New and improved Agricultural Report: Now Live

Following an extensive research project with Property Lawyers and PSLs from leading law firms across the UK, the Groundsure Agricultural search report has been redeveloped with new and in-depth datasets, unique features, improved layout and navigation, and a refreshing design. The outcome – a streamlined workflow presenting all the information that you and your clients need faster via a much more user-friendly design and navigation. With several new intelligently filtered datasets, only relevant results are returned, making for concise and easy to follow results and recommendations.

The report now provides enhanced guidance on Section B8 of the Law Society Conveyancing Handbook (25th ed.) reviewing Contaminated Land, full flood risk, several agricultural features, ground stability, radon, energy, transportation, planning applications and planning constraints with several new mapping, data and agricultural features making it one of the most comprehensive search reports available.

Each report is written and reviewed by our in-house team of environmental specialists who can be contacted in the event of a query providing an added value unbeatable service.

What does it cover?

  • Multi-tier environmental risk assessment
    • Contaminated Land
    • Full Flood-risk
    • Agricultural features
    • Ground stability
    • Radon
    • Energy
    • Transportation
    • Planning applications
    • Planning constraints
  • Environmental permits, incidents and registers
  • Detailed active and historical landfill data from authoritative sources, including the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, British Geological Survey (BGS), Local Authorities and historical Ordnance Survey mapping
  • National Grid gas pipeline and electricity transmission lines
  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • NEW Historic and Current Rights of Way – Open Access Land
  • High Speed (HS2) rail network – proximity to potential build disruption and purchase risks
  • Detailed commentary on working farmyards
  • NEW Agricultural Land Classification, indicating the land’s potential productivity
  • Subsidence hazards from mining and natural sources
  • Designated Environmentally Sensitive Sites including ancient or protected woodland.
  • Assessment of archaeological sites of interest.
  • NEW Timber felling licenses
  • NEW Waste exemptions
  • NEW Environmental and Countryside Stewardship Schemes
  • Discharge consents
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.

For more information please download the comprehensive product guide or download our handy one page features and benefits guide which can be found here.

*Pricing stated is £275 for sites 0-50ha. There is a tiered pricing structure for larger sites. Please contact us or your preferred search provider for more information.

Delivery time applies to working days.

Reliance: £10m Professional Indemnity Insurance (any one claim). Can be relied upon by all professional parties within a property transaction, first purchasers / tenants and their advisers. Please refer to Groundsure terms & conditions for more information about this.

What is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium (238U). Uranium is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks throughout the UK. It is not possible to see or smell radon and specialist equipment is required to detect it. Click here for more information about radon

What is natural ground subsidence?

Natural ground subsidence refers to the upward, lateral or downward movement of the ground that can be caused by a range of natural geological hazards, such movements are typically in the order of centimetres, but exceptional circumstances can be larger. Significant natural ground instability has the potential to cause subsidence damage to some weaker buildings and structures. Click here for more information about subsidence

What does 'Passed/Acceptable Environmental Risk' mean?

Groundsure provide a statement regarding the likely designation of the property under Part 2A of EPA 1990 and the level of risk associated with the property represents either ‘Acceptable Environmental Risk’ or ‘In Need of Further Assessment’ ‘Acceptable Environmental Risk’ or ‘Passed’ indicates that there is an unlikely risk of statutory (Part 2A EPA 1990) or third party action being taken against the site and the potential environmental risks associated with the property are not considered significant

What does 'In Need of Further Assessment' mean?

In Need of Further Assessment does not necessarily mean that the site is unsuitable for purchase, but only that further assessment of the risk associated with the site is required. When a site is ‘In Need of Further Assessment’ then the practitioner may, if required, discuss the case with one of the Groundsure Consultants.

More information and video guides

CON29 Local Authority Searches

The CON29, Section 3.12 of The Local Authority Search is an identification of land that has already been designated as “contaminated land” under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This doesn’t provide an indication if a site is on the local authority’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy or if it is likely to be designated.

What information do you accept to ‘Pass’ a report?

Groundsure are able to reassess a report together with additional information provided by you. Normally this will be undertaken free of charge. However Groundsure reserve the right to charge in the event that the time taken to review the documents provided is greater than normal, due to either the number of documents provided or the complexity of the case. When sufficient information is provided, Groundsure will revise the report from "In Need of Further Assessment" to a "Pass" (Acceptable Environmental Risk). Where appropriate, Groundsure provide recommendations for further action that helps you to obtain sufficient information:

  • NHBC Buildmark Certificate with contaminated land cover. All policies registered after 2007 should include contaminated land cover;
  • Confirmation that contaminated land planning conditions were imposed on the site and were subsequently discharged by the local planning authority;
  • Confirmation from the Contaminated Land Officer or similar at the Local Authority that they are aware of the previous use of the site and are not considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites (either informally or formally) under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 .