Highway Run-Off and Water Pollution

Contaminated Land Cases and Developments

In conjunction with the publication of the Third Edition of Contaminated Land by Stephen Tromans QC, Stephen has set up this online updating facility to keep readers abreast of developments in the field of contaminated land. Entries are referenced to relevant paragraphs in the text for convenience. In this Stephen is assisted by Adam Boukraa, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers.

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If readers are aware of interesting developments not already covered here, they are invited to email Stephen or Adam.


Highway Run-Off and Water Pollution

The Environment Agency and Highways England have come under criticism in a recent article on toxic highway run-off: ENDS Report 3 March 2020. The article, based primarily on reports from… Read more »


Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy

Cornwall Council is consulting on a new contaminated land inspection strategy for 2020-2025: see ENDS Report 5 March 2020. The headline is that the Council has identified 1,920 potentially contaminated… Read more »


Planning permission and change of use: R (Smith) v Castle Point BC [2019] EWHC 2019

In R (Smith) v Castle Point BC [2019] EWHC 2019 the Planning Court considered the application of planning policy to proposals to develop land which may be contaminated, but which… Read more »


No Contamination at Scottish School Site

Further to our 11 July update, the Scottish school campus at the centre of a contamination controversy has been found to be safe: see ENDS Report 20 August 2019. The… Read more »


Contamination From Fires

A striking example of soil contamination arising from fires is the reported finding of unsafe levels of lead in a number of Paris school playgrounds, following the disastrous fire at… Read more »


Archbold Review: Environmental Crime at Ambridge

Stephen Tromans QC has recently published an article in Archbold Review on the fictitious case of Environment Agency v Brian Aldridge. ‘The strapline of “The Archers” used to be “an… Read more »

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Land Remediation and Odour

It has been reported that legal action is in prospect in respect of the Southall Waterside site, noted as problematic in terms of odours from remediation on this website previously… Read more »


Scottish school site to be tested for contamination

The Scottish government has announced that a school site in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire is to be tested for contamination: see ENDS Report 5 July 2019. The announcement follows ongoing public… Read more »


Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

With thanks to a student reader of the text for bringing it to our attention, this update concerns the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act came into… Read more »


Civil Liability and Statutory Causes of Action

An interesting example of a recent civil claim for contaminated land is provided by the decisions of the Outer and Inner House of the Court of Session in McManus v…. Read more »


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