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Contaminated land

Over the years land has been used for industrial and commercial activities. Some processes used, or produced, substances that could harm health or the environment if they contaminate the site.

Legislation introduced in 2000 requires Local Authorities to inspect their area for potentially contaminated land, which is defined as where any pollution is causing, or is very likely to cause, significant harm to people or the environment. If any sites are found to be contaminated, as defined in legislation, the polluter or landowner is responsible for carrying any necessary work. The Council has powers to take legal action to require the work to be carried out if needed.

The Council maintains a register of contaminated land sites where formal action has been taken as defined in law. There are currently no contaminated sites registered. The register will be updated if any relevant action is taken.

The Council has a statement outlining its position on the inspection of contaminated land in the district.

The Contaminated Land Strategies that cover the Somerset West and Taunton Council area were produced by Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. These set out the approach to identifying land that may be contaminated.

Reviews have been produced giving details of the progress of the work that has been carried out.

Former Taunton Deane and West Somerset related polices and strategies

We provide information and advice for our planners about the likelihood of contamination on a site and reviewing information provided by developers. On any potentially contaminated site the developer is responsible for providing a site investigation and risk assessment and, if any remedial works are carried out, these must ensure the site is suitable for the proposed use

Further information about contaminated land can be found on the website.

Laws and regulation