Contaminated Land

How can I find out if land may be contaminated?

If you are concerned that you might live on a site that could be contaminated or are interested in purchasing a particular piece of land, you can contact the Public Protection Division to find out if they have any information. The standard fee for this Environmental Search Service is £71 plus VAT for responding to a straight forward query, which increases depending upon the amount of time incurred in collating the required information.

This service provides a full colour report based on the information obtained from the Council's own records and interrogation of our database records in relation to land on or within 250 metre radius of the site. This information includes:

  •  Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part 2A public register check.
  •  Industrial history from 4 epochs of maps and land use surveys, dating back to 1865.
  •  Details of known historical landfill sites.
  •  Details of land having any potentially contaminating historical land use.
  •  A list of publicly accessible site reports held by this Team.
  •  Details of Statutory Nuisance complaints/notices dating back to 1996.
  •  Local Authority recorded pollution incidents
  • Details of disused underground petroleum tanks

If you wish to make an enquiry you must do so in writing for the attention of the Contaminated Land Officer, preferably with a plan or sketch of the area of land in question to avoid confusion over exactly where the site is. Your enquiry must include a cheque for £71 plus VAT made payable to Pembrokeshire County Council.

Information may also be available from the Planning and Building Control Sections of the Council, the Environment Agency and commercial suppliers of environmental data. For some plots a "Land Condition Record" may be available. This is a record of factual information about a site in a standardised format and is usually kept by the landowner.

If you are buying a home and suspect land contamination, ask your solicitor to investigate. Be aware that the sampling and testing of soil and groundwater and interpretation of the results is expensive and best left to professional consultants.

ID: 2477, revised 21/09/2017