Scottish survey shows data gaps on land contamination

The first official survey of derelict land in Scotland for almost 20 years has confirmed that local authorities have limited knowledge about the extent of land contamination.1 About 14% of the derelict and vacant land in Scotland is known or suspected to be contaminated, but the contamination status of more than half is unknown.

The survey, based on a questionnaire survey of local authorities, was carried out by the Scottish Office in 1990. It was the first in Scotland since 1973.

The results showed that Scotland had 8,297 hectares of derelict land and another 3,844 hectares of vacant urban land in 1990. The number of sites in these categories totalled 2,551 and 2,884, respectively. Sites of less than 0.1 hectares were excluded.

Although derelict land survey

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