The risks of purchasing an average commercial property are not great, but once you get into redevelopment scenarios, an unlucky few can come across potentially expensive problems at the planning stage where the possibility of contaminated land has not been identified.
For instance, developers have been prosecuted for putting residents in danger by building houses on land previously contaminated and, even more worryingly, a recent case made both the polluter and developer responsible for a plot that had been remediated in the 1980s, but to a standard that now falls short of requirements.
Geodesys strongly recommends the use of SiteSolutions Commercial on all sites intended for redevelopment deals.
When to use SiteSolutions Commercial
Local Authorities are responsible for enforcing conditions on planning applications to prove that a site is suitable for use or remediated to the required standards. Changes to the Part 2A methodology in 2012 and National Planning Policy Framework reinforce this process.
This focus means that a screening report such as Sitecheck Assess is no longer suitable for redevelopment (change of use) scenarios as it is limited to liabilites arising in a continued use context, and does not look at potential liabilites arising from a redevelopment.
SiteSolutions Commercial provides an intelligent risk assessment and commentary by an experienced environmental consultant, who looks at the potential liabilities in the context of the current/proposed use of the land, in order to give a more accurate result ("Passed" or "Further Action"). This allows developers to avoid any unexpected costs at the planning stage, providing complete assurance for you and your clients.
With SiteSolutions Commercial you also have direct access to the consultant for any follow-up queries (contact details are provided in the report).
Use SiteSolutions Commercial to identify whether:
- historic activities could result in liability for the property owner/developer under relevant contaminated land regime
- remediation is likely to be required
- environmental permits are held for the property or by neighbouring properties
- current operations in the surrounding area could cause contamination of the property
- ecological receptors could be affected by site operations
- there is any potential for liability under the Environmental Damage Regulations
For further details please contact our Customer Services team on 0800 085 8050.