ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Scotland has launched a comprehensive guide to best practice for housebuilders, local authority staff and communities involved in land development.
The Land Contamination & Development Guide aims to ensure professionals and community leaders involved in land development follow current best practice and regulations.
We hope the online document will avoid public health problems, the environmental damage caused by rules and safeguards relating to contaminated land not being followed correctly.
It contains clear information for developers, land contamination officers and private consultants to conduct site investigations, risk assessments and remediation programmes in line with present practice codes.
Scotland has around 11,600 hectares of derelict and vacant land across 3,700 sites, according to the Vacant and Derelict Land Task Force.
The guide aims to help local authority staff, housebuilders, consultants and communities who are seeking to unlock sites to ensure potential contamination risk are addressed. The document will also provide additional reassurance for residents of new build properties and help people seeking to put land back into use for activities such as community growing.
Roslyn McIntosh, a contaminated land officer at Inverclyde Council who is Chair of the EPS Land Quality expert advisory group together with colleagues on the group, drew up the guide in consultation with local authorities and other agencies, including SEPA. She said: “It puts the latest regulatory information and best practice at the fingertips of the people directly involved in the development of sites. It links all of the codes of practice in Scotland that are used by regulators and contaminated land officers in one document and we hope it will become an invaluable document for them.” It can be found on our website here.