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The Importance of Ordering a Planning Search

2014 saw over 1,100,000 residential property transaction completions – over 200,000 more than the previous year – and the 7 months up to 31st July of 2015 has seen 399,394 transactions.1 The average UK house price was recorded as £183,861 in July 2015, a 4.6% increase on the previous year. This follows the moderate house...

What is Radon?

  What is Radon? What are the potential sources? What are the potential risks? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium (238U) (1). Uranium is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks throughout the UK, with areas of elevated radon risk noted to include the granitic...

Compulsory Purchase Orders

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) allows certain statutory bodies to obtain land or property from an individual without their consent to do so. These orders will occur when the purchase of said land or property is needed to carry out a function that Parliament feels is in the public’s best interest.(1) In practice, the most...

Alien plants: Do they come from space?

It seems there is some confusion on alien species and their invasion. Species of either vegetables or animals discovered in a place they do not belong are defined as alien (or exotic).1 Not all of them have a negative impact on the hosting environment; however, the effects should never be underestimated.1 A considerable number of...