Groundsure Homebuyers is a comprehensive residential environmental report. The information in the report allows an assessment to be made of the environmental risks to a property that could affect the value and enjoyment of it.
The information includes:
Why is this important?
|Confirmation of whether the property is within or close to a radon affected area.||Awareness of potential contaminants in the area helps to assess the risk of contaminated land.|
|Identification of mining in the area and potential hazards including identification of natural and mining cavities along with a shallow mining assessment.||Mining can cause ground stability problems, restricting the ability to build or extend on the land in the future. It can also cause personal harm, damage to a property and devalue it and make it harder to see in the future.|
|An assessment on the possibility of natural ground subsidence.||In sever cases, ground subsidence can cause personal harm. More commonly, it causes damage to the property, which in turn means costly repairs are required. Once a property has been the target of subsidence it can devalue it and make it harder to sell in the future.|
|Details of any former landfill sites in the area.||Risk of contamination is higher where there are sites nearby of potentially contaminative waste.|
|Details of any mobile transmitter locations in the area.||This can impair views from a property and future potential buyers may be put off purchasing.|
|Information on any hazardous substance consents granted.||Provides reassurance that discharge of dangerous substances is controlled and makes the potential purchaser aware of the hazardous substances in the area.|
|Locations of any underground high pressure oil and gas pipelines.||
High pressure pipelines often have building proximity distances set stating the minimum distance recommended between the pipeline and any normally occupied building. The locations of such pipelines can therefore affect development in the future.
There can also be a risk of major accident if a high pressure pipeline was to fail. It is therefore important to be aware of the risk, though it is extremely rare for such an incident to occur.
|The location of any environmentally sensitive sites including national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites.||
As these sites are usually protected from development it can be beneficial to live near such a site, making it much more likely that views will be maintained in the future.
If there are plans to build or extend a property, this is essential information and could significantly impact the likelihood of getting planning permission.
|Environment Agency (EA) flood plain data plus EA National Flood Risk Assessment (NaFRA) and EA Historic Flood Events data.||Flooding can significantly impact the enjoyment and value of a property. The inclusion of flood information in this report provides a valuable indicator of likely flood risk.|
|The report comes with a full page summary on contaminated land, flood and subsidence. Risks are marked as 'Passed' or 'Issues Identified'.||You can clearly see if there are any issues that you should pay particular attention to. Groundsure provides a free dedicated helpdesk for clients to discuss all 'In Need of Further Assessment' reports with the consultant who assessed the property.|
|Groundsure Homebuyers also offers homeowners the benefit of a financial contribution of up to £60,000 if a Part 2A remediation notice is served by a local authority and where costs to remediate the site would be incurred by the homeowner.||Provides assurance for the future if environmental issues arise and it is the responsibilit of the homeowner to fund remediation.|