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…
agb Environmental is an environmental consultancy specialising in multi-service, multi-site development projects. We provide comprehensive environmental site assessment and coordinated constraints management.
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.
agb Environmental has significant experience of assessing and remediation get the risks posed by ground gasses. To understand more about ground gasses, get in touch with our team.
The agb Environmental Geo Team has grown significantly over the past few years, both in numbers, but also in the range of services we offer. We have achieved this through targeted hiring, formal training and project experience.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.