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National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) embedding in Planning Policy

Gaining planning approval for a site can be a long and resource intensive process. With austerity measures biting at local council budgets, planning teams have often been disproportionately cut[1]. This means good quality contaminated land reporting is a benefit to them as well as to the developer who is then likely to experience fewer unexpected...

Groundsure Review – Helpline service

A customer purchased a Groundsure Review report for a property which highlighted a former quarry on site with a cotton mill adjacent to the property. A historical landfill was also identified on site, extending beyond it to the east. This was noted to have accepted inert and household waste, with a last input registered in...

Savills Portfolio – Land at Stobswood

In April 2019 Groundsure were tasked with assisting Savills PLC and a land regeneration client of theirs with the sale of 16 Lots of restored land. Within the sales brochure for each Lot the Client wanted a simple environmental search from a respected provider that clearly detailed any issues (or lack thereof) that a buyer...

Groundsure appoints Ambiental Risk Analytics as a new flood data partner

Groundsure has appointed Ambiental Risk Analytics as a preferred flood risk data provider for a selection of its reports. As the global climate undergoes rapid and unprecedented changes, the importance of accurate risk reporting continues to grow. Ambiental Risk Analytics is already a global leader in this field, recognised as a trusted provider of highly...

Sheep dip – has the wool been pulled over our eyes?

Many farming processes have the potential to cause significant adverse environmental impacts. The farming sector was the number one industry causing pollution incidents in 2015 (1) and remains one of the top four causes according to the Environment Agency’s 2018-2019 Annual Report (2). The UK’s most common agricultural impacts are associated with the use of...

How Millennials are reshaping the conveyancing sector

Our guest writer Adam Bullion, General Manager of Marketing of InfoTrack, provides here an insight into the conveyancing industry and how it is currently influenced by a whole new generation of conveyancers. There’s a wave of change happening within the conveyancing sector at present. From regulatory changes and technological advancements, to a new generation of...

Why quality conveyancing matters when it comes to buying property

Essentially, conveyancing is the legal process of buying and selling property. Not a supermarket meal deal, or a multi pack of tea towels – property. In the vast majority of cases, this is the largest financial transaction any of us will make in our lives.  There’s the old adage of “you can have cheap, or...

New Agricultural Report – What are the 5 main environmental risks associated with agricultural land uses?

Agricultural land uses and farming take many forms; arable and pastoral, and/or organic and intensive. Although farming has moved in recent years towards more organic methods, intensive farming methods are still very common and widely used commercially[1]. The agricultural activities at intensive farms can pose a variety of risks to the surrounding environment through contamination...