The new guidance, issued by the Environment Agency offers advice on completing a land contamination options appraisal to establish an appropriate remediation option or options to prevent, minimise, remedy or mitigate the effects of unacceptable risks caused by contaminated soil and groundwater on site.
“We welcome the launch of the new guidance”, says Dr Richard Bewley (Senior Managing Consultant, Manchester), “It is good to see that the overall approach enshrined in CLR11 (The government’s model procedures for contaminated land) has been preserved, but written in language that non-specialists can also readily understand.
“However, it is a little disappointing that sustainability is not the key driver within the new guidance, given the recent declaration of a climate emergency and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity.
“Many of our clients recognise that it’s no longer ‘business as usual’, and seek the leadership and knowledge to understand how sustainability can be fully integrated in all aspects of design. A case in point is the sustainable buildings movement championed by Ramboll: our annual survey reflects the priority clients give to sustainability, though more than half do not understand the costs or benefits of a sustainable building. We need a fully integrated approach for bringing sustainability to bear across the full development life-cycle.”