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Land Remediation Relief: What is "land in a contaminated state"?: Ground gases

This guidance applies to expenditure incurred on or before 31 March 2009.

A number of gases that may be present in the ground pose a potential problem for buildings and their occupants. These gases may be referred to as ground gas or soil gas.

For expenditure incurred on or before 31 March 2009 there is no requirement that the ground gas is present as a result of industrial activity. Naturally occurring gases that are present as a result of natural processes and are potential causes of harm, such as radon, may qualify for Land Remediation Relief.

Expenditure on preventing build up of gases from activities carried on in the building are excluded under the polluter pays principle, see CIRD60165 

The types of expenditure that may qualify for relief include the costs of installing barriers, such as gas resistant membranes and underfloor venting.