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Contaminated land

The UK has a long history of industrial development. It has left a legacy of potentially contaminated land that may pose risks to public health and the environment.

We are in the process of devising a new West Northamptonshire Contaminated Land Strategy and anticipate this will be published in 2024.

At the current time the strategies for each sovereign area remain valid and are available below.

Please note these strategies will be superseded once West Northamptonshire’s Contaminated Land Strategy is published.


It is the responsibility of the developer to assess the potential risks to human health and the environment and ensure contamination is dealt with appropriately. Where a site is affected by contamination responsibility for securing a safe development rests with the developer and landowner.

Further guidance you may find useful:

Environmental searches

When buying or selling a property, solicitors may ask whether the land is contaminated. Environmental searches may raise questions about the former use of the site. We can provide a summary report of historic land-use based on records held by us. This is a chargeable service, see our fees and charges.

Email us at [email protected] for more information.

Last updated 14 December 2023