2.9 Private water supplies, 2.10 Known Information on Contamination, 2.11 Current and Past Industrial History, 2.12 Redevelopment History and Controls, 2.13 Actions Already Taken to Deal with Land Contamination

Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy
2.9  Private Water Supplies

There are a total of 104 licensed water abstractions (private water supplies) throughout the District. The abstractions vary from springs and wells to boreholes. Details of the supply type, e.g. residential, agricultural, etc., are held on the Uniform database within Environmental and Consumer Services.

2.10 Known Information on Contamination

Currently held information and complaints relating to possible contaminated land sites can be found on the Environmental and Consumer Services Uniform System as well as in the Wansdyke and Bath Local Plans. Information is also held in property files in Environmental Protection, and in Kelly’s Trade Directories.

Within Planning Services, a certain amount of information on former contaminated sites is available, particularly where former industrial sites have been redeveloped for alternative uses. The information is available from files held within Planning Services. Historical information relating to the same may be found within historic mapping held by the Council.

2.11 Current and Past Industrial History

The knowledge and practical experience of Council officers in relation to the previous uses and histories of sites in the District will be invaluable in identifying potentially contaminated land, in addition to anecdotal information on sites. The Strategy may therefore also involve the collection and interpretation of these types of evidence.

2.12 Redevelopment History and Controls

Planning Services holds data relating to redevelopment history and controls, for example, previous site investigations carried out and the remediation techniques used at that time. Details of this information will be gathered during the inspection process.

2.13 Action Already Taken to Deal with Land Contamination

The Derelict Land Survey carried out in 1993 by the Department of the Environment identified approximately 1 per cent of land in the Wansdyke District as derelict and justifying reclamation [7].

Where development of sites where contamination is known to have been present or was suspected as being present has been proposed in the past, the Council, as the Local Planning Authority, would have recommended remedial actions to be undertaken prior to completion of the development.

Some remediation of ‘historic’ contamination has already taken place as a result of the redevelopment of brownfield sites in the District. In these cases, the remedial action has been stipulated by placing contamination-related conditions on planning permissions.

In cases where no immediate redevelopment was due to take place, or the site was in use at the time, the Council worked with the interested parties and any the other regulatory authorities to take any action considered appropriate at the time, utilising the technical guidance, best practice and knowledge available.

The locations of former landfill sites have been recorded by the Environment Agency and the Waste and Minerals Officer in Planning Services; both sets of data are held on the Council’s GIS.

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