What is contaminated land?
Contaminated land is land that contains substances in, on, or under, which are, or can be, harmful to humans or natural water systems.
Many sites throughout the UK and Derby have been contaminated by human activities. Examples include foundries, chemical processing and waste disposal sites.
We are the regulatory authority for human health risks. The Environment Agency is the regulatory authority for risks to controlled waters.
How can I find out if my house has been built on contaminated land?
If your house was constructed after 2000, the planning process should have ensured that the risk of contamination was assessed and dealt with by the developer who built the houses.
Our Planning Pages have details of planning applications submitted within Derby and the information about action taken.
To view a map of our Potentially Contaminated sites, see the Derby maps app and follow these steps.
In the app:
- Click 'Choose an Option'
- Select 'Choose Map Layers' and the 'Map Features' menu will load
- From the 'Map Features' select 'Environment and planning' and then 'Potentially contaminated sites'.
These are identified in green and clicking on the site will give information about that site.
Please note, just because contamination is present on land, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem.
Will contaminated land planning conditions be placed on the land I have bought?
We will advise development control on planning applications and may recommend that a planning condition is attached if it is known, or suspected, to have had a potentially contaminative history.
The proposed use of the land is also an important factor, with residential uses being most significant.
What can I do if contaminated land conditions have been attached to my outline planning permission?
You should appoint a suitably qualified consultant to undertake the required site investigation and interpretation of results to satisfy the conditions placed on the grant of outline planning permission.
For more details refer to A guide to submitting applications for
land that may be contaminated
, Version 4 – March 2010 Produced by the Derbyshire Contaminated Land Sub-Group.
For further information visit an overview of contaminated land and technical guidance