 Model Procedures for the Management of Land Contamination.