DEFRA Soil Contamination Funding

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2187
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Has the Mayor assessed the potential impact of the end of DEFRA funding for soil decontamination in 2017 on brownfield development within London?

Answer

Answer for DEFRA Soil Contamination Funding

Answer for DEFRA Soil Contamination Funding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Data from the Table 2.1 of the London Plan Annual Monitoring Report shows the high levels of development on brownfield land, currently above 96%. Please see: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/amr12.pdf

As DEFRA has reduced funding for remediation this has had no discernible impact on the level of brownfield development in London. High development values in London mean that remediation can be delivered by developers as they redevelop sites. I agree with the conclusion of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee pg 35 "Contamination in high-value areas such as London will continue to be remediated through planning, while sites in other cities such as Middlesborough…will not be identified or remediated at all."

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmenvaud/180/180.pdf