Required for applications where there is known/suspected contamination issues with land and/or previous potentially contaminative uses.

Examples may include:

  • Developments on sites with a known past potentially contaminative historical land use
  • Conversion or redevelopment of petrol filling stations
  • Redevelopment of industrial and manufacturing sites.
  • Mineral and Waste applications
  • Applications for sites where previous or proposed alteration to the topography of the land or nearby land, for instance through infilling of the land, may result in the land being contaminated.
  • Rural building conversions to other uses.

On previously developed or other sites, surveys will need to be made to determine whether there are any issues of contamination arising from ground contamination or ground gas.

Where contamination is identified the proposed measures for remediation will need to be identified.

Investigations may require:

  • Site Investigation;
  • Desk Top Study;
  • Detailed Invasive Investigation;
  • Remediation Strategy and Validation Report.

The Council's Environmental Health staff may be able to offer guidance.

A report to determine the existence of contaminated land, its nature and the risks it may pose to the proposed development and what remedial measures are feasible to satisfactorily reduce the contamination to an acceptable level.

Applications over or in the vicinity of contaminated land must be accompanied by a Land Contamination Assessment, which should include an extended assessment of contamination in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (external link).

See Pollution Control – Contaminated Land

Applicants are encouraged to use the pre-application guidance offered by Bath & North East Somerset Council. At the pre-application stage, we can offer advice about the level of information Bath and North East Somerset Council needs in support of an application and indicate what information the Contaminated Land Officer may hold in relation to a given site.

Please contact Development Management or Environmental Protection for further advice.

Further information can also be found at:

Contaminated land


Last updated: 20 March 2018

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