Elliott Environmental Surveyors work with clients and regulators to achieve cost effective solutions to contaminated land problems. As Chartered Environmental Surveyors, we are uniquely positioned to give high quality strategic advice to clients on the environmental aspects of property ownership and development. Our advice is tailored to the needs of our client and is designed to maximise the investment value of the land or property.
Any proposal for development on brownfield land will be subject to scrutiny by the local authority before planning permission is granted. If the site is likely to affect groundwater, the Environment Agency will also be involved. These regulators expect robust assessment of the site which closely follows the guidance they have published.
Increasing pressure on land resources is leading to more developers turning to the regeneration of brownfield sites. These sites offer valuable commercial opportunities, but may also present challenges in terms of pre-planning assessment, planning conditions, regulations and liabilities. EES is focused on helping clients overcome these barriers by combining environmental expertise with our clear understanding of developers’ requirements.
Environmental Risk and Liability Audits
Knowledge of the type and extent of any contamination and the potential cost of remediation can be vital in land negotiations and project budgeting. We use a range of desktop and site investigation techniques to gauge the extent of environmental liabilities and to provide estimates of likely costs. We can also advise on planning requirements and regulatory involvement which may stem from developing brownfield sites.
The key to brownfield consultancy is up to date knowledge. We are involved at national and regional level in organisations who lead professional practice, including presenting papers at conferences and seminars, and contributing to professional guidance for RICS and the Joint Industry Working Group on Asbestos. This includes the RICS, North East Contaminated Land Forum and the Society for the Environment.