Wed, 21 Nov 07
Land contamination could be the biggest financial threat to Scottish homeowners, potentially costing them up to £250,000 per acre to clear up. So why then do 97% of homeowners in
According to Landmark Information Group, the
Barry Love, Environmental Partner at leading
The reality is that the buck stops with them and buyers could save themselves thousands of pounds by simply asking their solicitor for an environmental report. Simple due diligence on environmental issues from your Solicitor could ensure that you enjoy the safety and comfort of you home.
Due diligence ‘essential’
James Sherwood Rogers, Managing Director of Landmark Legal and Financial comments: The best way to check if your property is affected is to get an environmental search carried out.
Buyers need to insist that their solicitor provides them with a comprehensive environmental and planning report as part of the searches carried out before a property purchase.
Research undertaken by Landmark indicates that in some parts of
The Rutherglen chemical works offloaded industrial waste around the area in the 1950s, which has contaminated the groundwater with Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium VI)***. Chromium (VI) is known to be toxic and carcinogenic and was the main pollutant found in drinking water featured in the film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts.
Buck stops with the homeowner
Homes built on former industrial sites are particularly at risk. One such example is at
Other examples include a block of flats built on a former gasworks in Invergordon, which were finally demolished over a year after contaminated land was identified and residents re-housed.
The Scottish Executive has been able to help financially in many of these cases but where the original polluter cannot be found, ultimately the cost lies with the homeowner.
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