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Petrol Filling Stations – Contamination impacts and potential risks

We often see former Petrol Filling Stations (PFSs) as the subject of our environmental searches in our day to day work stream. This is unsurprising when most contaminated land issues are the result of historic land uses. A 20121 report from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) identified the steep fall from 37,500...

A river runs through it – riparian rights and responsibilities

Here, our guest writer, Craig Burman* provides an interesting insight into the importance of being aware of riparian rights and responsibilities. The little beck which meanders across the bottom of the back garden before disappearing to who knows where is often referred to on sale particulars as a charming and desirable feature. Something to appeal...

Interview with Dan Montagnani, EVP at Groundsure

In their latest Members Spotlight Interview, the UK PropTech Association spoke with our very own Dan Montagnani, EVP at Groundsure. Here we share the article: Dan has been in the environmental risk arena for 26 years. He has been responsible for leading the Groundsure business, focused on optimising the delivery of data intelligence solutions into...

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...

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...