Contaminated Land

Like many other urban areas in the UK, Gloucester has had a long and proud industrial history. This industrial past, along with more recent activities, can sometimes cause contamination of the ground, which, if not properly dealt with, can pose a risk to public health and the environment.

The type of contamination varies from site to site, and is not always visible, and may include fuels and oils, solvents, heavy metals, asbestos, buried wastes or hazardous ground gases and vapours.


Response to land contamination

The Council tackles land contamination in three ways:

  • Through the Planning Process: Planning applications are checked to see if they are situated on land known or suspected to have a potentially contaminative former use. Where necessary conditions are applied requiring the developer to carry out an investigation of the site, and carry out remediation (clean-up) if contamination is found. Remediation must be to a standard that makes the land suitable for the proposed development.
  • Through the Inspection Strategy: Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act places a duty on all local authorities to inspect their area to identify contaminated land and ensure it is properly cleaned-up. The Council has produced an Inspection Strategy setting-out how it intends to carry out its duties under this legislation.
  • Through Prevention: The Council has a duty to regulate several industries and activities which could give rise to further land contamination. We work closely with our various regulatory partners, including the Environment Agency, to prevent new contamination being caused, or to require clean-up by the responsible polluter.

Land contamination information

A range of information relating to land contamination is available from the Council, and other source:

Public Register of Contaminated Land

View the Public Register of Contaminated Land​ (PDF, 188 KB)

Additional information about land contamination in the UK is available from a number of websites, including:

The Environment Agency

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs