The Contaminated Land Captial Programme is closing.
This programme helps the Environment Agency and local authorities in England cover the capital costs of investigating and cleaning up contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Defra funds the work and previously managed the programme with our technical input. We took over the management of the programme in June 2010.
On 09 December 2013, Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary at Defra, announced the programme is closing at the end of the 2013/14 financial year. For a 3-year period from 1 April 2014 Defra anticipate that up to £0.5m could still be made accessible annually (subject to capital funding being available within Defra) for absolute emergency cases and to meet the requirements of on-going remediation projects where these are considered to be the highest priority. Funding will stop entirely from 1 April 2017.
Defra have written to all local authorities in England explaining this decision. As previously, grant funding for 2014/15 is confirmed by the Defra finance team early in the New Year and we will continue to work with Defra to work out how any available funding can be accessed and provided.
If you have any questions regarding the closure of the programme please email Defra at email@example.com
What happened in 2013
The outcomes report explains how the funds for 2012-13 were spent to inspect and clean up contaminated land in England. It contains a full breakdown and case studies on selected Environment Agency and local authority projects. The factsheet provides a summary of this information.
What's happening in 2013/14
The budget for 2013/14 is £2m. Following assessment and prioritisation we’re funding 43 projects – 38 local authority sites and five Environment Agency sites. The Contaminated land programme - approved projects for 2013-14 factsheet provides a summary of this, listing the former use or source of contamination for all the successful projects.
All approved projects in this year's programme should carry on as normal. If you have any queries regarding existing projects and your 2013-14 grant award you should contact us using the Contaminated land grants email address.
The guidance note includes further details on this year’s arrangements. It also covers the eligibility and prioritisation criteria:
The prioritisation tool is a pdf version of the spreadsheet that our technical assessors use to prioritise bids:
We administer a number of local authority grant programmes. How we do this and comply with the relevant legislation for each scheme is explained in the grant memorandum, available on our local authority and internal drainage board funding page:
We have also produced some top tips based on experiences of local authorities:
You can find all the forms you will need to manage existing, funded projects here.
Please email completed forms to the contaminated land grants team.
National remediation contractors framework and national contaminated land consultancy framework
To assist with schemes funded under this and any other programme, you can use the services of Environment Agency supplier frameworks. We’ve developed a National Contaminated Land Consultancy Framework (NCCF) and a National Remediation Contractors Framework (NRCF). Both are freely available to all public sector bodies.
The NCCF contains six suppliers with the primary focus of delivering the full range of land quality services typically required by a public body for example EIA, SEA, desk study, investigation design and implementation, risk assessment, remediation options appraisal, design, overseeing and validation. The NRCF contains six specialist land remediation suppliers who are skilled and highly experienced in the actual implementation of remediation schemes. The two frameworks are designed to compliment each other.
For more information about the frameworks please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org