Contaminated land and the planning process

Are you planning on developing on brownfield land? Know the planning process.

Who does this affect?

Anyone planning to develop on brownfield land.

What is brownfield land?

Brownfield land is an area that has previously been used for commercial or industrial purposes and therefore may be contaminated.

What do I need to do?

If you are planning to develop on brownfield land, Buckinghamshire Council will place a series of conditions on your application.

Buckinghamshire Council needs to be satisfied that you have:

  • adequately assessed the risk posed by any contaminants present
  • taken suitable remedial measures


We have produced guidance on how to meet the standard contaminated land conditions.

More information on land quality can be found on the Environmental Protection UK website.