Contaminated land

What is contaminated land?

Contaminated land is any land which appears to the local authority whose area it is situated to be in such condition, by reason of substances in, on or under the land, that presents a significant possibility of significant harm being caused or pollution of controlled waters is being or is likely to be caused to people or other receptors.

There is now a specific legal definition of contaminated land.

Land that has been polluted or contaminated will not necessarily fall within the above legal definition of contaminated land; most will be investigated as part of a planning conditions.

What is the role of the local authority?

The council has a responsibility to prepare a strategy, inspect the land within its boundaries, identify and ensure the remediation of any contaminated land, to assign liability based on the polluter pays principle as well as maintain the public register and remediation registers in accordance with the requirements of the Contaminated Land Regulations (Part 2A Environmental Protection Act 1990).

Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy published in May 2001.

Public Register

There are three areas in Slough that have been determined as contaminated land:

Upton Court Park, Bunds (Area A) 
Upton Court Park, Areas D, E, F & G
Former Gas Works, Colnbrook C of E School, High Street, Colnbrook

Remediation Register

Remediation works have been carried out at:

Former Gas Works, Colnbrook C of E School, High Street, Colnbrook 
Upton Court Park, Upton Court Road, Slough

Land development

The developer's guide has been issued to assist developers, agents and consultants involved in the development of land that may be contaminated as a result of historical land use.

General Development Guidance Developer’s Guide Part 4 

Information request on potentially contaminated land

The council holds significant environmental records on sites within the Slough borough. The Environmental Quality Team offers a standard Environmental Search for sites, which includes a search of our databases, records and GIS system and providing a response to a maximum of five standard questions. Information is provided in a report, and is available in various formats. 

The standard charge for an Environmental Search report is £120, payable by cheque to Slough Borough Council. Fees for more detailed searches are charged by the hour on a case by case basis. For more information please email the contaminated land officer: environmentalquality@slough.gov.uk or call 01753 875810.