NOW REDESIGNED AND IMPROVED
Groundsure Homescreen has been redesigned with new features, improved layout and design for clearer navigation improving workflow for conveyancers.
This fully interpreted, risk-rated screening report now uses Land Registry polygons, with enhanced energy, transportation and planning application & restrictions screenings.
- Enhanced transportation screening – detailing HS2 (route, safeguarding, stations
& depots); Crossrail 1 (route, stations, worksites); Railways (active railways, stations)
- Enhanced screening on potential and planned energy installations and transport infrastructure
- Enhanced screening on planning applications
- Uses Groundsure’s Historical Land Use Database – one of the most comprehensive
- The most accurate database for storage tanks, energy features and military installations
Identify the risks contaminated land and resulting liabilities could pose to your client’s residential property purchase with a Groundsure Homescreen.
Groundsure Homescreen enables solicitors to comply with the requirements of the Law Society Practice Note on Contaminated Land and considers the risk of the property being designated under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, together with other key natural and man-made hazards.
What does Homescreen cover?
- Contaminated land assessment based on Groundsure’s unique historical land use database
- Potentially in-filled land
- Up-to-date environmental permit, incidents and registers data
- Historical and active landfill sites
- Ground stability assessment including non-coal mining, cavities and subsidence risks
- Coal mining screening
- JBA Risk Management river, coastal and surface water flood screen
- Energy alert highlighting existing or planned energy installations, such as wind turbines or fracking
- Unique “London Rail Networks” alert identifying the presence of the London Underground, DLR, active railways and abandoned railways and tunnels
*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.
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.