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Contaminated land

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How does land get contaminated?

Land may become contaminated when substances have found their way on or into the ground - often due to industrial disposal, leaks or spillages.​ These substances may still be present in the ground above background or acceptable levels.​

Land formerly used by industries may now be used for other purposes which are more sensitive to the potential effects of contamination. Our Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy sets out how we inspect our area for potentially contaminated land.

Report an incide​nt

Complete the form to report any of the following contaminated land issues​​:

  • Records of processes, chemicals used, or pollution incidents occurring at former factories (anecdotal evidence, photographs).
  • Knowledge of materials buried on former factories or deposited in landfill sites.
Report contaminated land (opens in a new window)

If you have seen or are concerned about fly-tipping you can report general fly-tipping.

Deciding if lan​d is contaminated

When we investigate contaminated land we follow guidance set out by DEFRA using the Source, Pathway and Receptor principle. All three elements must be present for the site to be legally defined contaminated land.

  • The source is the contaminant which is likely to cause harm to people or the environment
  • A pathway is a way in which the contaminant can reach a receptor
  • The receptor is the person or environment that could be harmed.

Read the DEFRA guidance (797kb pdf)

Site investigat​​​ions


​C​ompleted site investigations​​

Environmental search re​​quests

We undertake environmental searches and provide information on environmental issues for sites within the Borough boundaries.  The fees are:

  • Minimum charge (up to the first hour) - £88.40
  • Each subsequent hour or part thereof - £35.40

To request an environmental search, please email or call 0300 3038871.

Land developm​​ent

If you are a developer or environmental consultant looking for guidance on redeveloping land which may be potentially contaminated, please see the contaminated land page in our business section.

Contaminate​​d land register

We're required to maintain a public register of sites determined as "contaminated land". The register is intended as a complete record of all the action we take to identify and reverse the environmental damage of contaminated land.

You will need to make a separate enquiry if you wish to see the documents associated with the sites listed below.

The register is held at the Environmental Health and Licensing Service.

Sites which have been determined as​ contaminated land

ReferenceLocationGrid referenceDetermination dateStatus
LF11 Former Boo Hole LandfillBetween Bury New Road and Bury Old Road, Heywood.SD x3836 y41066 April 2009Completed
CL021 Bay Street AllotmentsLand opposite Bay and Ash Street, HeywoodSD x384882 y41132622 November 2010Completed
CL021 Pleasant View AllotmentsImmediately to the rear of 31 to 51 Peel Lane, HeywoodSD x384879 y41115720 June 2012Completed