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Environmental package

Environmental issues can have a major impact on property values and development plans. This package gives you the up to date information you need to identify the environmental issues which may affect your site in order to make quick informed decisions about the best way forward. The information in this package allows you to carry out initial desk based analysis for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

Areas of natural importance

This information layer displays the locations and classification of areas deemed by three official bodies to be of natural importance. These areas include ancient woodlands, sites of special scientific interest, Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance), among others.

  • Ancient woodland
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • Biogenetic reserves
  • Biospheric reserves
  • Country parks
  • Local nature reserves
  • National Nature Reserves (NNRs)
  • National parks
  • Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance)
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
  • Special protection areas
  • Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
  • RSPB reserves (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
  • Rights of way
  • Agricultural land

Radon potential

This layer has been created jointly by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA). It displays the current definitive map of radon affected areas in the Great Britain. This layer provides the answer to one of the standard legal enquiries on house purchase, known as CON29 Standard Enquiry of Local Authority; 3.13 Radon Gas: Location of the Property in a radon Affected Area. It also provides information on the level of protection required for new buildings under BR 211 (2007) Radon: Guidance on protective measures for new buildings.

    Soil geochemistry

    Various elements that occur naturally in the environment can under certain circumstances become harmful to plants, animals or people. Whether or not an element constitutes a hazard depends on a variety of factors including its chemical form, concentration, behaviour and the extent to which it may be taken up by living organisms. These layers indicate the estimated geometric mean concentrations of elements based on soil and sediment samples.

    • Arsenic
    • Cadmium
    • Chromium
    • Nickel
    • Lead
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