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Urban Mining: dispelling the myths

Urban mining, is it a myth or reality? Whilst mining and extraction, in its various forms, has been carried out in every county in the UK, it is a popular misconception that the legacy of mining does not affect urban areas and that where the built environment has been present for decades that there are...

Groundsure mining reports now delve even deeper

Since March 2020 an interpretive assessment of mine entries is included as standard in the Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search, for no extra charge. This enhancement removes the need for a costly follow-up report and potential delay to a transaction. Read on for some background to the development – and the odd mining pun,...

HS2 ‘Notice to proceed’ issued on 15th April 2020

Given the understandable news focus elsewhere in the last few weeks, it would be easy to miss the announcement by the government on the 15th April, that they have issued a ‘Notice to proceed’ for Phase 1 of HS2, linking London to Birmingham. This means that contractors have formal approval for the main construction works...

Blue Billy

In the 19th century, London grew at an unprecedented speed and was transformed into the world’s largest city and the capital of the British Empire. Between the smog and squalor, a foul-smelling substance was first identified on the sites of old gasworks and coke works. Up until the 1970s coal gas production provided the rapidly...

Update on service from Groundsure in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a trusted provider of business-critical information, we would like to share an update on our business continuity plans. These plans ensure that our products and services aren’t impacted by the current Coronavirus outbreak. We have clear processes in place to manage any potential disruption, including contingencies for our people, workplaces, platforms/technology and supporting services....

Onshore wind is back on the agenda

For the last four years there has been an effective ban on onshore wind. Now the government have published the detail1 of the proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, it’s clear that one barrier to onshore wind is likely to be removed (the subsidy issue). Larger scale wind developments have not been...

Riders on the storm: Flood forecasting and what can be done

After the wettest February on record, storm Ciara, Dennis and Jorge have caused further damage, flooding and devastation across the UK, this winter. The flooding has already caused widespread travel chaos, left over 3000 homes flooded, forcing thousands more to evacuate, and sadly costing the lives of 5 people. On the 17th of February, there...

Groundsure announces a new trade body, the Conveyancing Information Executive

Groundsure is pleased to confirm today its role as a founding member of the new conveyancing search industry trade body, the Conveyancing Information Executive (CIE). Along with the other founding partners, Groundsure has launched the new trade body in order to continue to progress professional standards surrounding conveyancing searches and the data used within them....

Will HS2 have the ‘Crossrail effect’ for property prices near stations?

It’s likely there will be some kind of uplift for properties in the vicinity of HS2 hubs and stations. However I would think it unlikely that the effect would be so pronounced as the 30-60% uplift reported around Crossrail stations, given that Crossrail is opening up easy commuting in the very heated London property market....