Newham

Contaminated land

Newham has an industrial history which may have left land contaminated (polluted). If you own or want to develop land in the borough, you must check whether that land is contaminated to make sure it is safe for use. ​
Chemical spillage on a patch of ground

Contaminated land: our responsibilities

Our Contaminated land strategy (PDF) sets out our responsibilities.
 
In brief, we:
  • investigate areas of land which might be contaminated 
  • arrange for the clean up of seriously contaminated land
  • make sure that old industrial land (brownfield sites) are safely brought back into use
  • keep a register of contamination in Newham
  • give information and advice to the public on land contamination
  • provide reports on land contamination to developers and others.
 
 

Developing contaminated sites

If you want to develop land, and you apply for planning permission, you may need to prepare a report on the possibility of contamination on that land.
 
 
Our register of contamination and database of environmental reports are available for you to use.
 

Contaminated land: information we hold

Register of contamination

You can use the register of contamination for free. Contact us to search the register.
 

Environmental and geographical reports

We hold a database of environmental and geographical reports, which you can use in support of a planning application. If you wish to develop or buy land we can supply a standard report which includes information on the subjects below. We charge for this service.
 
The database includes:
  • prioritisation of potentially contaminated sites
  • ground investigations by experts in a study area
  • land legally declared as contaminated
  • premises regulated by the council under environmental law
  • previous land use (based on 6-inch Ordinance Survey maps)
  • historical maps of land use (based on Ordinance Survey maps)
  • landfill data and gas susceptibility
  • aquifer vulnerability
  • hydro-geology
  • boreholes and wells
  • water source protection zones
  • conservation sites and sites of special scientific interest
  • risks from unexploded WW2 bombs and ammunition
  • areas which may be affected by noise and vibration from underground railways
  • areas which fall within the council’s air-quality management area due to high levels of air pollution
  • radon status.
 

Fees for environmental reports

For a report on:
  • a specific site, the fee is £160 (excluding VAT)
  • a specific site, including a ‘buffer zone’ of 250 metres around the site, the fee is £210 (excluding VAT)
  • a large site, there is a special fee; contact us for details.
To order a report or for more information, contact the Pollution Control Team on 020 8430 2000 or email pollution.inquiry@newham.gov.uk.
 
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