Uncertain prospect for contaminated land registers

Suspicions that the Government was getting cold feet about opening up public registers of potentially contaminated land were confirmed on 10 March when Environment Minister David Trippier announced that the regulations to establish the registers will be delayed. There must now be some doubt whether the registers will ever see the light of day.

Regulations to place a duty on local authorities to compile public registers of "contaminative" uses of land had been expected to be brought into force on 1 April, with the registers themselves being opened to the public 12 months thereafter. But early this year it became clear that Ministers had been alarmed by an intense lobbying effort by property developers, banks and related interest groups, who claimed that the initiative would cause wid

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