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Contaminated Land

Contaminated Land refers to land that is unsuitable for its current use due to pollution of the soil or ground water. 

Thanet District Council’s approach to contaminated land is set out in the Contaminated Land Strategy. This strategy forms the basis for the Council’s activities in relation to contaminated land.  

Land that may be contaminated has been assessed to identify whether there is a risk of harm to human health or the wider environment. Where land is potentially contaminated, Thanet District Council is responsible for agreeing the most appropriate action and making sure it is taken.  

Where appropriate sites are determined, Thanet District Council has a duty to publish a Contaminated Land Register in accordance with Section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  Thanet District Council currently has no entries on the Contaminated Land Register.


The UK Government has set a target that 60% of all new residential properties should be constructed on brownfield land. Thanet District Council actively scrutinises and monitors all such development applications to ensure that the sites are developed appropriately and are suitable for their proposed use.