Contaminated land

Carr Wood, Aspatria - reed bedIn addition to agriculture, Allerdale was once a thriving area for coal and iron ore mining. These activities were the main source of employment, enabling the development and expansion of the largest towns in the district. Mining and quarrying within Allerdale have also influenced the current landscape, with colliery spoil tips and ironwork slagheaps widespread along the borough's coastal strip.

Industrial, mining and waste disposal practices, particularly since the eighteenth century, have left a legacy of land contamination. However, until now there has been no accurate record of the number of contaminated sites in the UK.

When the Environment Act 1995 came into force it introduced Part IIA into the Environmental Protection Act 1990, specifically to deal with contaminated land. The aim of the new legislation is to protect human health, controlled waters, ecological systems, buildings and other property. Part IIA is a joint initiative, enforced by Local Authorities (who are the lead regulator) and the Environment Agency.

As a statutory requirement under Part IIA, Allerdale Borough Council has recently revised its contaminated land inspection strategy. This document sets out how the Council intends to inspect the whole of the district in order to identify, investigate, designate and remediate contaminated land to a standard that is 'Suitable for Use'. Under the new regime it is also the Councils responsibility to identify the individual and/or individuals liable for any remediation costs, ensuring where possible that the 'Polluter Pays'.

You can also download our Contaminated Land Strategy below.

Contaminated land public register

The contaminated land public register can be found in the documents section below.

Downloadable Documents

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Adobe PDF format - download the viewerContaminated Land Inspection Strategy in PDF format355 Kb51 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerAn Essential Guide for Developers 2013 in PDF format753 Kb1 min 48 secs @ 56k, 3 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerRemediation Statement Gillbank in PDF format873 Kb2 mins 5 secs @ 56k, 4 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerContaminated land public register in PDF format21 Kb3 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb

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