Contaminated land enquiries

The UK has a legacy of land that is contaminated with materials from previous use. This can result in soil and groundwater pollution with the potential to cause harm to human health, watercourses and ecosystems. Examples of industrial processes, which may leave harmful residues, include landfill sites, tanneries, former mining areas, railway land and former gas works sites.

Land contamination enquiries often arise during the property conveyance process. The work detailed within our Contaminated Land Strategy has involved surveys and inspecting a wide range of documents, such as historical maps from the Ordnance Survey and council records on derelict land. We have obtained useful information on probable contaminative uses that have occurred across the district.  Please note that our Contaminated Land Strategy is in the process of being updated, a link to the new version will be made available once complete. For a copy of the previous version, please contact

We can supply a short search report which includes a summary of this information and a more detailed version. These are usually requested by developers or consultants with an interest in a site and its surroundings.

While all reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information, Newark and Sherwood District Council accepts no legal liability for any loss or damage arising from the supply of this information. You are strongly advised to make further enquiries. Possible other sources of information include:

The Environment Agency
East Area Office, Trentside Offices, Scarrington Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 5FA tel: 08708 506506

Nottinghamshire County Council Petroleum Officer
Trading Standards, County House, 100 Chesterfield Road South, Dale Close, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 7AQ. Tel: 01623 452005. E-mail:

Nottinghamshire Archives
Nottinghamshire Archives and Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan, Record Office, County House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG tel: 0115 958 1634 e-mail:

Contaminated Land Public Register 

Newark & Sherwood District Council has not designated any land as contaminated under the definition in Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and as such does not have any entries on the Contaminated Land Register.

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