The first strategy was prepared by Slough Borough Council's (SBC) Environmental Protection Services Team in 2001, in accordance with The Contaminated Land Regulations, as made under Schedule 78(A) of the Environment Act 1995. This was intended as a means to secure the remediation of the most seriously Contaminated Land, as defined in Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as amended by the Environment Act 1995:“Contaminated land is any land which appears to the local authority in whose area it is situated to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in, on or under the land, that:
It is the statutory duty of SBC to review and update its Contaminated Land Strategy at least every 5-6 years. Thus, the Senior Scientific Officer for Contaminated Land, within the Environmental Quality Team has prepared a new draft of the Strategy, which is now ready for public consultation.
The purpose of the strategy review is to bring the original 2001 document up to date, by highlighting any changes in legislation and guidance, reporting any progress made in implementing the strategy, and identifying the works that remain to be completed.
The current version of the document includes updates in legislation, as laid out in the Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance April 2012 (DEFRA) referred to as the statutory guidance, as well as the implementation of the Inspection Strategy, updated Risk Prioritisation Procedure and Developers Guide, together with other achievements since the adoption of the original document.