Contaminated land and sites of potential concern will be identified as part of a new way Burnley Council deals with the issue, particularly on land earmarked for redevelopment.
The Council last looked at the question eight years ago. Revised guidance from Defra now gives more detail on how to decide what constitutes contaminated land so a more targeted approach can be taken.
It’s important that, as a council, we have a clear and up-to-date strategy on how we identify and deal with contaminated land.Coun. John Harbour
The change is set to be approved by councillors on Tuesday.
Executive member for housing and environment Coun. John Harbour said: “Burnley has a history of coal mining, heavy industry and, of course, cotton mills, all of which potentially have left their mark on the landscape.
“It’s important that, as a council, we have a clear and up-to-date strategy on how we identify and deal with contaminated land. We should stress there’s no danger to the public and any developer wanting to build on contaminated sites has to go through a rigorous process and demonstrate the suitability of any land for redevelopment.
This often means remediation work carried out by the developer to clean up the site and ensure it’s safe.”
The updated strategy document covers the next five years.
It holds the public register of contaminated sites, identifies sites of potential concern, sets out the geology of the borough, how its industrial heritage has affected the land and includes Government guidance.
Every local authority in the country has a duty to inspect its area for contaminated land.