The planning process is one of the principal driving forces by which contaminated sites in the UK are assessed and remediated
The National Planning Policy Framework identifies contamination as a material planning consideration for developments in England, meaning that that a planning authority must consider the presence or likely presence of contamination when they consider applications for planning permission, as well as the suitability of a proposed development at any site.
Under normal circumstances a Local Authority is therefore as a minimum likely to require a Phase I Desk Study to be submitted as part of any planning application, supplemented with a Phase II Site Investigation where the potential for contamination on site is identified.
Flood Risk is also a determining factor when considering planning applications, as set out in the NPPF.
In some cases, a development may also require an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Statement to be produced prior to planning approval, in order to assess the environmental effects of development on a site or region.
Pam Brown Associates can help guide potential developers and stakeholders through all of these processes, and provide effective liaison with local and national regulators.