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Special Sites

Service status update: Land use planning, contaminated land, Electricity Act, forestry and similar consultations

What are we able to do now?

All Planning Authorities and other consulting bodies have now been contacted and ongoing liaison established to triage and prioritise casework. The backlog of casework has been largely dealt with.

Liaison with planning authorities and other consulting bodies will remain the main communication route for advice.

Guidance on how SEPA will work with planning authorities to triage the backlog is available.

Standing advice and other planning guidance is available.

Our Contaminated Land staff are continuing to liaise directly with local authority contaminated land officers on priorities and timescales and this remains the main communication route for advice.  

What should you do now?

If you need to contact one of our regional planning teams, please do so via the relevant mailbox detailed below.

NORTH PLANNING TEAM  Planning.north@sepa.org.uk

For all SEPA planning queries from the following planning authorities:  Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray Council. Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands Council, The Highland Council.

SOUTH EAST PLANNING TEAM planning.southeast@sepa.org.uk

For all SEPA planning queries from the following planning authorities:  Angus Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Dundee City Council. East Lothian Council, Edinburgh City Council, Falkirk Council, Fife Council, Midlothian Council, Perth & Kinross Council, Scottish Borders Council, Stirling Council, West Lothian Council.

SOUTH WEST PLANNING TEAM planning.southwest@sepa.org.uk

For all SEPA planning queries from the following planning authorities:  Argyll & Bute Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Inverclyde Council, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority, North Ayrshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Renfrewshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council.

Special Sites

As part of the requirements of Part IIA, we are obliged to maintain a public register containing details of special sites. Public registers of land identified as statutorily contaminated are maintained by local authorities, who should be contacted for information on contaminated land other than special sites.

A special site is contaminated land which meets one of the descriptions in the regulations: for example, land on which a process subject to Integrated Pollution Control is, or has been, operated. The Statutory Guidance: Edition 2, as produced by the Scottish Government, gives more information on the designation of special sites.

Special sites do not necessarily represent the most heavily contaminated land: special site designation is the responsibility of local authorities, who are required to seek advice from us.

Once a special site has been designated as such, we become the enforcing authority, but local authorities remain the enforcing authority for all other statutorily contaminated land.

Table of special sites

Site nameWhitelees Road , Lanark

Date of publication to register

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Grid reference

NS 90004 43551

Description

The site is approximately 2.2 hectares in size.

Comments

On 4 October 2011, SEPA received notification from South Lanarkshire Council of the designation of a special site on land the council has identified as contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. On 2 November 2011, SEPA responded to South Lanarkshire Council stating that it agrees with the designation.

More information on the location of the site, and the provisions of the regulations by virtue of which the land is designated a special site, are held on the Public Register for Part IIA held by SEPA Registry.

Site nameThe Former Oil Refinery, Old Kilpatrick

Date of publication to register

Monday 17 July 2006

Grid reference

NS 470 718

Description

The site is currently vacant/derelict but was formerly a petroleum processing site. It is 16 hectares in size and is jointly regulated by West Dunbartonshire Council and SEPA.

Comments

In November 2004, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) received notification from West Dunbartonshire Council of a designation of a special site on land the Council had previously identified as contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

SEPA was not in full agreement with the designation and in December 2004 the case was referred to the Scottish Executive for determination. On 14 July 2006, the Scottish Executive notified both West Dunbartonshire Council and SEPA that it has decided not to uphold the original special site designation for the whole site, however, part of the site has been determined to be a special site. The designation of the land as a special site therefore takes effect and SEPA is now the enforcing authority for Part IIA at part of the site.

More information on the location of the site and the provisions of the regulations by virtue of which the land is designated a special site are held on the Public Register for Part IIA held by SEPA Registry.

Site nameSite of Pelikan Hardcopy Scotland Ltd, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 4AW

Date of publication to register

Monday 24 October 2005

Grid reference

372830 850450

Description

The site is 4.4 hectares in size and is currently occupied by an operational manufacturing site at which a Part A PPC installation, also regulated by SEPA, operates.

Comments

On 21 October 2005, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) received notification that Aberdeenshire Council had decided to designate as a special site, land the Council had previously identified as contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. SEPA can confirm it has notified the Council that it agrees with the designation. The designation of the land: the site of Pelikan Hardcopy Scotland Ltd, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, as a special site therefore takes effect, and SEPA is now the enforcing authority for Part IIA at the site.

More information on the location of the site, and the provisions of the regulations by virtue of which the land is designated a special site, are held on the Public Register for Part IIA held by SEPA Registry.