Councils should give away toxic sites: minister

The end of DEFRA remediation grant funding means councils might have to consider giving away contaminated land for free

Contaminated council land should be given away so that developers can clean it up, according to junior DEFRA minister George Eustice.

His department is axing a grant scheme that has helped councils investigate and remediate sites under the Part 2A contaminated land regime since it entered force in 2000.

Eustice said: “Local authorities across the country hold toxic assets that are something of a liability… Deals can often be reached in which the local authority effectively gives the land to a developer in return for the developer putting right the contamination.”

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