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Detailed Phase 1 preliminary risk assessments set the standard for the rest of the land quality investigation. Accurate identification of potential contaminant linkages allows good ground investigation design, but equally important are discounting those that are not plausible and ensuring any recommendations are site specific rather than generic.
Review of environmental constraints are an essential aspect of tender submissions to ensure, as far as possible, all risks have been identified and accounted for, making sure that post instruction, land quality surprises are avoided.
Understanding tenant activities and ultimate landlord liabilities and implementing an action plan to manage environmental legislation can help prevent large costs or even prosecution in the future.
Navigating the environmental permitting and regulatory system can seem daunting but it is important that the requirement to have a permit is assessed appropriately. There are numerous regulatory position statements and exclusions that can apply but these need to be assessed on a site-specific basis.
Hart Environmental are happy to undertake reviews to assess the need for different permits, develop risk assessments to support the application process, or just provide overarching advice.
Groundwater is a valuable resource across the UK and understanding the risks to groundwater from industrial or construction activities is essential to ensure we continue to protect this resource for future generations, and make sure adequate protection is in place to prevent pollution.
Generic screening HRAs may be requested by Water Utility companies or the Environment Agency, however these are also a useful exercise even where not formally requested. It is always industries and developers’ responsibility to ensure groundwater is adequately protected.
Where contamination has been identified a detailed hydrogeological risk assessment may be required to determine the extent of remediation needed to protect groundwater, or indeed confirm if groundwater remediation is required.
A detailed remediation strategy may be required for many reasons and is often included as a planning condition. An important part of all remediation strategies is options appraisal and sustainability assessment.
These ensure that the remedial approach is appropriate, effective and, socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable. A remediation strategy should never be a generic report.
Risks to surface water are from point sources and diffuse pollution and since both can lead to cumulative pressures on a water course, the initial starting point for all water assessments is planning for no deterioration.
Water assessments need to consider the current classification of a surface water and any current or future action plans, particularly where the development could impact or enhance delivery of these plans.
National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) – The NQMS was developed to raise standards and provide a transparent auditing approach to land quality assessments and reports. Reports that adopt the NQMS approach will be reviewed by a registered Suitably Qualified Person and include a NQMS declaration. The declaration demonstrates to Industry and Regulators that the work undertaken is of a high standard and is in line with current guidance and best practice.
Hart Environmental director, Liz Hart, is a registered suitably qualified person (SQP) under the NQMS. Hart Environmental provide technical advice and the option of partnership working on projects, and can provide detailed peer review, including where appropriate NQMS declaration.
All Hart Environmental Ltd reports adhere to this standard and include a NQMS declaration.
Hart Environmental offer a range of bespoke group and individual training courses, please email Liz@hart-environmental.co.uk for more information and to discuss your specific needs.
Prior to the excavation and stockpile of made ground and surplus clean naturally occurring topsoil and subsoil a material management plan must be in place to demonstrate a clear and intended use of material, including the intention for direct transfer where appropriate.
Hart Environmental can act as your Qualified Person to review the material management plan, ensure it adheres to the code of practice and provide the registered declaration. A QP review and declaration must be in place before made ground and imported topsoil / subsoil is reused.
Construction Soils LIVE is a web-based application specifically designed to support the construction industry transparently track soil movements and reuse.
Chartership is an important professional qualification, it demonstrates recognition of a specific level of competence and indicates the individual is accountable to a professional code of conduct.
Liz Hart is a Chartered Scientist with the Geological Society and a registered Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC)
Hart Environmental fully support and promote the National Quality Mark Scheme and our Director Liz is a registered Suitably Qualified Person under this scheme.
Liz is also a CL:AIRE registered Qualified Person supporting the implementation of the construction soils Code of Practice.
Hart Environmental Limited was founded in 2022 by Liz Hart. Liz has worked in the land quality and environmental sector since 2000.
At Hart Environmental we use our extensive experience of previous Regulatory and Consultancy work to support residential and commercial developers, landowners and industry meet their environmental obligations under Town and Country Planning, Environmental Permitting Regulations and Industrial Emissions Directive.
We are actively involved in local and national issues and we use this insight to support our Clients, anticipate changes in approach and also actively share knowledge through our social media platforms to raise standards and awareness across the industry.
Our diverse and inclusive approach ensures that decisions are never made in isolation and clients can be confident it is done right first time.
Due to our varied range of experience, we are in the unique position of being able to advise and support across multiple topics from health, hazardous gas, surface water & groundwaters, waste soils & reuse of soils, remediation options & sustainability, environmental permitting & environmental legislation. Where input is required that does not fall within our specialism, we will support clients find the right additional skills, from companies that share our ethos and will complement the project team.
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