Contaminated land strategy

We are required to identify areas which are not suitable for use and published our contaminated land strategy in May 2001:

We have examined all available historical records on the area including:

  • historical maps (dating back to 1876)
  • petroleum files
  • trade directories
  • war records
  • microfiche records
  • trade waste discharge schedules
  • and a variety of aerial photographs.

This has allowed us to pinpoint areas of former industrial use including landfills and brickfields. This data is vital to:

  • progress the identification of sites
  • provide background information for environmental searches
  • aid in assessing planning applications.

The next stage is to undertake a risk prioritisation of sites to recognise those which need further assessment. The highest priority will be given to those sites involving residential areas, allotments and schools.