Contaminated land is a generic term used to describe parcels of land where hazardous substances are, have been, or are likely to be present in the environment, e.g. land with a prior history of having toxic substances, chemical waste or manufacturing by-products contained in the soil structure.
Contaminated land is considered to be a legacy of our industrial past. Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a requirement on the Council to inspect the land in its district for contamination. Accordingly, Wirral has developed a strategy detailing how the inspection process will be carried out.
Local Planning Authorities have the power to require the developer to provide such further information as is needed to determine an application for Planning Permission, and may ask for reports on investigation of contamination. Planning officers will be able to use the information provided as a result of this strategy to determine whether to request further information about site contamination. Where the Local Planning Authority identifies specific measures to be undertaken, these requirements can be imposed either by conditions attached to the planning permission or by means of planning agreements under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990.
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