Brownfield Sites: A Wildlife Haven

In this blog, Kate Bannigan, an Environmental Consultant at Groundsure, explores brownfield sites and discusses why they should be incorporated into urban development What are brownfield sites? The United Kingdom’s long industrial past has left behind an estimated 65,760 hectares of ‘derelict and underused’ (Oliver et al., 2005) previous industrial sites, often located in or

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A Change in Direction for Historic Rights of Way?

In this blog, Sarah Gathergood, Deputy Residential Consultancy Manager at Groundsure, explores historic rights of way and why, by 2026, some may be lost forever. Time is ticking for our historic rights of way. Any pre-1949 footpaths, bridleways or byways that are not recorded on the legal definitive map(1) by 2026 may be lost forever.

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“What difference does a polygon make in an environmental search?” Well, a fair bit actually!

Since Avista launched in June 2017 Groundsure has been introducing polygons to our residential environmental search reports. But what benefits does the use of polygons bring when compared to previous point and buffer methods? Nick Treble, Strategic Account Manager at Groundsure, explains. Why is using polygons important? A Land Registry leasehold/freehold polygon surrounds the exact

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Groundsure.io – free? Why on Earth would we do that?

For a long time the notice read that it was to be decommissioned. Then, following a Defra ministerial request in September last year which raised concerns from users, a short stay of execution was earned. But now finally, the much used if not completely loved What’s In Your Backyard (WIYBY) site from the Environment Agency

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Bridge of Earn

A Bridge of Earn residential development is under threat of being demolished as a result of a breach of planning conditions. Residents on the development, built by Maplewood Developments, have all received letters from Perth and Kinross Council advising them not to use their gardens whilst council officials prepare to investigate whether the properties are

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Covering all aspects of planning to avoid potential risks

When starting a project in any profession it is important to approach from a position of knowledge. This is especially true in the areas of design and construction – where surprises along the way can prove painful and costly. Early acquisition of relevant information can ensure smooth progress and helps to build mitigation into a

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The night before Groundsure

T’was the night before Christmas, but all through the day Edward and Susan, had worried away. With two kids, still growing, and one on the way, A new house was needed, but where would they stay?   The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While thoughts of a better home, danced in their

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A Christmas Story

The scene: a vast city hungover by a mist of exhaust fumes, accompanied by the sound of Christmas carols and clinking beer bottles. It’s the season of yuletide intertwined with wastefulness, want and ignorance. A guilty party, guiltier than most, is preparing tomorrow’s feast. Already he has boned out the crown of a turkey, the

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Pollution incidents

Sarah Gathergood is an environmental consultant at Groundsure. In this blog, Sarah discusses pollution incidents and how they may affect you. If you have any questions or comments about this blog, you can contact the residential consultancy team at residential@groundsure.com Although written sometime around the 1950s, Tom Lehrer’s comedic song ‘Pollution’ still rings true in today’s world.

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Permafrost

Freddy Brocklehurst is an environmental consultant at Groundsure. In this blog, Freddy discusses permafrost and the effect it may have on climate change. If you have any questions or comments about this blog, you can contact the commercial consultancy team at commercial@groundsure.com. The threat of thawing permafrost to climate change As the Earth warms, climate

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