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Contaminated land

Land development

Owner/developer responsibilities

If you are the owner or developer of a site it is your responsibility to investigate and address land contamination issues and ensure that any future development is safe and suitable for use.

We strongly recommend that developers appoint qualified, experienced and competent environmental consultants at the earliest opportunity who can undertake such works on your behalf and advise on all legislative obligations.   You may find consultants in the Yellow Pages, Ends Directory or by searching the internet.

Liverpool City Council's responsibilities and guidance

Our Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy sets out how we inspect our area for potentially contaminated land.  As part of this process, we ensure that any developer carries out necessary site investigations, puts forward proposals for dealing with identified contamination, and implements them in a responsible, effective manner.

To facilitate best practice and uphold professional standards, prevent delays to redevelopment and to reduce developers' potential liabilities, we have produced a number of guidance documents to help with the assessment and clean up of potentially contaminated land.

We expect any environmental consultant preparing submissions to our Local Planning Authority to be familiar with our local guidance. We do not accept responsibility for any delays or associated costs where submissions are referred for further investigation, or amendment and re-submission.

Report Screening Checklist 2013 - submission form

© Liverpool City Council copyright 2013. Checklist document to be completed and accompany relevant Local Planning Authority submissions.

Developer and Consultants Guide 2012

This guide has distinct sections for developers (summarising national/local planning policies, responsibilities, general advice) and environmental consultants (containing notes on detailed technical requirements for submissions to LCC).

Requirements for Contaminated Land Validation - 2010

The document outlines expected validation approaches/lines of evidence relating to ground remediation works (with reference to both remediation strategy and validation reports).

Remediation Validation Tracker 2013

A spreadsheet to record, track and manage remediation requirements and their verification processes.

Gas Protection Validation Proforma

Our proforma is widely recognised for documenting the installation of ground gas protection measures within buildings (with reference to both remediation strategy and validation reports). This is intended to supplement the collation of appropriate photographic evidence (as per the 'examples' document below).

Gas Protection Validation Examples

This document illustrates instances of both good and poor installation/validation practices within industry.  It also provides examples of how photographic evidence should be gathered for ground gas building protection measures and validation reports.

Information requests and charges

We hold numerous records which should be used to assess potentially contaminated land.  Such assessments may be for land redevelopment, acquisition or due diligence.

The factual information we hold can be obtained through Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), but may only be used for non-commercial, research or review purposes.

Submit an online request for information.

Under EIR we have 20 days to respond to your request, although we aim to do this within 3-5 working days.

Our charges depend on the complexity of your enquiry, availability of former records and area of land, but are typically:

  • Residential property related information - between £37.12 and £74.24.
  • Commercial or development site - between £74.24 and £148.48.

Commercial re-use of LCC environmental information

Under the ‘Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations’ we have derived licence charges for the commercial re-use of raw LCC environmental information datasets, i.e. public registers which are subject to copyright. To discuss licensing or the application process for commercial re-use, please contact us.