Land quality


All planning applications (including prior approval and permitted development applications) have to be considered for potential contamination issues to ensure compliance the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  On any site where there is a potential for contamination to influence the site the Planning Officer will consult the Land Quality Department. The Guide for Developers provides information to help applicants meet planning requirements.

Services we offer

Records Search You can request an electronic search of our land quality records at a particular site.

The search identifies industrial history from the late 1800s to 1970s, details from our landfill public register, details from our contaminated land public register and a list of available reports held by the land quality team. In addition, the search provides information on the Part 2A status of the site and its priority for investigation under Part 2A.


  • £169 for an electronic only report
  • £174 for a printed report

Copies of available reports (i.e letters, previous site investigation data, remediation plans) Where available, you can request a copy of a report(s) held by the land quality team.


  • £27 for up to 10 pages
  •  £1 per additional 10 pages

Request land quality information 

Please note: If you wish to obtain a receipt for this request, please press the Receipt Button within the online form to download your receipt after your payment has been processed and a confirmation of payment page will open. Unfortunately you will NOT be able to download the receipt once you leave the payment confirmation page.

Our responsibilities

The council has a legal responsibility to identify sites within the borough where contamination poses an unacceptable risk. We must take the necessary actions to ensure that these sites are cleaned up to a standard suitable for their intended use. Our contaminated land strategy details how this work it being carried out. To date, no sites within the borough have been formally determined as contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act.

Contact us

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or you have any comments to make regarding these pages, then please contact us.

Email the land quality team 

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