South Tyneside is a borough with an industrial history stretching back to Roman times.
Until relatively recently industry was poorly regulated and solely profit-driven; waste was disposed of where it was convenient with no regard to the safety of people or the environment.
This has left a legacy of land contamination that may pose a potential threat to achieving the area's transformation and the improvement of the well-being of local communities.
Contaminated Land Strategy
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This document sets out South Tyneside Council's strategy for identifying and making safe land that is so badly contaminated that it is causing, or may cause, significant harm to people, ecology or water.
The council's Contaminated Land Strategy has been prepared to meet the requirements of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
It is a key element in a range of complementary strategies and plans adopted by Transformation, the Local Strategic Partnership, the Council and their partners, the aim of which is to provide an effective framework for the comprehensive regeneration of the borough.
It is also a key element in a regulatory framework, including the land use planning, coastal management, waste management and pollution control systems, designed to protect the environment from inappropriate development and its effects.
The first edition of the Contaminated Land Strategy was published in 2001 following wide-ranging consultation.
This revision has similarly been subjected to extensive consultation with stakeholders, including the general community. Where appropriate comments have been incorporated in this final document.
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