Adeptus Phase 1 Desk Study Reports are carried out by experts, ensuring their suitability for submission in support of planning applications, the discharge of planning conditions, conveyancing and environmental due diligence. They provide concise but comprehensive assessment of the potential for a particular site to pose environmental risks, or be deemed contaminated land.
The priority at Phase 1 is to optimise future efforts and rule out unnecessary works, so the report will often indicate that no further investigation is required. Where further site investigation is suggested, the Phase 1 Environmental Report provides valuable baseline information to ensure cost effective Phase 2 Site Investigation. This enables sampling to be carried out as efficiently as possible, and avoids laboratory analysis for contaminants that are unlikely to have been brought onto the site given its previous use.
What is a Phase 1 Desk Study?
Our Phase One Desk Study involves the collation of specific information required to provide an 1 environmental site assessment and establish whether the land is likely to pose a significant risk to human health or the wider environment. This information is interpreted by our specialist contaminated land consultant and forms the basis of the preliminary conceptual site model.
The conceptual site model is central to the phase 1 desk study report and describes all potentially significant pollutant linkages thought to be present at the site using the source, pathway, receptor concept. Qualitative risk assessment is then undertaken to determine the level or absence of risk is in relation to such pollutant linkages.
Although Defra’s Model Procedures for the Management of Land Contamination describe a site walkover, this is not mandatory as often assumed, and so not always required. However, a number of local authorities require a site walkover/visual inspection with any phase one land contamination report. A site walkover results in a small additional cost to the client, but the visual land contamination survey can prove extremely valuable in terms of the information gained. Our constants will always establish whether a reconnaissance visit is required and provide you with a fixed phase 1 environmental report cost before commencement.
Phase 1 Desk Study Report – what’s included?
Adeptus’ Phase 1 Environmental Reports include the following as standard:
- Environmental setting – surrounding land use and ecosystems
- Expected geology, hydrogeology and proximity to controlled water
- Flood Risk
- Detailed site history (with reference to potentially contaminating activities)
- Contaminant sources potentially present on and around the site
- Receptors potentially at risk (e.g. people property, water, ecosystems)
- Pathways for potential exposure
- Expert judgement on the significance of potential pollutant linkages identified
- Level of risk clearly communicated in relation to previous, current and any proposed use
Why do I need a Phase 1 Desktop Study Report?
Also known as a phase 1 contamination report, contaminated land assessment, or land contamination report, the desktop study is vital to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. Suitability for proposed site use is determined by assessing the impacts of any potential contamination in line with proposals. Where there is a likelihood that the site may not be suitable for use in its current condition, the report is used to establish a suitable, pragmatic course of action for phase 2 site investigation.
Our phase 1 environmental site assessments are also undertaken on behalf of business and property purchasers to help identify and quantify potential environmental liabilities through a comprehensive understanding of the site and its circumstances.
Please reach us via the contact us page, or on 0161 667 1292 to discuss your desk study requirement with a contaminated land consultant.