Our Land Quality Committee coordinates our land quality work and brings together local authorities, consultants, academics, industry, regulators and government officials. Members are volunteers and either represent one of our ten regions or are co-opted based on their experience and expertise. The Committee, which meets at least twice per year, acts as a forum for members to exchange information, debate issues and steer Environmental Protection UK’s policy.
Our aim, to promote integrated policies and practices that encourage the use and reuse of land in a way that protects human health and the environment, is delivered through our Land Quality Committee.
The LQC sets up working groups from time to time as required to focus in detail on a particular area of policy. Members with particular expertise may lead these groups.
The Committee is chaired by Robin Lancefield, of Jacobs. The vice chairs are Louise Siddorn of Natural Resources Wales, and Christopher Fry, Independent Consultant.
Many industrial processes have had a damaging effect on land quality in the UK, and still account for the majority of existing contaminated sites. Chemical and oil spills, and decomposing waste in landfill sites can also be responsible for contamination of soil, groundwater, and nearby vegetation. These factors present a significant risk to human health and the environment, and with increasing pressure to redevelop brownfield land to meet the UK’s housing demands, land quality continues to rise up the environmental agenda.
In addition, land quality is an integral aspect of many projects, and sustainable re-use of soil, including contaminated soil, is a key factor and cost for many schemes. Our land quality work includes soils waste management; re-use, treatment and, as a last resort, disposal options.
Our land quality work is aimed at promoting integrated policies and practices that encourage the use and reuse of land in a way that protects human health and the environment.