Contaminated Land


  • Planning Development Control,
    Epping Forest District Council,
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    High Street
  • Epping
  • Essex
  • CM16 4BZ


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Contaminated Land for Building Control

Guidance for dealing with land contamination issues under the Building Act is contained in Approved Document C (2004) and its reference publications.

This guidance covers contamination that could present risks to humans, buildings and services from manmade contaminants from industry, agriculture, waste disposal etc. from natural contaminants such as ground gases from peat beds present along river valleys and from micro-organisms from sewage, graveyards, the keeping and processing of animals etc.

All potentially contaminated soils within the curtilage of a site are now included under the Building Control regime, in addition to soils below the footprint of the building. Contamination risks from offsite sources which could affect the building site, such as gassing landfills, are also included under the regime.  Most potentially contaminated sites undergoing significant redevelopment or change of use will already have land contamination conditions attached to their planning consent.  For more details, see Planning (Development Control).

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 Contaminated Land Development Conditions


Under its Part IIA Environmental Protection Act 1990 duties, this authority has identified Potentially Contaminated Sites within the District and has prioritised these sites for further inspection. Details of how the Part IIA requirements are being implemented in this district are contained in the Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy and further information can be obtained from the Environment and Street Scene Directorate.


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Most of these Potentially Contaminated Sites will be investigated and where necessary remediated under the Planning Regime as they come up for redevelopment, through the imposition of land contamination conditions to relevant planning approvals.

The links listed below (A-G) provide information on how land contamination is dealt with under the Planning Regime.

For building control requirements please see Contaminated Land for Building Control.

For further information or advice on developing potentially contaminated land within the District, contact the Contaminated Land Officer -  {dgcontactinfo 04}telephone: [telephone] Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 15:30pm, or email: [email_to]{/dgcontactinfo}

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