Latest ‘sinkhole’ alerts conveyancers and homebuyers to importance of ground stability due diligence

Latest ‘sinkhole’ alerts conveyancers and homebuyers to importance of ground stability due diligence

RiskView Residential warns of High Risk of ground dissolution and history of natural cavities within 250m of latest sinkhole incident in Ripon, Yorkshire

Landmark Information Group, the land and property data specialists, is reminding homebuyers and property solicitors of the importance of researching ground stability risks when progressing the purchase and conveyancing process of property transactions, following the latest reports of a 20m x 10m sinkhole that has this week appeared in the back gardens of two homes in Ripon, Yorkshire.

Having run a RiskView Residential report to retrospectively assess the area in question, the Landmark report has identified that the Ripon properties are located in an area where natural ground instability hazards could occur. In particular it highlights a ‘high risk’ relating to the potential for Ground Dissolution, and a ‘moderate’ risk for potential Compressible Ground hazards.

The RiskView Residential report highlights evidence of the previous occurrence of other natural ‘sinkhole’ cavities in the surrounding area.  It therefore recommends obtaining advice from a specialist surveyor for further guidance.

This matches findings from a case study the British Geological Survey (BGS) produced in 2014 following a collapse at a property in Magdelan Close, Ripon, which runs adjacent to the latest sinkhole. The report shows the susceptibility of ground instability caused as a result of dissolving Gypsum, which has led to the formation of a cave system.  This has led to reports of collapses due to ground instability from as far back as 1834.

Rob Phillipson, Sales and Product Director at Landmark Information Group said: “Ground stability issues are, indeed, becoming increasingly pertinent to home-movers, which is one reason why so many solicitors are now choosing the RiskView Residential as their default search; all environmental risks are comprehensively covered, giving peace of mind to all parties involved. Issues like this can happen anywhere and so undertaking the right searches at the outset to determine potential risks is so important for all concerned.”

In one single order, RiskView Residential presents the findings previously provided in four separate reports: Flood Risk, Contaminated Land, Ground Hazards, and Energy & Infrastructure.  The combined analysis is delivered in an easy-to-read lightweight PDF report, which includes interactive web-links enabling conveyancers and their clients to click-through and instantly view the data within an interactive online map.

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This article was submitted to be published by Landmark Information Group as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

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About Landmark Information

Landmark Information is the UK’s leading provider of land and property search information, including digital mapping and environmental risk reports for property professionals.

It provides environmental, planning and other location-based risk information to the residential and commercial property sectors in England, Wales and Scotland, supporting legal and conveyancing professionals in their property due diligence, in line with the Law Society and SRA requirements.  

Landmark’s data and reports interpret risk and provide clear, concise guidance and solutions (where risk is identified) to ensure that conveyancers meet regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring transactions progress as smoothly as possible with purchasers able to make fully-informed decisions.

Landmark’s RiskView all-in-one environmental reports, offer a unique online viewer to help legal professionals and consumers understand and visualise potential risks at a given address. It provides concise and easy-to-interpret Contaminated Land, Flood, Ground Hazards and Energy & Infrastructure risk data, as well as interactive maps and further information for the buyer.  RiskView reports are available for both residential and commercial transactions.

In addition, the Landmark Academy was launched to help property lawyers and conveyancers meet the evolving training requirements, while maintaining competencies. The Academy provides guidance on Landmark reports, includes on-demand webinars and a range of supporting materials, and is available to access free of charge.

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