Changes To Planning Laws - What You Need To Know
As part of the Prime Ministers drive to boost the economy, Boris Johnson has initiated changes to the current planning laws which come into effect in September. The overhaul to the planning system has been long awaited and arguably overdue. The changes that will take effect in September include allowing many commercial buildings to change to residential use without a planning application.
What is Environmental Due Diligence?
This is a comprehensive appraisal of a business or piece of land undertaken by a prospective buyer. It is an investigation that a business or persons should undertake to establish assets and liabilities and evaluate its commercial potential. It encompasses all spheres of life but has become particularly pertinent when applying to land purchases. As more businesses understand the term sustainability, this is especially relevant when making commercial real estate investments as professionals are demanding transparency and assurance that purchases are environmentally sustainable.
Where Would I Find Asbestos in My Home?
Asbestos was a material that was widely used within construction and other major industries in the UK for a long period of time. As the towns and cities that we know today took shape in the late 1800s through to post-war Britain, asbestos was extensively used in many different areas. It was a substance that occurred naturally, could be mined in a relatively cost-effective way, ...
What is a Phase 1 Desk Study?
The Artisan Surveyors team has extensive experience conducting thorough environmental assessments for our clients. With our knowledge and expertise, we can provide all the data and information required prior to the development, re-development or acquisition of a site, leaving no stone unturned and no nasty surprises. What is a Phase 1 Desk Study? A Desk Study is a pragmatic pre ...
The Risks of Asbestos on Demolition Projects
We all know about the risks attached to asbestos in buildings that were constructed before the UK-wide ban came into practice back in 1999. Understanding the need for assistance from a licensed asbestos management company will help you to come to terms with how to remain safe at all times when faced with potential disruption of asbestos-containing materials in a building. This ...
The Different Types of Asbestos
We still experience a large number of deaths every year in the UK as a result of exposure to asbestos. Even though it has been fully banned in this country since 1999 and some types of asbestos were banned decades prior to that even, it is still present in many different buildings that were constructed prior to the banning orders. If you come across asbestos in a building that ...
Refurbishment And Demolition: When An Asbestos Survey Is Needed
Asbestos and asbestos containing materials can be deadly when disturbed and asbestos fibres are released into the air. It only takes one instance of exposure to asbestos for a person to become ill with a life-changing (and often deadly) asbestos-related illness. That is why it is so important to understand whether there is asbestos present when a building is to undergo refurbishment or demolition.