GeoSmart Launches Free Online Knowledge Tool for Property Professionals

GeoSmart is delighted to announce the launch of its enhanced Knowledge Hub – an essential FREE resource that provides architects and planning consultants with a comprehensive library of guidance, case studies and papers to help with their clients’ development projects.

Understanding the environmental risks that could affect the site – such as Contaminated Land, Flood Risk, Sustainable Drainage Suitability and Groundwater Flood Risk  – can all have potentially huge consequences for the viability of the site. It is vital to examine the site, not just to be able to provide more comprehensive advice to your client, but also to ensure compliance with Local Authority planning conditions which are becoming ever more rigorous for new development.

The Hub provides a handy overview of each topic, explains why it is important for your client and is supported by a set of informative FAQs that our consultants are typically asked as part of their engagement with architects and planning consultants on behalf of their clients’ projects.

Uniquely, GeoSmart has also gathered together the latest Local Authority guidance on contaminated land, local flood strategies and sustainable drainage (SuDS) policies including infiltration requirements.

This essential tool streamlines fact finding and will improve engagement with Local Planning authorities when it comes to pre-planning enquiries or planning submission – enabling architects and planning consultants to advise their clients on how the scheme design has to be informed by local conditions.

We have thought long and hard about how we can refine the Knowledge Hub so that it provides practical, user-friendly tools to make architects and planning consultants workflow that little bit easiersaid Paul Ellis, Managing Director, GeoSmart Information. “The result of many months painstaking research and site development now offers design and planning professionals better tools at their fingertips.

Of course, knowing the planning conditions and local strategies is one part of the planning approach. The next step is understanding the site conditions and how scheme design can be informed by them. This is where our desktop reports for contaminated land, flood risk and sustainable drainage come into play – backed up by expert guidance from our in-house consultants.”

More information on the Knowledge Hub

For more information on how we can help with your next development project, contact us on 01743 298 100 or email