Inform your clients of any environmental risks that may affect their farm purchase with our tailored agricultural conveyancing search.

The most definitive contaminative land use risk assessment on the market.

Why this report?

  • Groundsure consultants expert opinion based on the most accurate data

  • Opinion on banking security based on Groundsure lender partnerships

  • Unique Groundsure agricultural risk assessment

Potential agricultural land buyers need a clear understanding of any environmental risks, and resulting liabilities, which may affect their purchases. Groundsure Agricultural provides a full assessment on banking security. It covers past and present land use of the site and comes with expert interpretation and opinion from Groundsure’s IEMA qualified consultants.

Groundsure Agricultural gives an essential insight for farming sites and includes topography data, land use classifications and stewardship schemes. It also accesses Groundsure’s unique historical data which has specific land use records dating back to the 1840s.

What does it cover?

  • Five-tier environmental risk assessment
  • 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
  • Flood-risk screening
  • Hydrogeology
  • Historic rights of way
  • High Speed (HS2) rail network – proximity to potential build disruption and purchase risks
  • Detailed commentary on working farmyards
  • Agricultural Land Classification, indicating the land’s potential productivity
  • Non-coal mining risks and related subsidence hazards
  • Designated Environmentally Sensitive Sites including ancient or protected woodland.
  • Assessment of archaeological sites of interest


*Pricing: Sites greater than 15ha, price on application. Delivery time in normal 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.

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.

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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 .