Environmental issues, especially those around contaminated land have become a key part of the conveyancing process.
Before purchasing a commercial property it’s important you know about the historical use of the land and building. This includes such as gas works, chemical works, petrol stations and manufacturing as well as any environmental risks associated with that. Toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and other metals can remain in the ground for years.
A commercial Environmental Search by CNC Searches gives you in-depth historical information about the property and its vicinity, information that’s not always available on Local Authority Registers.
An Environmental Search identifies a property’s previous use and whether that creates a potential environmental risk, health hazard, or whether it’s risk-free. It highlights issues such as landslips, subsidence, contaminated land due to historical landfills and the risk of flooding from nearby rivers or sea.