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The authority on commercial location intelligence and accepted by all major lenders in the UK …

This report was developed in conjunction with leading UK banks and meets lending-security compliance, and addresses your obligations under The Law Society’s Practice Note on contaminated land.


Why this report?

  • Addresses obligations under the Law Society Practice Note on contaminated land

  • Utilises Groundsure’s unique historical land use database


The report includes detailed environmental data on contaminated land, flood risk, ground stability and geological hazards and utilises a range of datasets to ensure a reliable overview of risk.

The report utilises Groundsure’s unique historical land use database, this features detailed and specific land use information dating back over 175 years. It also contains datasets from trusted data providers including the Environment Agency and the British Geological Survey.

The data is reviewed and an opinion is provided by specialists within Groundsure’s consultancy team, who are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the findings within the Screening report. Environmental insurance is available if required.

What does it cover?

  • Historical land use database of potentially contaminative features including garages, petrol sites, tanks, energy installations and military/ordnance sites
  • Up-to-date environmental permit, incidents and registers data
  • Detailed active and historical landfill data from authoritative sources, including the Environment Agency, British Geological Survey (BGS), Local Authorities and historical Ordnance Survey mapping
  • Underground electricity cables and gas transmission pipelines
  • Geology, hydrology and hydrogeology
  • 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
  • Flood risk screening uses Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, and BGS data
  • Additional information covering overhead powerlines and existing and proposed mobile phone masts

 


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

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 .