Submitting a Planning Application - Other Things to Consider

Contaminated Land Requirements

In certain cases, a planning application may require a contaminated land assessment. This can range from a simple screening assessment form, a phase 1 preliminary risk assessment up to a phase 4 works verification.

A contaminated land assessment is always required if the development relates to a proposed vulnerable end use to any type of land. An Example of vulnerable end uses are:

  • All residential developments (houses, flats, nursing homes etc.)
  • Allotments
  • Schools
  • Nurseries and Crèches
  • Children’s play areas
  • Playing fields
  • Mixed use developments including vulnerable end uses

For further information about vulnerable end uses and potentially contaminated land uses please refer to our technical guidance linked below.

The following guidance should assist developers, landowners and consultants who intend to introduce a vulnerable end use to land or wish to redevelop or significantly change the use of buildings or land which could be potentially contaminated.

This guidance includes a helpful flow chart to advise what is required and specifies what information should be submitted to us.

Development on Land Affected by Contamination Guidance  YALPAG Technical Guidance Version 11.2

Verification of Cover Systems YALPAG Guidance Version 4.1

Verification Requirements for Gas Protection Systems YALPAG Guidance Version 1.1

Flood Risk Sequential Test

Sequential Test Developer Guidance Note - October 2019

This guidance note describes what the Council's approach will be when applying the Sequential Test for planning applications that are located within Flood Zones 2 and 3. It has been formulated in collaboration with the Environment Agency, and supersedes the previous guidance note that was published on the Council's website in August 2019.

The Council wants to encourage development in the right places with the lowest risk of flooding, however there must be a pragmatic approach which supports the redevelopment of brownfield sites and steers development to the main settlements as set out in the Core Strategy 2013. The guidance note above has been produced to guide developers when undertaking the sequential test and to consider mitigation measures to ensure the delivery of development.

Please consult the guidance and discuss any queries with Development Management or Planning Policy through a pre-app meeting or through the planning process with your designated Development Management Officer.

For further details please consult the Development Management at

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which we have adopted. It allows us to fund infrastructure by charging on developments. Applicants should be aware of the impact CIL may have on their application. Please visit our Community Infrastructure Levy page for further details or email

Selby District Council has adopted CIL and all applications are required to complete the following document:

Planning applications and documents can be emailed directly to our planning support team at