Phase 1 Desk Study Reports

DBS have a wealth of experience in preparing Phase 1 Desk Study reports for a diverse range of clients including private individuals, national and local land developers, house builder’s, architects and other consultants.  We offer Phase 1 Geoenvironmental Desk Study reports (includes a contaminated land appraisal and a geotechnical appraisal), or, Phase 1 Contaminated Land Desk Study reports that are focused on planning only and risks to human health, controlled waters, property and the wider environment.

Desk Study reports are generally required as a means of assessing potential land purchase risks, to support decisions by financial institutions for lending, and/or the most common reason to support a planning application for a change of use on a site.

DBS prepare reports to a high standard, but for a very competitive cost and we work across the UK.

We have report formats for very small schemes, such as new one plot developments, and large schemes where a new housing estate or large commercial development is planned.  The core of each report is the Conceptual Model, and it is with this that DBS uses our vast experience in identifying and managing risks from contaminated land to save costs for our clients.  We address real risks to enable sites to be taken forward safely with minimal cost expenditure.  Being able to de-risk a site properly is a very specialised skill and we only use very senior consultants to undertake our risk assessments.

If you require a report for planning, we can deal directly with the regulators on your behalf, to allay any potential concerns early and to get your site through planning in the quickest possible timescales.

We provide fixed cost transparent fee quotes that are bespoke for your site, we give a fixed programme for the work (usually one week to two weeks or sooner for completion, depending on size of site and availability of information) and we deliver a quality “big consultancy” style report for a low cost.

We carry full Professional Indemnity insurance for giving expert advice, you can feel safe in appointing DBS and we guarantee that we will deliver your Phase 1 desk study work smoothly and efficiently, with no hidden or sudden cost increases.

As soon as your report is ready and approved by you, we create a full electronic copy of the report, upload it to our secure state of the art CLOUD server, and send you a link to the report so that you can download the report in minutes for storage onto your computer. We can also provide you with hard copies of the report for your records if required, and, we can also send an electronic version of the report directly to the planning case officer/contaminated land officer of your Local Planning Authority to save you valuable time.

We can also work with you through the project life cycle once you have achieved planning consent, if you need other services such as site investigation, site remediation and final regulator sign off/verification.

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We have an enviable track record in gaining planning consent, we have worked in house as specialist advisors to Local Planning Authorities on planning and contaminated land, we understand how to progress sites with minimal time and cost for our clients.

Please have a look at our Phase 1 Desk Study services page if you would like to understand more about our Phase 1 capabilities, the page can be viewed here.

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