The contaminated land regime

Statutory contaminated land

Statutory contaminated land is land that meets the definition of contaminated land set out within Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, namely:

‘any land which appears to the local authority in whose area it is situated to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in, on or under the land, that:

  • significant harm is being caused or there is a significant possibility of such harm being caused;
  • or pollution of controlled waters is being, or is likely to be caused.’

Statutory guidance, Defra circular 01/2006: contaminated land , also clarifies this definition, identifying the types of harm and pollution that will result in land being identified as contaminated land.

It is important that all the following information / documents are read in conjunction with the document ‘Information on Hackney’s approach to dealing with contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990’. The disclaimers set out within this document apply to all the information provided in this section of the site.

Contaminated land strategy/policy

In July 2001, in response to new legislation (Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990), we published our contaminated land strategy. The strategy sets out how contamination issues will be dealt with in Hackney.

Contaminated land information and register

Details of available contaminated land information and how to access it is available from the contaminated land search guidance and on MapHackney in the environment and planning and pollution folders. Information on MapHackney includes:

  • sites of potential concern (potentially contaminated sites)
  • investigated sites
  • determinations under Part 2A
  • planning information

Other available information includes:

We’ve completed site walkovers and initial desk study work for prioritisation groups 7, 36, 48, 73, 123, 128 and 146. Contact us to get copies of these reports.

Environmental damage

The Environmental Damage Regulations 2015 require the Council to take action where damage to land and some instances of damage to water resources are occurring. Details of sites where these regulations have been used are available on MapHackney in the environment and planning and pollution folders.

More information

More information, including site investigation and remediation documentation, will be available on this page. In the meanwhile, please contact us.

Page updated on: 8 July 2019

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