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Government Backed Funds to Unlock Brownfield Land Opportunity

Brownfield Land presents a significant opportunity for developers. It is favoured in local plans as priority areas for new build, it revitalises urban centres and prevents sprawl.  But there is also the potential risk of contaminated land based on the […]
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What is a Phase 1 Contaminated Land Risk Assessment?

Contaminated land contains substances that are actually or potentially hazardous to health or the environment. A contaminated land risk assessment is used to evaluate the potential for these to substances to cause harm or damage, consider the level of risk […]
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What are the Stages of a Contaminated Land Risk Assessment?

Contaminated land risk assessment generally follows a phased approach. The investigation and remediation process is usually split into four separate phases or stages: Phase 1 – Desk Study and Site Survey A preliminary risk assessment is required to obtain a […]
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NPPF Revision: Better Designed Homes, More Sustainable Impact

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been revised by the government. It is designed to give Councils the authority to challenge poor quality and unattractive development. They seek to get homes built in the right places in a way […]
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Sewers for Adoption: SuDS at the Heart of New Development

Water UK has just released the 8th edition of Sewers for Adoption, providing clearer guidance for developers on what Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be adopted. Its publication marks a significant moment in the history of SuDS and could lead […]
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Susdrain Awards: The Best in SuDS Design

We were delighted to attend the annual Susdrain Awards in London this week, as part of our commitment to supporting and recognising the best in SuDS design. Susdrain is a community that provides a range of resources for practitioners involved […]
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Surface Water Management Plan: Better Mapping and Data is Key

The Government this week released its Surface Water Action Plan, aiming to tackle surface water flooding which affects up to 3.2 million properties in England. It seeks to bring our preparedness more closely into line with that from main rivers […]
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SuDS in Wales: Mandatory Implementation set for January 2019

Following a series of consultations on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), the Welsh Minister for Environment has now signed the Commencement Order. This brings Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 into force in Wales. From January 7 […]
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Double Trouble: Two Shropshire Floods in Two Days

Shropshire bore the brunt of two severe flash floods that came in quick succession to the county affecting town and countryside alike. We review events and show that flooding is not all about rivers. The plume of humid, moist air […]
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Basement Groundwater Flood Risk: Key issue for London Planning Applications

Recent research by Newcastle University has revealed the dramatic increase in planning applications for basement developments in West London. But could these huge investments be affected by growing groundwater flooding risk in the future? From 2008 to 2017, some 4,650 […]
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