Councils' plans disrupted by delay on land registers

More than 70% of local authorities have begun preparatory work on compiling public registers of potentially contaminated land even though the regulations obliging them to do so have been delayed, according to a recent survey.1

Compilation of the registers was due to begin in April, but in March the Government announced that the necessary regulations under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 had been postponed (ENDS Report 206, p 34 ). The main reason was fear that the registers could lead to blight and damage property values.

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