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  • Launch of new GeoSmart Knowledge Hub

Upcoming Webinars

An Introduction to Flood Risk Assessments
CPD Webinar (free)
11 September

Understanding Groundwater Flood Risk
CPD Webinar (free)
25 September

Understanding Sustainable Drainage Systems
CPD Webinar (free)
9 October

Latest blog posts

Permitted Development: Do I need a Flood Risk Assessment?

GeoSmart discusses permitted development and when a flood risk assessment may be required when developing a site.

Leak Reduction and Asset Protection

England’s water companies have signed up to a number of pledges, including tripling the rate of leakage reduction across the sector by 2030.

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Welcome to our July e-newsletter

GeoSmart is delighted to announce the launch of its enhanced Knowledge Hub

This is 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.

Contaminated Land
It is essential to review site history and assess land quality at the earliest stage for your client. If a potential pollution risk is identified, for example through our historic site research, then a site investigation can be undertaken to understand the nature of any possible contamination.

Flood Risk
One of the biggest constraints will be flood risk zoning for development. Your role is to identify what the limitations are and the potential design responses where development would be allowed. You need to assess the site in the context of its flood zones, engagement with the regulators and review of the Local Authority’s Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

Sustainable Drainage

The site may require effective drainage with a series of natural features as a planning constraint. You may need to guide your client through this as you develop the scheme design and plot numbers as part of viability calculations.

Groundwater Flood Risk
You may have purchased a site with a view to develop it, or you are an architect with a client who needs to appraise the site for master planning submission or to meet conditions. In both instances, you need to know the drainage characteristics and whether groundwater could have an impact on the surface water flood management and sustainable drainage approach, as determined by the Local Planning Authority. If the site has an industrial past, there may be contaminants in the soil which could be spread by groundwater.

Site Assessment Reports from GeoSmart


Could the Site be potentially contaminated?

Phase 1 Contaminated Land Surveys for planning applications, building regulations and property transactions


Could flood risk affect your development?

Flood Risk Assessment Reports to support planning applications, property transactions, planning consultants, the legal market and insurance

Is the site suitable for sustainable drainage (SuDS) features? What strategy could be needed?

Sustainable Drainage Reports (SuDS) for planning applications and property transactions

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