Contaminated land is defined legally as land where substances could cause significant harm to people or protected species, or significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater.
Estimates of UK contaminated land range from 50,000 to 300,000 hectares — across as many as 100,000 sites. Between 5000 and 20,000 “may be expected to be problem sites”, according to the Environment Agency. Summary
The majority of contaminated land in the UK is dealt with through the planning system prior to redevelopment, although the Part 2A regulatory regime enables local authorities or environmental regulators to require or carry out remediation. Redevelopment of Contaminated Land
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