For more recent housing developments the potential for land contamination should have been considered and dealt with as part of the planning and development control process. Conditions may have been attached to the planning approval for a particular development requiring that certain investigations and remediation be carried out. Information about the planning history of a site and whether the requirements of planning conditions have been satisfied is available from the Planning Section.
The Building Control Section carries out the council’s statutory duty of applying Building Regulations to ensure that buildings are safe, energy efficient and accessible. Information about ground-related problems such as ground movement, instability, aggressive soil conditions, and contamination and ground gases is available from the Building Control Section.