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Upcoming Webinars

Contaminated Land - Imacts and Implications on Property and Development 
CPD Webinar (free)
14 November

An Introduction to Flood Risk Assessments
CPD Webinar (free)
28 November

Understanding Groundwater Flood Risk
CPD Webinar (free)
5 December

Christmas EA Floods Report turnaround 

Christmas may still feel like a way away to some of you, but remember the Environment Agency (EA) have a statutory 20 working day turnaround time to supply their data for Flood Risk Assessments. Our FloodSmart Plus and Pro reports require this data, with 10 working days to then produce the report, so any FRA's need to be instructed by 9th November 2018 to get the report submitted before Christmas.

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Welcome to our October e-newsletter

Our team has grown again here at GeoSmart - this month we welcome Alan White, who will joining us as a Principal Consultant. Alan specialises in Contaminated Land but has valuable experience across the whole environmental sector.

What is a Drainage Assessment?

Every planning application needs a drainage assessment. These can vary considerably between Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and depend on the proposed size of the development, as well as the sensitivity of the local environment and topography to flooding or drainage issues. A crucial early part of the assessment is the identification of risks and sensitivities that the site may present.

We also published a blog post about how such assessments are required for major developments (10 dwellings or above) by Local Planning Authorities.

Government backs 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 past use of any site. It can affect the economic viability or block the go ahead, in the absence of financial support. Recognising that this is one of the roadblocks in the path to meeting supply, Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced two new government funds to speed up the house building process.

Sustainable drainage systems mandatory on new developments in Wales

New legislation has been implemented in Wales, making SuDS a mandatory requirement for all new developments. The commencement order has been made by the Welsh Government for the legislation to come into force on 7th January 2019. The legislation will ensure resilient drainage systems for new developments in both urban and rural areas. Our range of SuDS Reports support planning applications and property transactions in Wales.

GeoSmart website's new Live Chat feature

Have a question about any of our products whilst browsing our website? Now you can send a message on our new live chat feature. Someone will answer your query as soon as possible. The feature is available throughout our website.

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