Contaminated land

Where land is severely polluted and affecting a statutory receptor, we are the primary regulator and need to assess that land to establish whether further action is needed. We provide the following services:  

  • carry out inspections of sites;
  • determine the extent of contamination;
  • designate whether the site is deemed a 'special site' (the Environment Agency are responsible for enforcing this); and
  • act as the Enforcing Authority for contaminated land not designated as a special site. 

Public register of contaminated land

We hold a register of sites that have been formally determined as contaminated land. To arrange to view the register, please:

Treatment of contaminated land  

When land has been confirmed as contaminated the enforcing authority must: 

  • confirm who should be responsible for treatment or remediation;
  • decide after consultation what treatment work should be done and check that this is carried out;
  • decide who is to pay for the treatment and
  • maintain a public register of all regulatory action in relation to contaminated land. 

Land is only considered contaminated if it affects:

  • Human beings
  • Certain ecosystems
  • Certain property, or 
  • Controlled water 

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB