Developing a potentially contaminated site?
Wanting to develop your site but it is considered potentially contaminated? What does this mean and what do you need to do? National regulations introduced in 2012 requires all land that has been subject to an industry or activity which has the potential to cause contamination to be investigated by a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner (SQEP) before it is developed. There are human health, environmental and financial risks involved with cutting corners or engaging someone that doesn’t know what they are doing.
If you are looking at developing a potentially contaminated site ensure you do the following;
- Talk to a SQEP – By talking to a SQEP about the site and proposed development they will be able to advise you of what level of investigation will be required and what the process will be.
- Site Investigation – Undertaken by the SQEP, the investigation will review the site’s history and information related to land use on the site. Depending on the level of investigation, sampling may be undertaken during the site walkover. It is crucial not to cut corners here, the risk of doing it wrong can lead to incorrect sampling and having to pay twice for re-sampling to be carried out.
- Reporting – The results of the investigation will be documented into a report together with an evaluation of the site’s suitability for the proposed development. If contamination is found, there could be remediation required and consent requirements.
Download the guide to learn more about how you can save time and money by talking to a SQEP with regards to developing a potentially contaminated site.
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