Although there is no professional obligation1 to make an environmental data search it is regarded as a standard search in most residential and all commercial transactions2.
The search is generally made online via a search provider3. No protection is given by the search result. There is no standard application form but the land must usually be identified either by a plan or grid reference. A fee is payable for the search.
The information obtained from the search result may include a land use survey (including past uses of the land), floodplain data and a risk assessment. Flood risk is of material
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