Contaminated Land Surveys & Reports

What is Contaminated Land?

Contaminated land refers to areas that contain substances potentially hazardous to human health and the environment.

Land is classified as contaminated if:

  • It contains significant levels of harmful contaminants.
  • There is a risk to people or the environment.
  • Contaminants can reach the receptors in harmful quantities.

Contaminated land specialists at IKM Consulting can identify the pathways linking the contamination source to the affected subjects. This connection is known as the pollutant linkage.

Former industrial sites such as petrol stations, gas works, oil depots, and factories are likely to contain harmful chemicals that cause land contamination.

What is a Contaminated Land Risk Assessment?

A contaminated land risk assessment, also known as a contaminated land survey or contaminated ground risk assessment, is often required for planning applications. It involves a thorough analysis to determine the extent of contamination on a site.

This assessment evaluates the contamination potential, the risks posed by present contaminants, and whether actions are needed to mitigate or remediate these hazards.

Conducting contaminated land assessments before purchasing land is advisable to ensure compliance with planning conditions set by local authorities, the National House Building Council, SEPA, or the Environment Agency.

Without a contaminated land assessment, planning permission from your local contaminated land officer will not be granted.

A contaminated land assessment by IKM Consulting involves four phases, outlined below. Depending on the contamination issues detected, all phases may not be necessary.

Contaminated Land Survey

What are the four phases of a land contamination risk assessment?

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