Copeland, like most of the country, has a long history of industrial activity which has led to a legacy of contaminated land. Where land is contaminated there may be serious consequences for human health and the environment. The law (2000 Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) requires us to inspect our area for contaminated land and ensure it is cleared up appropriately.
As part of this process we have produced a Contaminated Land Strategy.
Part 2A formally defines contaminated land as “any land which appears…to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in, on or under land, that significant harm is being caused or there is a significant possibility of such harm being caused…” Further details can be found on the Defra and Environment Agency websites.
In addition to Part 2A contaminated land can be dealt with through the planning process. A guide for developers building on potentially contaminated land is available here.