Contaminated Land Capital Grants Programme Support Withdrawn by DEFRA

DEFRA have announced that the Contaminated Land Capital Grants Programme is closing.

This programme helps the Environment Agency and local authorities in England cover the capital costs of investigating and cleaning up contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Defra funds the work and previously managed the programme with technical input from the EA.

On 09 December 2013, Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary at Defra, announced the programme is closing at the end of the 2013/14 financial year. For a 3-year period from 1 April 2014 Defra  anticipate that up to £0.5m could still be made accessible annually (subject to capital funding being available within Defra) for absolute emergency cases and to meet the requirements of on-going remediation projects where these are considered to be the highest priority. Funding will stop entirely from 1 April 2017.

Defra have written to all local authorities in England explaining this decision.

This is a dissapointing development arising through more budgetary cuts from central government and leaves Local Authorities in a difficult position when assessing and prioritising health risks from potentially contaminated land within their Borough.  The outcome of this will almost certainly ensure that contaminated sites will now only be taken forward for assessment and remediation through the planning system where land is being re-used and has value, and the mechanism for remediation will be through the National Planning Policy Framework, rather then Part 2A.

A sign of the times but  nevertheless still disappointing.


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