Weighing up Contaminated Land risks versus Flooding and Subsidence

As property lawyers will know, contaminated land can give rise to a range of liabilities and unexpected costs, whether they relate to human health, land, buildings, businesses, or the wider environment. The statute that has attracted most attention since it was brought into force over 20 years ago is Part IIA of the Environmental Protection...

Groundsure Avista – the best just got even better

Groundsure Avista has already changed the face of conveyancing searches, offering a premium, all-in-one experience and delivering a quality of content and design never before seen. It has become the de facto standard of a premium conveyancing search. Product evolution is a given with Groundsure and we are never resting on our laurels… but even...

The plastic pandemic

Walking outside for my permitted daily exercise, I noticed that, along with the usual crisp packets, cigarette butts and fast food packaging, a new item was now plaguing the neighbourhood’s street verges; the disposal mask. As I stared down at the masks covered in mud and trampled on, I suddenly realised that the lasting impacts...

‘Toxic’ Glasgow burn under investigation. What can historical maps reveal.

Last week the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was called to investigate a ‘toxic’ Glasgow burn that was pictured glowing luminous yellow. Clyde Gateway, who are undertaking remedial works to address the polluted burn, previously warned politicians that contaminated land nearby the river posed an immediate risk to human health. The striking colour in the burn...

Green shoots of recovery – the surprising effect of Covid

Covid has given us cause to pause and think and realise that paradigm shifts are possible and that now is the time to embrace a net zero future. Words like the green industrial revolution and green new deal are being talked about with enthusiasm and now real projects are beginning to move on from last...

Planning, developments and enhancing biodiversity

Most developers, councils and people do not want to harm biodiversity, however, it remains threatened in the UK. National drives for new developments and affordable housing have been a major contributor for habitat and biodiversity loss within the UK. Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth in all its forms and all its interactions,...

Old gas works, new pollution

Brighton is famous for lots of things but surfing is not one. The surf in Brighton is small and infrequent however that does not mean there is a void of impassioned surfers wanting to get in the water at every opportunity. After a long lockdown, the first really swell and surfable waves came to Brighton...