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Land quality inspections


We inspect the quality of land on sites which have historically been used for industrial activity such as gas works, colliery and coke works and landfills. There are approximately 7,000 of these sites in County Durham.

The inspection process

Inspections are completed in two phases:

  • Phase 1 - desk top study involving reviewing historical maps and data for each site and undertaking a visual survey and risk assessment. Where an inspection is required under Phase 2, the most relevant areas to undertake the sampling are identified.
  • Phase 2 - soil samples and where necessary, water samples are gathered to analyse the condition of the land.  Air monitoring may also be undertaken.

Current inspections

We are currently carrying out inspections at the following site:

Former Dawdon Colliery including Blast Beach

Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspection Programme Dawdon Colliery (PDF, 257.4kb)

North Quarry Landfill

Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspection Programme North Quarry Landfill (PDF, 139.9kb)

Completed inspections

2017 inspections

So far in 2017 we have inspected Shildon Lodge Colliery, Former Gas Works, Dipton and Lintz Colliery and Coke Works. You can find out more information about the 2017 inspections, as well as the results by viewing our   Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspections Programme 2017 (PDF, 952.8kb) .

2016 inspections

In 2016 we inspected Area P Blackhall Rocks Landfill, Blackhall Colliery Landfill, Broompark Hospital and Colliery, Dipton Collieries, Pelton Fell Colliery Landfill and Cokeworks, Shincliffe Colliery and Cokeworks and Thornley Landfill. You can find out more information about these inspections, as well as the results by viewing our  Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspections Programme 2016 (PDF, 1.7mb)

2015 inspections

In 2015 we inspected South Hetton Centre Landfill, Low Urpeth Colliery and Cokeworks, Former Village Tip, Shildon, Welfare Park Landfill, South Hetton, Brancepeth Colliery and Cokeworks, Former Gasworks, Crook, Rough Lea Colliery and Cokeworks, Tudhoe Iron works and West Stanley Colliery and Cokeworks. You can find the results of 2015 inspections by viewing our Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspections Programme 2015 (PDF, 2.3mb) .

2014 inspections

In 2014, we inspected Brandon Colliery and Coke Works; Busty Bank Gasworks; Former Quarry, Coundon; Former South Pelaw Colliery and Coke Works; Former Tip, Stanley; Gainford Gasworks; Pelton Colliery (Newfield Pit) and Coke Works; Pontop South and Pontop Colliery and Coke Works, Tow Law Gasworks and Wolsingham Gasworks. You can find the results of these inspections, as well as further information, by viewing our  Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspections Programme 2014 (PDF, 1.9mb) .

2013 inspections

Inspections were carried out at Castle Eden Gasworks; Croxdale Colliery and Coke Works; Ferryhill Gasworks; Mortham Lane Gasworks; Oley Banks Gasworks; South Tanfield Colliery and Coke Works; Tudhoe Colliery and Coke Works; Waldridge Colliery and Coke Works; Willington Colliery and Coke Work and Woodhouse Colliery and Coke Works throughout 2013. The  Icon for pdf Land Quality Inspections Programme 2013 (PDF, 857.0kb)  report provides further information about these inspections.

 

 

 

 

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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