Contaminated land

Land and Property Purchases

Anyone buying property or vacant land should, usually via their solicitor, be aware of potential contamination sources on or near the land in question as it can influence perceived value, development potential, safety of the site and whether a lender will accept the asset as collateral.

When involved in the buying or selling of a house, standard land searches and past history checks are usually undertaken, however this may not always be sufficient. Central Bedfordshire Council provides a chargeable service to check its records and share any further information in order to add more detail to such checks.


Guidance for developers can be found in the documents below:

Contaminated Land Strategy 2010-2015 (PDF 208.4KB)
Herts and Beds Contaminated land planning guidance (PDF 208.4KB)