Search Alerts


The PSG online ordering system, PSG Connect is enhanced with a Search Alert system which is designed to support your compliance with part 5.4.2 of the Lenders Handbook and the SRA’s and CLC’s Code of Conduct.  Search Alerts help identify locality specific risks and information in the vicinity of your subject property which you should consider as part of your due diligence.  The Search Alert will also recommend property specific searches and reports which detail the actual level of the risk to your specific transaction.

Each with it own parameters, products that have a search alert are as follows:

Mining

Coal: This search alert uses data provided by the Coal Authority on areas that could be affected by coal mining. These are provided as polygons. A 25m buffer is placed around the centre point/polygon. If the property or the buffer falls within one of these polygons the alert will flag.

Coal & Cheshire Brine: This search alert uses data provided by the Coal Authority on areas that could be affected by coal mining and/or brine. These are provided as polygons. A 25m buffer is automatically placed around the centre point/polygon. If the property or the buffer falls within one of these polygons the alert will flag.

China Clay /Ball Clay: This search alert uses data provided by Kaolin and Ball Clay Association, based on postcode sector. It identifies areas based on postcode that could be affected by clay mining. A 25m buffer is automatically applied around the centre point/polygon.

Mineral Extraction

Our Mineral Extraction alert data is supplied by Terrafirma, as part of their TerraSearch® range. The alert willflag if the property is, or has ever been, affected by over 60 minerals and mining hazards within a 250m radius.If the alert returns a positive result for coal mining, the radius is reduced to 25m.

Radon

This search alert is based upon the 1km Radon Atlas which was compiled by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the British Geological Survey (BGS). The Atlas identifies the highest risk found in each 1km grid square. A 50m buffer has been applied to the point or polygon outline. If this buffer falls within an area at risk the alert will flag.

Flood

Fluvial and/or Pluvial. A Fluvial search alert uses data from the Environment Agency to identify the risk from river and tidal flooding within 250m of a point or polygon outline. A Pluvial search alert is based upon JBA postcode data and indicates possible surface water/ pluvial flooding risks. The alert automatically applies a 25m buffer around the point or polygon boundary. If this buffer falls within a postcode that has an associated risk the alert will flag.

HS2/CrossRail

The HS2 search alert data comes from HS2 Ltd, and the Crossrail data has been sourced and digitised by Groundsure. HS2 is searched to 5000m of the point or polygon boundary and Crossrail is searched to 500m of the network. If either returns a positive result the alert is flagged

Rail and Tube

The Rail and Tube alert will return a positive result if the property/site is located within the M25 and within 250m of the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, active railways or abandoned railways and tunnels.

Energy Exploration

The Energy risk alert returns a positive result if the property/site is within 5000m of any Energy and Infrastructure (Fracking) alerts:

  • Existing or proposed Onshore wells (conventional oil and gas, coalbed methane, shale etc)
  • Existing or proposed wind turbines (it does not include planning applications for single wind turbines)
  • Existing or proposed power stations or nuclear installations
  • Existing or proposed solar farms

Ground Stability

The Ground Stability risk alert will return a positive result if the property/site is within 75m of an area affected by natural ground subsidence or shallow mining or infilled land or historical underground workings or historical surface ground workings or historical mining features or natural cavities or mining cavities or historic landfill or current landfills.

Planning

The Planning search alert is provided on Groundsure and is based on information held by Glenigan, a leading aggregator of planning data.   The alert will flag if a planning application is identified as being lodged in the last 10 years, based on a specified search buffer.

 

  1. Extensions or home improvements on a single dwelling*

  2. A small residential development of one or two new dwellings**

  3. A medium development (mainly residential) of 3 to 9 dwellings***

  4.  A large development (mainly residential) of ten or more dwellings****

  5. A small non-residential and mixed-use land project under £250k build cost****

  6. A large non-residential project over £250k build cost****

  7. A mega non-residential project over £200 million build cost****

 

Search Buffers

*75m

**100m for urban and 250m for rural

***150m for urban and 250m for rural

****250m for urban and 500m for rural

 

To find out more about our search alerts, please contact your local office.


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