The Highland Council has a duty to inspect land which may be contaminated, and must ensure that land redeveloped through the Planning process is suitable for use.
As from Monday 1 April 2013, administration charges levied by the Contaminated Land Unit for Environmental Information Requests (EIRs) made under provisions of Regulation 8 of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 will increase from £52.50 to £55.00 per hour or part thereof. For further details please consult this Notice (PDF 74kb). Posted March 2013.
In March 2011, the British Standards Institution published BS10175: 2011 superseding BS10175: 2001 which is now withdrawn. Any new site investigation reports submitted through Planning and Development Control should be undertaken in accordance with BS10175: 2011. Posted August 2011.
The Highland Council investigated land at An Aird, Fort William. Please use this link for information and Newsletters relating to the An Aird Investigation. Posted November 2010.
The Highland Council has produced a Notice (PDF 21kb) on changes to Water Environment Assessment Criteria. The Notice is intended to advise Environmental Consultants on the changes to Water Environment Assessment Criteria for inclusion in reports submitted to the Council. All reports submitted to the Council after 1st January 2011 must adhere to the new criteria. Posted October 2010.
The Highland Council has produced a Notice on changes to the Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment (CLEA) Model. The Notice (PDF 22kb) is intended to advise Environmental Consultants on appropriate human health risk assessment methodology for inclusion in reports submitted to the Council. Posted September 2009.
Planning and Potentially Contaminated Land
The Highland Council is committed to sustainable communities, ensuring that the legacy of land contamination is considered when Planning Applications are submitted.
Please use this link for information and guidance documents on Planning and Potentially Contaminated Land.
Planning Application for residential development, Resaurie, Inverness - Please use this link (PDF 74kb) for summary information on The Highland Council's assessment of the redevelopment for housing on a site at Resaurie, Inverness. Posted February 2012.
Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy
The Highland Council has a duty to implement the provisions of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, through the Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2000 and 2005.
Please use this link to see information on The Highland Council’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy. The revised and updated Strategy is available here (PDF 290kb).
Contaminated Land Register
The Highland Council keeps a public register of regulatory action taken in respect of remediation of sites which have met the statutory definition of contaminated land.
Please use this link to view the Contaminated Land Register online. The Register can also be inspected in person, please see the below for contact details.
Mail: The Contaminated Land Team
Transport, Environmental and Community Services
Environmental Health and Trading Standards
The Highland Council
38 Harbour Road
INVERNESS IV1 1UF
Telephone: 01463 228703
Fax: 01463 223723
Internet Security - Please note that internet email cannot be guaranteed as secure. Therefore, it is inadvisable to provide personal information by this method.
The Highland Council can provide environmental information regarding specific sites through searching our databases and contacting local area offices. The information is provided as a letter and is usually charged at a rate of £55.00 per hour. When submitting an Environmental Information Request, please include a site location map with the site boundary clearly delineated, a grid reference or address, and a list of questions you would like answered regarding the site. Use the contacts above to submit your Environmental Information Request.
Please do not hesitate to telephone if you would like to discuss a particular site or request information. You can also visit our office, please see address above.
Please see this page of Useful Links to external organisations, legislation and statutory guidance.
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