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Inspection Strategy For Contaminated Land

Inspection Strategy for Contaminated Land – Reviewed July 2006

Regeneration Directorate Public Health & Environmental Protection Division

CONTAMINATED LAND INSPECTION STRATEGY

First Published June 2001 Revised July 2006 Next Revision July 2007

Inspection Strategy for Contaminated Land – Reviewed July 2006

CONTENTS

Page No. 1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 General Policy of the Local Authority. Regulatory Context. Development of the Strategy. Objectives of the Strategy 1 5 8 9

2.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CITY
2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Geographic location, history and description, population distribution. Current land use characteristics. Key property types. Hydrogeologial/key water resource/protection issues, broad geological characteristics. Current knowledge of land contamination. Ground investigations on privately owned land. Specific local features. Redevelopment history and controls. Industrial history of the City. 10 11 13 15 21 21 23 23 26

3.

AIMS OF THE STRATEGY
3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The City Council’s priorities. Current Investigations and Remedial Actions. Identification and prioritisation of ‘unknown’ sites. Liaison and information exchange. 27 28 33 35

4.

PRIORITY ACTIONS AND TIME SCALES
4.1 4.2 Site Prioritisation Complaints 36 36

5.

PROCEDURES
5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Internal management arrangements for inspection and identification. Consideration of City Council owned land. Information collection. Information and complaints. Information evaluation. 37 37 37 38 40

6.

LIAISON AND COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
6.1 6.2 6.3 Statutory Consultees. Communication with owners, occupiers and other interested parties. Communication following site specific investigations. 41 41 42

Inspection Strategy for Contaminated Land – Reviewed July 2006

7.

PROGRAMME FOR INSPECTION
7.1 Arrangements for carrying out detailed inspections. 42

8.

REVIEW MECHANISMS
8.1 8.2 Triggers for undertaking further investigations at sites. Review of the Strategy Document. 46 46

9.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 General principles. The Public Register. Administration. Use of information by other City Council Divisions/Directorates. Confidentiality of Information. Dealing with requests for information. Provision of information to the Environment Agency. 47 47 47 47 48 48 48 49 49 49 49

REFERENCES LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE STATUTORY CONSULTEES OTHER NON-STATUTORY CONSULTEES

Inspection Strategy for Contaminated Land – Reviewed July 2006

1.
1.1

INTRODUCTION
Newcastle City Council is required to inspect its district for contamination under the provisions contained in Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This document sets out how the Authority will take a “strategic” approach to the inspection of its area and reviews the previous inspection strategy published in June 2001.

The City Council’s corporate policy towards land contamination is contained in a number of policy documents; these can be summarised as follows:• The City Council’s ‘Visions and Values’ sets the priorities for the organisation. The main is to create a vibrant, inclusive, safe sustainable and modern European city. This will be achieved by building on the heritage, cultural and economic strengths of Newcastle and a sense of identity and civic pride. Improve the quality of life for the people in our communities and play a leading role in the sustainable growth and prosperity of the region. The objectives of this policy relevant to the input of land contamination involve the following specific deliverables: Build and support safe and clean neighbourhoods and communities while managing the environment effectively and sustainably. Create and attractive city for people today and tomorrow, with a welcoming natural and built environment and an accessible transport system Work to improve all housing, health and well-being across...
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