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Pollution control

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3. Contaminated land

As regulator, landowner and planning authority we are responsible for ensuring that:

  • the land in its area is suitable for its current use
  • land in its area is made suitable for any new use
  • that land recognised as being "contaminated" is made suitable for its current or proposed use
  • it leads by example, when managing contamination on its own land

The environmental protection team carries out our duties in respect to contaminated land. This includes implementing Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which is the statutory regime used to identify and remediate contaminated land. We also:

  • act as advisor to other council departments, including the planning department, about land contamination
  • maintain records on land quality
  • assess site investigations provided with development proposals to ensure they comply with UK policy
  • oversee remediation schemes to ensure sites are suitable for use

Contaminated land strategy

Exeter's industrial past presents a risk of land in the city being subject to land contamination. Our contaminated land strategy sets out how we will identify, investigate and remediate contaminated land.

The strategy is available to download below:


Contaminated Land Register

No sites in Exeter have been formally determined to be Contaminated Land under part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.