A Phase 1 Desktop Study (see
an example desktop study) is often required by local planning authorities,
when applying for planning permission. New build and change of use both
require planning and therefore a Phase 1 Desktop Study to be compiled (desktop
A "Desktop Study" report outlines the
Site History, Geology and Hydrogeology, and any environmental
risk associated with that particular plot.
We put together this information in the form of a
Desktop Study Report that
can be submitted at the relevant time to the local planning
If you are buying land and are worried about possible
contamination (an old garage forecourt for example) then it is wise to have an
carried out before purchase.
Other sites with dubious past histories / possible contamination issues
-Petrol Stations -Farms -Work Shops -Coal Yards -Factories -Industrial Units -Brewery -Gas Works -Timber Yards / Saw Mills -Shops -Restaurants
Contaminated Land News
EA releases "Guiding Principles for Land Contamination"
Te EA has released a collection of "guidance that replaces our
document ’Environment Agency requirements for land contamination
reports’." The guidance is aimed at land owners, specialists and
consultants and clarifies the governments stance on dealing with
the large areas of contaminated land in the UK.