Portsmouth’s constrained coastal location and its industrial and military past has resulted in a complex development history and a legacy of pollution, with a large number of sites having been contaminated by their previous uses.

Developers must be aware of the potential for land contamination at all stages in the planning process.  Contamination can threaten public health and safety as well as the wider environment and economic activities through its impact on land users and neighbours.  Land contamination, or the possibility of it, is therefore a material planning consideration.

The Developing Contaminated Land Supplementary Planning Guidance sets out how we will expect developers to deal with sites which are, or are likely to be, contaminated through the planning system.

Please email contaminated.land@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for a copy of this guidance.