Covering all aspects of planning to avoid potential risks

When starting a project in any profession it is important to approach from a position of knowledge. This is especially true in the areas of design and construction - where surprises along the way can prove painful and costly. Early acquisition of relevant information can ensure smooth progress and helps to build mitigation into a project from the very beginning. That’s where we can help.


Planning precedent: although not a guarantee, knowledge that similar applications nearby have been granted planning permission will help frame the scope of design and where you can and can’t push the limits of function versus creativity.

Site history: knowing how a site has evolved over time - when specific structures were erected or where there was once a building that has long since vanished – can be a great tool in sympathetic and considered design. Historical maps and aerial imagery can provide that window to the past.

Protected areas: consideration should also be made toward any environmentally protected areas that a site may fall within. Areas of land that hold a special status can have big implications for proposed activities or developments.


Conservation status: an existing property may be a Listed Building, or a site may fall within a Conservation Area. Even if not directly protected in this way, proximity of development to sites such as this can have implications that need early consideration.

Environmental risk: awareness of risks such as flood or ground stability, or even simple knowledge of underlying geology can be vital in design and in choice of materials.


Groundsure can provide simple and quick delivery of this kind of vital information in easily digestible reports, or as raw data for use in your own systems. They deliver location intelligence to architects, environmental consultants, surveyors, solicitors and private individuals alike. For further information visit or contact us at