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Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy consultation


We carried out a consultation on a review of the Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy for County Durham between 6 July and 31 August 2015.

This consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded.

Strategy review

The Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy was first approved by the council's Cabinet in October 2010. Following this, the strategy is subject to review every five years.

About the strategy

We are obliged, by law, to inspect land which has the potential to be determined as 'contaminated land'. We are also obliged to produce a written strategy outlining how we intend to carry out inspections under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Updates to the strategy

Gov.uk: Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in April 2012 has been included in the updated strategy. In summary, it covers:

  • The introduction of risk categorisation of sites into one of four categories.
  • The principle that normal levels of contaminants, such as those caused by common human activities, as opposed to former industrial uses, should not be considered to cause land to qualify as contaminated land, unless there is a particular reason otherwise.
  • Changes to the reporting of sites assessed.

Consultation outcome

The consultation feedback was considered in a Cabinet meeting on 18 November 2015, who approved the updated Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy for County Durham. It will now be in place until 2020.

Further information

Please contact us if you'd like further information about this consultation or the Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy.

Contact us
Land Quality Inspection Programme
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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