Statutory Guidance has been issued to local authorities to take a "strategic approach" to inspect its land for the purpose of identifying contaminated land (Section 78B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990). For the definition of Contaminated Land please visit the DEFRA or Environment Agency website via the relevant links.
Through this guidance, the Council is required to publish a strategy setting out how it will undertake the inspection of land within its district. This strategy details how the Council will take a rational, ordered and efficient approach to this inspection. The initial Contaminated Land Strategy for Ashfield District Council was published in July 2001. A revised version of the strategy was published in 2007. A copy of the strategy can be downloaded from the documents section. Any questions or general comments relating to this document would be welcomed.
This inspection is a significant responsibility which extends existing local authority duties under the Environmental Protection Act (statutory nuisance) and Town & Country Planning Act (development control). The main duties include:
Ashfield District Council's priorities in dealing with Contaminated Land are:
In addition, each local authority is required to hold a register of all land within their districts which has been determined as being Contaminated Land.