Erection of a Dwelling, Church Lane, Bugbrooke, Northampton

Case Study Reference: 14-05-01

Planning Authority: South Northamptonshire Council

Planning Reference: S/2013/1425/FUL


In order to discharge the contaminated land planning condition attached to the decision notice for the site, Demeter Environmental were commissioned to undertake the works required to discharge the condition, the first stage was to prepare a desk study report.


A desk study determines what issues relating to historical contamination may affect the site, this is undertaken by reviewing the site history using a combination of O.S. maps, aerial, plates and street level imagery, a review of data held by regulatory bodies (Environment Agency, local authority, BGS etc.) as well as a site walkover survey.


The O.S maps revealed the site was open land until between 1989 and 2002 when a building was present on the northern area. Street level imagery revealed the building was agricultural.

On completion of the desk based assessment a site walkover survey was undertaken, this confirmed the northern area was occupied by an agricultural building with a landscaped area to the south, an access track led form the site entrance to the building.

The report did not identify any potential on site sources of contamination, which was confirmed through the walkover survey and the two areas of ground workings off site were discounted as credible sources as part of the qualitative risk assessment.

As no credible sources were identified, the desk study report concluded that no further works were warranted.

The desk study report is available in the documents tab for S/2013/1425/FUL (identified as Phase I Desk Study Report’ parts 1 to 4 dated 16th May 2014)

The desk study report can be accessed here, the agent confirmed that the proposals of the report had been accepted.