This page is about commercially available environmental searches and council reports in accordance Environmental Information Regulations.
In addition to the search of the Local Land Charges register, due to the advice issued by the Law Society to its members then it is normal for the purchaser to be supplied with an environmental search, either by their legal representative or by making their own enquiries.
The information on the commercially available environmental searches is compiled by a company from it’s own records; it does not necessarily obtain information from the local council. These reports give a variety of information about the surrounds of the property including the coincidence of it with a previous land use that had potential to cause contamination. There are a number of commercial organisations that sell datasets to the companies that provide environmental searches.
Where the standard report indicates that the property may be located on or near to a piece of land that was subject to a former use that may have caused contamination, then some companies offer additional services such as a professional view on the likelihood of contamination and risk. It is common for this additional report to suggest that additional enquiries are made of the council.
The council can provide its own report on the information that it holds on land when it receives a request made in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations. Other than on an individual request basis, the council does not supply this to the commercial companies. Visit the Environmental Information Regulation request page.
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- Tel: 01737 276000.
Last updated : 11/07/2011