Cornwall Land Air Water

A specialist environmental consultancy for air quality, contaminated land, legionella and water services.

Email: claw@cornwall.gov.uk

Tel: 0300 1234 212 option 4

Contaminated Land

Our team of qualified contaminated land specialists provide a range of high quality consultancy services to help you meet your requirements. Our experienced team have both local authority and private sector backgrounds and extensive technical experience in the contaminated land sector. We provide a range of services to land agents, solicitors and private individuals, helping them to manage and make decisions on potentially contaminated land.  Our services include environmental information reported, contaminated land risk assessments, conveyancing support and we are specialists in site specific risk assessments for arsenic.

Contaminated Land Environmental Reports

Understanding a site's development history can make decision making on land contamination, property transactions and environmental liability a simpler process. 

Environmental reports can help with decision making

Our land reports can provide you with a comprehensive review of Cornwall Council's data, including:

Reduce the risk of land and property transactions

Land reports can help you to minimise risk and future surprises by providing comprehensive background information and environmental searches on a site.

Please contact us to discuss how we can produce environmental information reports tailored to your individual needs.

Contaminated Land Risk Assessments

We provide contaminated land risk assessments and investigations that support planning applications for developments across the Cornwall and the South West.

Help with the planning process

Historic uses of land in Cornwall have led to increased risks to people and the environment in some areas. Because of this contaminated land risk assessments are a staple requirement of many planning permissions.

Our environmental consultancy provides landowners and developers with a range of risk assessments including Phase 1 and Phase 2 contaminated land reports, which can assist with successfully achieving planning permission.

Planners have a duty to consider the impact of contaminated land on human health during the planning process. Risk assessments undertaken by the team help to determine this link and whether there is a risk to human health.

We provide a complete range of contaminated land risk assessment and report services

Working as part of Cornwall Council's Environmental Protection Team, our environmental specialists fully understand Local Authority and Planning requirements. Our role in delivering Cornwall Council's legal requirements gives us unparalleled technical expertise modelling human health risk linkages in the region.

Risk Assessment services include:

Through undertaking tailored risk assessments and surveys our team can help determine and advise on whether a site needs special management and land remediation.

How we determine whether land is contaminated

The team reviews whether land contamination exists by examining whether a ‘significant pollutant linkage’ exists. The three components listed below must always be present to create a pollutant linkage:

Source - the contamination in, on or under the land

Pathway - route by which contamination reaches the receptor

Receptor - broadly defined as living organisms, ecological systems or property.

If there is a break in this pollutant linkage (i.e. there is a source and a receptor, but no pathway) the site cannot be defined as 'contaminated land'.

Contaminated land assessments tailored to your needs

We work with you to provide a contaminated land report that provides recommendations tailored to your objectives and budget where remediation is required. Please contact us for more details.

Contaminated Land Conveyancing Support Services

Environmental searches are commonplace in land and property purchases. Cornwall Land Air and Water can help to take the uncertainty out of buying potentially contaminated land with land quality assessments. This work is undertaken in line with the Model Procedures for the Control of Contaminated Land (CLR 11), which provides a framework of good practice for managing the risks associated with contaminated land.

Our specialised service provides clients with the assurance that comes with using expert regulators to undertake your environmental searches.

Our conveyancing services can:

We can also provide a regulatory opinion based on the review of third party contaminated land information and reports via the property transaction process.

Please contact us to discuss how we can produce environmental information reports tailored to your individual needs.

Local Authority Regulatory Support

As a local authority, we have an extensive knowledge of the responsibilities that Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 places on local authorities. In order to comply with this legislation, contaminated land inspection strategies must be developed, maintained and delivered by local authorities to ensure that the public is protected from risk of harm from contaminated land.

Specialised services for local authorities

We can offer specialist environmental consultancy services to local authorities across the UK, helping them fulfill their statutory duties under Part IIA Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Our services include:

An unparalleled understanding of local authority statutory requirements

As a fellow local authority we have intimate knowledge of the Part IIA process through our own statutory work and are fully aware of the current challenges facing regulators in an uncertain economic climate.

We deal with nearly 2000 planning applications a year and actively work with environmental consultants, developers and other agencies in order to facilitate high quality, safe development.

As we are consultees to one the largest planning authorities in the country, you can trust that we have the experience and capacity to provide contaminated land services for your local authority.

If you would like to find out more about our regulatory support services please contact us to discuss your needs.

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