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The NSW Government is proposing planning policy improvements that will provide
greater clarity, guidance and consistency for the remediation of contaminated land.


The Department of Planning and Environment’s Deputy Secretary for Policy,
Strategy & Governance, Alison Frame, said the Department is reviewing the State
Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for the remediation of land and the
Contaminated Land Planning Guidelines as part of our wider policy review program.


“For almost 20 years, the existing remediation state policy and associated planning

guidelines have provided the planning framework for the management of
contaminated land in NSW,” Ms Frame said.


“It’s worked well in the past. But as technology improves and community
expectations evolve, we need to make sure we have the latest requirements for the
remediation of contaminated lands.”


The Department is exhibiting an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a new
Remediation of Land SEPP, as well as draft Planning Guidelines and is seeking
comment from the community.


It is proposed the new Remediation of Land SEPP will:

  • provide an updated and clearer State–wide planning framework for the
    remediation of land;
  • require consent authorities to consider the potential for land to be
    contaminated when determining development applications;
  • clearly list the remediation works that require development consent; and
  • introduce certification and operational requirements for remediation works that
    can be undertaken without development consent.

The EIE and the draft Planning Guidelines, as well as information on how to provide feedback, is available at Land Remediation.

Submissions are invited by 31 March 2018.

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