The possibility of land being contaminated is a material planning consideration which means the Local Planning Authority has to consider the potential implications when developing plans and also considering applications for planning permission.
The Building Regulations also require measures to be taken to protect new buildings and future occupants from the effects of any contamination.
The Government published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 27 March 2012. The policies within the Framework came into immediate effect. Documents replaced by the NPPF include Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning & Pollution Control (PPS 23) that provided guidance in relation to development on land affected by contamination.
The council encourages pre-application discussions and is committed to providing pre-application advice.
Further advice with respect to the development of land in the borough is available from both Development Control and Building Control.
The Local Planning Authority has issued guidance and checklists in relation to the validation of planning applications.
Planning Help Desk
Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL.
Telephone: 01384 814136
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00pm, please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays