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Requests for Environmental Information

If you are concerned that a property you are about to purchase may be at risk of contamination, it is possible to request site specific environmental information held by the Environmental Protection Department of Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council. This department will provide you with factual information regarding:

  • historical, potentially contaminative activities undertaken at, and within 250m of, the site;
  • available information regarding landfilling activities at, and within 250m, of the site;
  • details of significant nuisance issues associated with, and within the sites immediate surrounds; and,
  • will attempt to answer any further environmental questions put to the department.

However, it should be noted that the department cannot speculate about a site or interpret information that has been provided by other bodies.

A charge of £110.00  will be made based on the officer time required to research the information. In order to begin the search, we must receive a cheque made payable to Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council for the correct amount together with a map which clearly outlines the site boundary in relation to its wider surrounds. This should be forwarded to:

Regeneration and Development (Environmental Information Request)
Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council
Civic Offices
Merrial Street
Newcastle under Lyme

The Environmental Protection Department aims to respond, at the latest, within 10 working days from receipt of payment. It is recommended that the Planning Department of Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council is also consulted as they may hold further detailed information pertaining to the site.

Additional environmental information can also be obtained from the “What’s in your Backyard?” section of the Environment Agency website.

Further information regarding your rights can be found in the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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