What is it?
Contaminated land is an area that has been polluted by previous industrial activity. This land cannot be built on unless major cleaning work is carried out. This form of cleaning can be a lengthy and expensive process. A recent example is the London Olympic Park, which had to be contaminated before any construction work for the event could take place.
If you are a buyer and you suspect that the land in your prospective property could be contaminated, make sure you arrange an Environmental Search to evaluate the full extent of the problem.
Treating contamination will add further costs to your conveyancing procedure. For helpful information on contamination in your area, please visit the Environmental Protection website.