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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...

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...

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....

No longer the bridesmaid.

A bit of history to start off with… Groundsure has served data products to the environmental consultancy and assessment industry for around 14 years. However, Groundsure as a business has existed for quite a bit longer – ever since we began delivering environmental searches in 2001 and subsequently acquired our unmatched collection of historical Ordnance...

Air pollution on the London Underground: The effects and what is being done

Air pollution in the London Underground Air pollution has experienced an upturn in topicality recently, due to attention provoked by the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone policy by the London Mayoral administration and that the Supreme Court ruling three times last decade (2015, 2016, 2018) that the UK Government is in breach of EU...

Christmas flooding and its effect on Groundwater

The Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest travel days of the year as hundreds of thousands of people frantically try and return home with bags full of presents and minds full of Christmas cheer. However, this festive season, this annual migration was disrupted because of excessive flooding which hit Sussex and the South...