Last edited 28 Dec 2020

Surplus excavated material

Excavated material becomes surplus if:

  • Its irrecoverable physical, chemical or biochemical quality prevents it from being used in a development;
  • There is more material than required for the development; or
  • The requirement for a type of material is too far away from the excavation point to make its use practicable.

Sustainable placement is the on-site placement for disposal of surplus excavated material to avoid causing environmental effects (e.g. transport) that would otherwise be associated with the off-site disposal of that material. ‘On-site’ in this context means within the land required for the purposes of the development and ‘off-site’ means external land
(or landfill site) which is not specifically required for the purposes of the development.

A sustainable placement area is an area used for sustainable placement.

Ref The HS2 London-West Midlands Environmental Statement, Glossary of terms and list of abbreviations, DETR 2013.

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