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YourEnvironment are experienced in all aspects of contaminated land investigation, including small scale remediation and all validation works.
We prioritise ruling out further works at an early stage so that you can carry on with your development at the earliest opportunity. The contaminated land regime in the UK follows a standard process of moving through several stages with a Desktop Study being first and validation and verification being last. We prioritise ruling out further works at an early stage to ensure an economic yet practical solution for all parties involved. We are very experienced at guiding you through the regulatory process and liaising with the local authority, warranty provider, lender or building control officer.
The contaminated land regime in the UK is set out in a number of documents which outline a framework or process flow if you like. Much like assessing a risk in Health and Safety, the overarching theme is Risk Assessment. It’s exactly the same as a Health and Safety Risk assessment, just that the risk comes from another source - potential contamination in the ground.
The logical progression for this would be to take a soil sample in every single new build house to ensure that there is no contamination. However this would be extremely expensive and not a proportional view to take bearing in mind that 70% of new development is on green field sites. Instead the process of assessing whether contaminated land will effect your property is dictated through the planning system.
Each local planning authority has a contaminated land officer who will be a consulate on the planning application. These officers are often very experienced and have a vast amount of local knowledge. Therefore there decision to put a contaminated land planning condition on a consent is borne from a mixture of local knowledge and also experience of what type of facilities are potentially contaminative.
The conditions are differently worded depending on what local authority you are with. However, they are always in the same vein and normally take the form of 3 or 4 separate conditions. These conditions usually take the form of the following stages in the contaminated land assessment process:
Stage 1: Desktop Study
Stage 2: Site Investigation
Stage 3: Remediation (This includes provision of a remediation strategy normally); and
Stage 4: Validation and Verification