Historic Landfill Sites

Alternative Title

Historic Landfill
Dataset Language

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 Local Planning Authorities have to consult with the Environment Agency about all applications they receive to develop land within 250 metres of landfill sites (including any land that has been used as a landfill site within the past 30 years or is likely to be used as one in the near future).
The Historic Landfill dataset was created to help fulfil our statutory responsibility to Local Planning Authorities by supplying information on the risks posed by landfill sites for development within 250m. The data is the most comprehensive and consistent
national historic landfill dataset and defines the location of, and provides specific attributes for, known historic (closed) landfill sites,
i.e. sites where there is no PPC permit or waste management licence currently in force. This includes sites that existed before the waste licensing regime and sites that have been licensed in the past but where this licence has been revoked, ceased to exist or surrendered and a certificate of completion has been issued.
Historic Landfill includes all relevant historic information for the sites that both local authorities and the Environment Agency have collected over the years. The data is available in ESRI shape file format, with the boundaries digitised from a base scale of 1:10,000 and an associated attribute table comprising 34 fields.
The polygons and attributes describe where the sites were located, when they were used, who used them and what was deposited. This means there are name and address fields, licensee and operator information, licence issue and surrender dates, first and last input dates, and waste types, together with some historical comments.
Attribution statement: © Environment Agency copyright and/or database right 2018. All rights reserved. Contains information © Local Authorities
Topic Category

Keyword Value: Historic, Landfill, Environment Agency, Open Data
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: GEMET - INSPIRE Spatial Data Themes (GEMET)
Originating Controlled Vocabulary Citation: 2008-01-01
Temporal Extent

from -2008-06-13 to -2021-05-05
Dataset Reference Date

Date:1948-01-01 -2021-05
Date Type: revision

Initially based on the information gathered from Environment Agency region and area offices including hard copy data (scans of documents etc) and GIS layers.
Extra data from the Local Authorities was then included also including hard copy and GIS data.
Two previously undertaken projects with the same aim (of finding all Historic Landfills in England &Wales) also provided hard copy and GIS data.
These were a project done by the Water Resources Council and another by the British Geological Survey in the early 1970's.
Finally the data is updated from those sites closing and removed from the Authorised Landfill dataset (whose source is REGIS and PAS).
Hertfordshire County + 5km
Vertical Extent

Spatial Reference System

OSGB36 - National Grid of Great Britain
Spatial Resolution

Resource Locator

protocol: DSP:ESRI name: HistoricLandfill_Download description: Historic Landfill Download
protocol: WMS name: HistoricLandfill_WMS description: Historic Landfill WMS
protocol: DSP:ESRI protocol: WFS name: HistoricLandfill_WFS description: Historic Landfill WFS
protocol: DSP:ESRI protocol: WWW:LINK-1.0-http--link name: Historic_Landfill_ESRI_REST_Endpoint description: Historic Landfill - ESRI REST Endpoint
protocol: DSP:ESRI protocol: http: name: DSP_CUSTOMER_FORUM description: Defra Data Services Platform Customer Forum
Layerfile for use by HCC internal staff:
Responsible Organisation

Environment Agency
Role: Resource Provider, Custodian, Owner, Distributor, Originator, Point of Contact, Processor, Publisher, Author.
Limitations on Public Access

1. Notwithstanding the fact that the standard wording of the Environment Agency Conditional Licence indicates that it is perpetual, this Licence has a limited duration of one year at the end of which it will terminate automatically without notice.
2.1. The Information contains some data that we believe is within the definition of “personal data” under the Data Protection Act 1998 but we consider that we will not be in breach of the Act if we disclose it to you with conditions set out in this condition and the condition above.
This personal data comprises information relating to individuals, or to sites operated by an individual or partnership of individuals. 2.2 Under the Act a person who holds and uses or passes to others personal data is
responsible for any compliance with the Act and so we have no option but to warn you that this means you have responsibility to check that you are compliant with the Act in respect of this personal data.
Use Constraints

Environment Agency Conditional Licence

This data is supplied without guarantee or any warranty as to the accuracy, currency or completeness, and is provided as is, excluding any warranties of any
kind, either express or implied, to the fullest extent permitted by law,including (but not limited to) satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose.
Additional information

Resource Identifier


Commission Regulation (EU) No 1089/2010 of 23 November 2010 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
as regards interoperability of spatial data sets and services.
Re-designing HCC Data for INSPIRE not done
Equivalent scale

Bounding box
0.76, 0.22, 51.58, 52.10
Quality scope
Spatial representation type

Character encoding
Data quality
Maintenance information
maintenance and update frequency:asneeded
update scope:
maintenance note: updates available from Link
Metadata update date
Metadata Language

Metadata Point of Contact

Environment Agency
Resource Type

6 Dataset
File Identifier
Hierarchy level name
Parent identifier
Metadata standard name

Metadata standard version
Review date
Name Long Name Description

OSGB36 National Grid Bounding Coordinates

West: 486000 East: 552000 North: 245000 South: 189000
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Change History