Groundsure works with a number of respected data providers to bring the most relevant and accurate information to you in our reports. Below are some details of their specialisms and how we work with each of them. This could help you see how we compile the information in the report and give you peace of mind as to the source of the data, as well as where to go if you want further information on any specific area.
Ambiental Risk Analytics, a company of Royal HaskoningDHV, produce flood maps, flood risk datasets, catastrophe models and flood forecasting products internationally. Ambiental’s datasets provide high granularity insights into multiple flood hazards including Groundwater, as well as an indication of the insurance risk classification. Using predictive analytics, digital mapping and machine learning, Ambiental provide actionable intelligence through data to reduce damage and risk to lives and property.
The British Geological Survey is part of the Natural Environment Research Council and collects, processes and publishes geoscientific data for government, academic and commercial purposes, principally for the UK but also internationally. It advises the UK Government on geological processes and resources. They produce data on underlying geology, soil chemistry, geological resources, mines and mineral resources. Their data is used in Groundsure’s ground stability search reports.
CoPSO is a trade association for the property search industry. It owns and maintains the Search Code that establishes minimum standards for the production and selling of search reports and protects those that purchase and rely on them.
Crossrail Limited is a subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL) and is jointly sponsored by TfL and the Department for Transport. It was established to build the Elizabeth line railway through central London, otherwise known as Crossrail. It publishes data on the route, including stations and related works, which is currently under construction.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEI)
1 Victoria Street
02072 155 000
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is now part of DBEI and some of the data for which it is responsible has been passed into the management of this new department. DBEI is a ministerial department covering business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. The former DECC datasets that it is responsible for include locations of solar farms and power stations.
The EA is an executive non-departmental public body that is sponsored by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). It is responsible for protecting the environment through regulation of industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, conservation and ecology, and management of water resources including water quality, inland water navigation, fisheries and flood risk. It produces data on flood risk, flood defences, water sources, and waste sites. The functions of the EA, including the production of data, are fulfilled in Scotland by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and in Wales by Natural Resources Wales.
Getmapping is a digital mapping company that specialises in aerial photography and LiDAR. It undertakes its own surveys, meaning that it can provide bespoke services, and offer historical and oblique aerial imagery as well as current direct imagery.
HSE is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Work and Pensions and its primary purpose is to reduce work-related injury and ill-health. HSE hold data related to their work, including records of sites that fall under Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations.
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
02079 444 908
HS2 Ltd is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Transport. It was established to develop and promote the High Speed Two rail network. It publishes data about the proposed route for the network, including visibility and noise impact.
These three authorities protect the historic environment of England, Scotland and Wales respectively and are responsible for listing or scheduling sites that are historically important. Each of them publishes data on Listed Buildings, Protected Parks and Gardens, and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
JPB is an engineering consultancy that specialises in geotechnical and environmental engineering, contamination, surveying, and mining and quarrying. It holds an extensive selection of mine plans that can be used as part of ground stability assessment.
The Land Registry
1 Bedford Park
03000 060 411
The Land Registry is a non-ministerial government department that registers the ownership of land in England and Wales. It provides the owners with a land title, guaranteed by the Government, and provides record of ownership and interests affecting land. The Registry publishes a mix of open and paid for data derived from the Land Register.
A local authority can be a district or unitary council and these fall, along with county councils, under the description of Local Government. Local authorities have a variety of responsibilities and these include issues like air pollution consents and designated contaminated land, which they are obliged to maintain public registers of. Local authorities, along with National Park authorities are also responsible for planning, both at a local strategic and application level. All planning authorities maintain a public database of planning applications.
National Grid Plc is a private company that operates the power distribution network in the UK and owns the networks for England and Wales. It publishes data on energy infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines, and electricity transmission, though not local distribution.
03000 603 900
NE is an executive non-departmental public body that is sponsored by Defra. They act as the government’s advisor on the natural environment. They are primarily responsible for the promotion of nature conservation and actively conserving and enhancing England’s landscape. They produce data on nationally and internationally designated natural sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The functions and responsibilities of NE, including production of data, are fulfilled in Scotland by Scottish Natural Heritage and in Wales by Natural Resources Wales.
NRW is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body that was formed in 2013 to broadly assume the responsibilities of the Countryside Council for Wales, Forestry Commission Wales and the Environment Agency Wales. It also holds similar functions to Natural England. Datasets available from the Environment Agency and Natural England usually have a counterpart available from Natural Resources Wales.
The ONS is independent and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK, reporting via the UK Statistics Authority to the UK Government. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics for economy, population and society, including the census for England and Wales. It publishes data at local and regional, as well as national, levels including deprivation, demographics, and the Rural Urban Classification. We source demographic data from them.
Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)
48 Huntly Street
03000 201 010
The OGA is a government company owned by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is responsible for regulating and promoting the oil and gas industry. It publishes data on oil and gas wells and areas that have been licenced for extraction.
Open Government Licence (OGL)
The OGL is a set of terms and conditions on the re-use of certain public sector data. Data that is available under OGL is free to use, including commercially, as long as it adheres to the terms of the Licence. The OGL is intended to be simple and to encourage the use of the data to which it applies. The expertise of our specialists helps Groundsure to utilise this data in the most effective manner, extracting relevant information from it and bringing this to our customers. A copy of the current OGL is available from The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
Ordnance Survey is the UK national mapping agency who have been responsible for producing official maps of the UK for over 170 years. While it originally produced paper maps, and still do, the majority of its work is the production of digital mapping data that underpins both private and public sector work around location, including the creation of new datasets. This is where Groundsure source our background mapping.
PBA is an infrastructure and major developments consultancy in engineering, planning and economics. It holds data on both naturally occurring and mining cavities for use in assessing ground stability.
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS)
Room 3Q Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
03034 445 000
PINS, is an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government and by the Welsh Government. It is responsible for handling planning appeals, planning applications of a national infrastructure scale and examination of local plans.
Public Health England (PHE)
133-155 Waterloo Road
02076 548 000
PHE is an executive agency sponsored by the Department of Health that is tasked with protecting and improving the health in the UK and reducing health inequality by providing advice and support to organisations like the National Health Service and local government. It produces data related to a variety of public health issues, including radon.
Renewables UK represents member renewable energy companies in the UK. They produce data related to their work such as statistics on renewable power generation of the location of projects, such as wind farms.
SEPA fulfils a similar role in Scotland to the Environment Agency, protecting the environment and human health through regulation and active work on flooding, contamination and nature conservation. At present, the majority of their data is not available for commercial use.
SNH is funded by the Scottish Government and holds an equivalent role to Natural England, promoting and undertaking nature conservation in Scotland. It produces and holds the same sorts of data as Natural England there, such as designated sites, which are protected with regards to development due to their natural beauty, wildlife or other attributes.