Contaminated Land

Contaminated Land

Under the 'contaminated land' regime each local authority has to 'cause its area to be inspected from time to time for the purpose of identifying contaminated land' (Section 78B Environmental Protection Act 1990).

When 'contaminated land' is identified, the local authority must ensure that it is managed in an appropriate manner. Statutory Guidance has been issued to local authorities to take a 'strategic approach' to inspecting their areas and to describe and publish a written strategy.

The Contaminated Land Strategy for Broxtowe Borough Council was published in July 2001. The Strategy details how the Council will take a rational, ordered and efficient approach to the inspection of contaminated land.  A copy of the strategy can be accessed in the documents section.

The main responsibilities of the Council are:

  • To cause their areas to be inspected in order to identify 'contaminated land'

  • To establish who may be the 'appropriate person(s)' to bear responsibility for remediation of the land;

  • To decide, after consultation, what remediation might be required in any individual case and ensure that such remediation takes place, by serving a remediation notice where necessary

  • To record information on a public register about their regulatory actions;

  • To decide whether any such land should be designated a 'Special Site' (regulated by the Environment Agency)

  • The programme of collecting information to enable the potentially contaminated sites to be identified began July 2001.

At present no sites within the Broxtowe boundary have been determined as "contaminated land" or a "special site" according to the legislation; therefore there are currently no entries in the register.

For the definition of Contaminated Land please visit the DEFRA or Environment Agency website in related links.

Planning Applications

The Contaminated Land Regime only covers the existing use of land. Issues regarding future uses will generally fall to the planning system to resolve.

Contaminated Land Enquiries

The current fee for Contaminated Land Enquiries can be found  by clicking the related links above.

Print outs of post war maps are an additional £5 per A4 map due to copyright. Enquiries should include a site plan (preferably 1:1250 scale) and list of specific questions you wish us to answer including distances to search within. Below is a list of some of the information we keep on our GIS:

  • Historic maps from 1883 to current day

  • Landmark Historic Land Use Database ( HLUD)of potentially contaminative former site uses

  • Landfill sites

  • Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs)

  • Local Nature Reserves ( LNRs)

  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)

  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

  • British Geological Survey 1:10,000 Solid and Drift geology maps

  • Environment Agency Groundwater Vulnerability and Source Protection Zone Maps

  • Listed Buildings

  • Scheduled Ancient Monuments

Contact Details

If you require further information, please contact us using the contact details below.


According to the current Heath Protection Agency (HPA) Radon Atlas of England and Wales, Broxtowe has some radon affected areas (more than 1% of the homes are above the action level of 200 bequerels per cubic metre of air).

If you want more information about radon you can obtain the following leaflets from the Health Protection Agency, Radiation Protection Division, Chilton, Didcot, OX11 ORQ:

  • Radon: a householder's guide

  • Radon: you can test for it

For more information visit the HPA website which is available from the related links.

For information on radon levels at individual properties (based on postcode) access the link for UK radon which is available from the related links

Broxtowe Borough Council
tel: 0115 917 7777