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 supports Charity Search Pack

Groundsure is delighted to support Searches UK’s Charity Search Pack Throughout October to the end of December 2015, Searches UK will donate 20% of the profits made from their Charity Search Pack to the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.* The Charity Search Pack includes a Groundsure Planning Search, a Personal Local Authority Search, Official Drainage and Water...

Am I in a Development Hotspot?

Brighton, Bournemouth and Cambridge show highest density of development outside London. North London has the most developments in UK Outside of London, the cities of Brighton and Hove, Bournemouth and Cambridge have the most property development activity by area, based on new research1 announced today by Groundsure (illustrated in new Groundsure online interactive map). The...

Honeycrocks Farm and Planning

In April 2015, a Surrey farmer lost his long-running battle with the planning authorities to protect a mock-Tudor castle which he had constructed behind huge bales of hay. Robert Fidler had built the four bedroom castle on Greenbelt land he owned since the 1970s at Honeycrocks Farm in Salfords, Surrey, while obscured by a blue...

Waste Not, Want Not

The first half of 2014 (Jan-July) saw over 682,000 residential conveyancing transactions, over 100,000 more than the previous year. Additionally, house prices increased by 11.7% in the year up to July 2014, up from 10.2% in the previous year to June 2014. With house prices set to soar even further and demand for housing increases,...