Chaired by Peter Atchison of PA Geotechnical, the latest session focused on the EIC manifesto priorities around the viability of contaminated sites and the interpretation of the Definition of Waste Code of Practice (DoWCoP).
Updates on Government Policy:
Members of the Group were joined by Senior Officials from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, who shared valuable insights into the department's ongoing efforts concerning the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Brownfield First policy. This was an opportunity for members to share first-hand insights on and feedback on the department's proposals for Development Plans pertaining to Contaminated Planning sites. Further discussion took place regarding the definition of brownfield sites which is not fully defined within the NPPF.
Policy Discussion and Advocacy:
One of the meeting's key highlights was a robust discussion on the development of the DoWCoP (Definition of Waste Code of Practice) position paper. The group is currently developing this paper, with a view to presenting recommendations and insights to Regulators, Government Ministers, and Shadow Ministers.
Members of the Group also received an update on the ever-relevant topic of asbestos in soil, highlighting the importance of continually refining methodologies to ensure safety and compliance. This technical discussion reinforced the group's commitment to staying at the forefront of industry knowledge.
Calls to Action:
Following the meeting, here are some actions we encourage EIC members to take:
1. Engage: Share your insights and feedback on policy proposals related to contaminated sites. Your input matters.
2. Advocate: Support the publication of the DoWCoP position paper and help ensure that its recommendations reach the highest levels of government.
3. Collaborate: Get in touch to explore opportunities to collaborate with the EIC and its working groups to drive positive change.
4. Share your views: Held up formulate a response to Government on the development of National Development Management Plans. What does good look like to members and the industry?
The next meeting of the Group is due to take place on Wednesday 1 November 2023.
To get involved in the work of EIC’s Contaminated Land Working Group, please contact Michael Lunn.
Find out more about EIC’s Contaminated Land Group.