DBS have a wealth of experience in preparing Phase 1 Contaminated Land Desk Studies in support of planning applications for development sites.
- Client: Various Clients
- Date: 2011 – 2018 (ongoing)
DBS have a wealth of experience in preparing Phase 1 Contaminated Land Desk Studies in support of planning applications for development sites. Contaminated land is a material planning consideration and Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) need to be presented with a Phase 1 Desk Study report for any development site that is going through a change of use.
A Desk Study is often referred to as a “preliminary risk assessment” and it is the first tier of risk assessment that is undertaken to assess potential constraints arising from a sites past use and its location, and potential risks to receptors.
In the UK, anyone site is never too far away from past historical industrial or commercial use that could present potential risks to redevelopment from contamination in the ground, leaching of contamination from one site to another, or
through the migration of ground gas.
Typical receptors to this contamination include human health (i.e. people who are going to live on a site once it is redeveloped), controlled waters (groundwater beneath the site or surface waters in proximity of the site such as streams and rivers), and property (new buildings and services etc).It is imperative that a thorough Phase 1 Desk Study report is prepared for development site’s so that potential constraints can be identified early in the redevelopment process, so that the planning application can proceed smoothly, and so that your site can be redeveloped efficiently and safely.
Getting the Phase 1 report correct at the outset helps to save developments costs in the long run by identifying potential build abnormals (and therefore reducing time on site), by providing the level of detail and assessment that the LPA require to give them confidence in your scheme, and by identifying any further work that is required to ensure that the site can be redeveloped safely.
Fundamental to a good Phase 1 report is the establishment of a Conceptual Site Model. DBS use their experience as dedicated contaminated land professionals to ensure that the Conceptual Site Model is robust and accurate when they commence work on any development site. The Conceptual Site Model commences the risk assessment process and is the first building block required to characterise a site. A robust Conceptual Site Model helps developers to minimise costs and to obtain sign off of contaminated land planning conditions imposed on your development by the LPA in the quickest possible timescales.
DBS are currently working on numerous residential development sites ranging from one plot developments, through to new residential areas that are providing housing schemes with over 600 units. We have a diverse range of clients who require specialist contaminated land planning support, ranging from private individuals who are developing a brownfield plot or even their back garden, architects working for clients on new brownfield residential schemes, commercial clients such as supermarkets, and large developer clients.
Clients we are have recently supported on residential developments include POD Architects, The Northumberland Estates, Hub Architects, Bellway Homes and Dransfield Properties. Our staff have also worked in house within LPAs to advise on contaminated land and planning, and we also support local planning authorities directly with their contaminated land statutory obligations under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.