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Revised Contaminated Land Guidance England
Following an extensive review DEFRA has decided not to amend the Part 2A legislation on the Contaminated Land regime. However, they have issued new statutory guidance with some significant changes. For example, there is additional guidance in determining ‘Significant possibility of significant harm (SPOSH)’ to human health, with differentiation into 4 categories. These include an evidence requirement. The changes to the guidance taken together with the new national policy framework will result in developers reviewing brownfield land options. Local Authorities will need to review existing programmes and should anticipate new enquiries from developers.
The revised guidance is to be found on RIAMS and the contaminated land procedures are being reviewed and updated to take account of the changes.