Bringing Brownfield Sites Back To Use – Olympic Parks

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The Olympic Games bringing out the best of not only athletes but also developers. This is the second instalment in a series of blog posts which will present examples of the implementation of different remediation technologies for the clean-up and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Recent Groundsure blogs on remediation of contaminated land have looked at

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The Ground Moves Beneath Our Feet

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For any homeowner, there is no worse nightmare than their new property collapsing, having been unaware of subsidence potential or underground ground cavities in the area. If you’re looking to purchase a house, it’s vital to understand the impact ground movement can have and the best ways to avoid common pitfalls. Natural ground subsidence is

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Thorp vs Abbot

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A recent legal case serves as a timely reminder that simple searches are not sufficient when buying a property. Large scale housing developments, which have been the subject of a few stories over the past few months are very unlikely to be identified in the suite of mandatory searches, such as the CON29 Local Authority

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Conveyancers claim 2017 property sector to be shaped by Brexit

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83% of conveyancers place Brexit as one of the top three factors to have a significant influence on the UK property market in 2017, with almost half (48%) putting it first, according to new research released today from Groundsure. Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ranked second on the list, followed by a shortage of housing stock.  Other

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Groundsure Planning Alert

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The Groundsure Planning Alert is now live and has been added to existing Groundsure Potential Risks Alert on our ordering platform. Just as our ordering platform will alert you if your property is at potential risk from flooding, ground stability, energy features etc(1) , it will now flag up whether a planning application has been

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Happy 50th Birthday Milton Keynes!

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Milton Keynes is 50 years old today. Take a look at what it looked in like 1958, 9 years before Milton Keynes was designated, and what it looked like in 1991, showing extensive development of the area. Milton Keynes, 1958 Milton Keynes, 1991

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Working with water – amphibious houses

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In recent years the UK has suffered from a plethora of severe flood events, in areas such as Cumbria, Yorkshire and Somerset1. Unprecedented rainfall and river levels have led to widespread flooding, resulting in large-scale disruption to communities, loss of basic services and long and costly recovery processes1. The recently published National Flood Resilience Review

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LFS Conveyancing Awards 2017

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From the Big to the Small,  the LFS Conveyancing Awards are open to all Law Firms and there are categories to suit every size of business.  Here’s what it meant to two of last year’s winners…… Valerie Holmes, Winner of Best Small Conveyancer, North 2016 As a small office in Yorkshire, we thought that we

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Christmas Operations

The Groundsure office will be closed on Friday 23rd December, but will re-open on the 28th December at 9am. Please be aware that some third party supplies are closed over the Christmas period which may affect the time taken to generate some of our reports. The following products may be affected: Highways Search Premier Utilities

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London’s Lost Tunnels

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In recent years there have been numerous concerning incidents involving rail tunnels and construction works that have highlighted the need for environmental vigilance. One of these occurred in March 2013 when the driver of a First Capital Connect train from Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City reported that water was flowing from the roof of a

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