Developing contaminated land – new guidance

Revised regulations and guidance over the development of contaminated land have been laid before Parliament by DEFRA. It has been brought about by the fact that the existing system is unclear, unwieldly and bureaucratic.
The new rules are subject to Parliamentary approval and won’t come into force until 6 April.
The new statutory guidance should be more usable for those that deal with land contamination and remediation.
A new four-category test has been developed to clarify when land does and does not need to be remediated.
It is hoped that local authorities will be able to deal with low risk sites more quickly.

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