Use of previously developed or "brownfield" land has increased in order to preserve the countryside and promote sustainable living.
Brownfield land can, in some cases, have had historical uses that may have caused pollutants to enter the surrounding soil or groundwater or have caused toxic or potentially explosive gases to be produced.
It is important that any pollutants present on brownfield land are identified and made safe prior to any new development.
It is equally important that development that may have already taken place on potentially contaminated brownfield sites is identified, assessed and if needed remediated or made safe.
Waverley is required to identify and inspect all potentially contaminated areas within the Borough. We have produced a strategy detailing our approach to this task. The contaminated land strategy also includes local contaminated land planning guidance.
Any potential contaminated land issues may affect Waverley residents buying or selling a property and developers wishing to complete a new development in Waverley.
For more information:
- DEFRA provide excellent technical details of the contaminated land legislation.
- The Environment Agency contaminated land pages detail their role in enforcing the contaminated land legislation.