Environment Agency joins forces with housebuilders and environmental health institute to produce guide promoting good practice among developers

New guidance on the safe development of housing on contaminated land has been published by the NHBC, the Environment Agency and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

The guide, which replaces the existing R&D 66 (2000), promotes good practice and is aimed at developers, regulators and consultants. While focusing on housing development, it is also of use when any UK development is proposed on brownfield or greenfield land affected by contamination.

Sheena Engineer, land contamination policy manager at the Environment Agency, said: “All the partners hope this guidance will encourage better risk assessment and management, which will give regulators better information on which to base decisions.

“Used with the model procedures it will encourage appropriate development of land affected by contamination that will benefit everyone involved and improve the environment.”