Avoiding the minefield of land contamination

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18 July 2016

Basic CMYKDon’t be caught out by the new statutory guidance on land contamination. Thames Water Property Searches can advise you how to protect your client from unforeseen environmental liabilities.

Local authorities now have new guidance on how they decide whether land is contaminated or not. The Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance 2012 has replaced the previous statutory guidance issued under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, although legislation remains unchanged (click here to view The Law Society Practice Note dated 13 April  2016).

Both Industrial and commercial activity may result in land contamination, which if not properly dealt with, could pose a risk to the public health or the environment.

Land is only treated as ‘contaminated land’ for legal purposes if it poses an unacceptable risk but can be a significant issue in a small number of transactions and, if not identified correctly, environmental liabilities may arise.

Seeking specialist assistance is essential. We have a range of thorough and reliable property searches (both residential and commercial) that can identify any potential risks and help you protect your client, for example; Envirosearch Residential, Homebuyers, Sitecheck Assess and Site Solutions to name a few.

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We are the ideal business partner for conveyancers. All your searches are taken care of quickly and reliably. What’s more, additional support is there when you need it, making your professional life simpler.

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If you would like to find out more about our products or would simply like some advice, please do not hesitate to contact our customer experience team on 0845 070 9148 or visit www.thameswater-propertysearches.co.uk


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