THE NEW RESIDENTIAL SEARCH REPORT FROM GROUNDSURE

Groundsure’s Homebuyers Plus report is a new residential environmental risk report, an enhanced version of the existing Homebuyers report which will keep your transaction moving faster. This report is based on Land Registry polygons (the original Homebuyers is point based), and has several new features, vastly improved layout, design and clearer navigation – all improving conveyancer workflow.

Homebuyers Plus reviews flood, contaminated land, ground stability and screens other environmental risks such as energy, transportation and planning** to provide comprehensive environmental checks for a residential property.

Homebuyers Plus - old vs new




Moving searches forward

The Homebuyers Plus report is the equivalent of the existing Homebuyers report but with additional data and layout enhancements:

  • Flood risk assessment now includes new JBA 5m groundwater data – detailing all sources of flood including groundwater and surface water risk. Also reviews historical flood events & proposed flood defence schemes
  • Enhanced view on potential and planned energy installations – the energy alert details specific energy infrastructure categories within 5km of the property. This alert includes existing and proposed: oil and gas sites including fracking; power stations including nuclear; wind power projects; solar farms and major energy infrastructure projects
  • Enhanced transportation summary – provides detail on HS2 (route, safeguarding, stations & depots); Crossrail 1 (route, stations, worksites); Railways (active railways, stations), Docklands Light Railway, HS2 and the Crossrail 1 project
  • Enhanced screening on planning applications**
  • Enhanced visual and cultural designations – e.g. building conservation areas, listed buildings.

Why does Homebuyers Plus work harder for you and keep your transactions moving faster?

Improved accuracy

Uses Land Registry polygons (compared to points based in the original Homebuyers) – improving the accuracy of site plans and associated detail

Plain English

  • All text written in plain English (jargon free)
  • Easier to read for the conveyancer
  • Easier to read and understand for the end user
  • Clear recommendations and next steps outlined

Site boundary on MasterMap
The site boundary is overlaid onto MasterMap (featured on the 1st page), the most detailed, up-to-date and comprehensive map data available in the UK.

Intuitive layout and page flow
Colour coded risk ratings with a pass/next steps indicator on the first page. Risks are identified clearly and easily – enabling faster and smarter decisions. Improved page flow: 1st page overall rating and dashboard, 2nd page next steps, 3rd page section summaries.

Fewer pages

  • 70% fewer pages (15-20 pages vs. 50+ previously) with clearer information
  • Time savings of 10-30 minutes per report
  • Up to 50% smaller file sizes and smaller email attachments
  • Lower printing and postage costs
  • Only the relevant data – no blank maps or pages, less words, more facts.

Homebuyers Plus, all you need delivered in a smarter way

  • Groundsure’s Historical Land Use Database – with 7000+ land use classifications, one of the most comprehensive resources available dating back to 1840s with maps scanned in at over 500dpi – a new industry standard. The most accurate database for storage tanks, energy features and military installations
  • Environmental Permits, Incidents and Registers
  • Active and historical landfill data from authoritative sources, including the Environment Agency, British Geological Survey (BGS), Local Authorities and historical Ordnance Survey mapping
  • Current industrial site data
  • Ofcom mobile phone mast information – locations & planning applications relating to phone masts
  • Potentially infilled land
  • Historic military and ordnance sites
  • Designated environmentally sensitive sites including Green Belt, Local Nature Reserves and National Parks
  • Ground stability assessment including non-coal mining and subsidence risks
  • Coal mining screening
  • Detailed radon potential data
  • JBA Floodability Rating & Flood

* 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.

**Planning is screened to the following distances:
Mega urban areas – 250m for large projects, 50m for small projects and house extensions
Urban areas – 500m for large projects, 125m for small projects and 50m for house extensions
Rural areas – 750m for large projects, 500m for small projects and 125m for house extensions

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

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 .

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.