There are four reasons why you will need a contaminated land assessment: The Local Planning Authority require it to validate a planning application (or discharge a planning condition).You are buying or selling land and need to understand your exposure to environmental risk.Your engineer or architect needs the information for the design.You wish to reduce the…
We have established CPD Seminars to help up-skill your team when it comes to navigating environmental surveys for development. The Seminars cover various issues such as risks, timescales and design implications, and they offer practical guidance for your own workload and development.
Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To assist with understanding what factors contribute to the decision on which technique to use, we have prepared a briefing note on the use of trial pits.
Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To assist with understanding what factors contribute to the decision on which technique to use, we have prepared a briefing note on the use of dynamic sampling techniques.
The contaminated land assessment process enables the developer to demonstrate that the site is safe and suitable for the proposed use. This is achieved through the planning system, at application stage, and through relevant planning conditions.
With the assessment of potential land contamination being a key part of the planning processes, it is important to consider how best to approach this element of your project.
When it comes to risks of building on brownfield, the risk from potential contaminated land perhaps tops the list.
The NHBC is currently highlighting the need to consider trees and ground conditions when planning and designing the foundations for buildings.
The use of asbestos in construction and other common place materials was not totally banned in the UK until 1999. Before the message about the risks posed by asbestos really penetrated the construction industry, there were many examples of refurbishment and demolition activities that resulted in asbestos being left on site and in the ground.
Planning applications often need to be supported by several reports containing a diverse range of recommendations. These may be provided by an equally diverse range of consultants who may never be involved in the development of other reports. This can lead to increased costs and delays if problems arise as a result of conflicting recommendations.
How do you compare quotes of a ground investigation? If it is based solely on the grand total, you may not be getting the best value for money.
One of the last jobs for a development is often the landscaping. After months of disruption, the natural soils on site are perhaps looking a bit “tired”, heavily compacted and very low on organic matter. So you import some good quality topsoil and plant into that, but will this hinder or assist your landscaping?
At agb Environmental, we have seen a real increase of cases where planning applications have been rejected by planning committees based on a lack of understanding of the potential for contamination at the site.
According to figures published by the Homes and Communities Agency, thousands of new homes could be built on brownfield land available for development. Within the report, the Government reveals new plans to use 90% of brownfield land for housing by 2020, paving the way for up to 200,000 new homes that are desperately needed.
agb Environmental would like to remind clients that discovering contamination late into the development process can not only mean costly remediation but also put site users and workers at risk. In this case, a Phase 1 Contaminated Land Desk Study would have identified the risks, allowing site investigations and appropriate project planning to take place…
Lead is known to be a toxic substance that, if found on your development, will require appropriate risk assessment and potentially remediation and validation.
When purchasing commercial land with the idea to develop, there are many considerations in regards to ensuring you’re making a worthwhile investment. Funding, location and change of usage are common factors, but environmental assessments can throw up cautions, and should be conducted before you commit.
Gas proof resistant membranes are installed to provide protection against harmful ground gases, including; methane, carbon dioxide, volatiles, hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide and radon gas, from being drawn into buildings by the pressure difference that exists between the inside and outside. These gases can accumulate to dangerous concentrations and should therefore be prevented from effecting…
Over the years agb Environmental has helped many clients to develop the land near, and on, former landfill sites. Click through to read our guide to building near landfills safely and successfully.
agb Environmental were interested to read that The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has issued it’s position following Defra’s C4SLs findings.
Due to the UK’s chronic housing shortage, the government has made it clear that brownfield sites shall be made easier to build upon for developers. As experts in understanding how to overcome the challenges posed by brownfield sites, including contaminated land and flood risk, agb Environmental are on hand to help developers take advantage of…
agb Environmental welcomes the launch of a new technical guidance website from the Environmental Agency (EA). The EA has recently moved to a new virtual home that includes a technical guidance page on the management of contaminated land.
Buying and developing potentially contaminated sites can be a risky business. Offering guidance from the initial desk study to successful remediation validation, agb Environmental offers three tips for cost effective solutions.
Defra has released its provisional C4SLs for the assessment of land affected by contamination, but the new screening levels face some challenges when it comes to assessing land under the Town & Country Planning Act.
Developers must review the potential for contamination when obtaining prior approval from their Local Planning Authority (LPA) before changing property use from offices to residential, reminds agb Environmental.
The prospect of needing a Phase 1 Contaminated Land Desk Study can seem daunting with such a variety of services on the market. agb Environmental clears some of the smoke surrounding the surveys.
A revised version of BS 10175, the British standard for the investigation of potentially contaminated sites, has recently been published.