Expert advice to help you interpret your property data
What is Radon, and should I worry?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the uranium present in all rocks and soils and can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colourless, and odourless and exists in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors everywhere and indoors, in many areas the radon levels are low and the risk to health is small.
What is Green Belt, and should I worry?
With rare exceptions, before the Second World war, there were relatively few restrictions on building in the countryside. This led to the fear that unconstrained development would lead to towns and cities merging into one big sprawl and the loss of the “green lungs” that surrounded centres of population.
Energy Performance Certificates
When you are looking for a new washing machine or TV, you’ll see multicoloured stickers indicating the energy rating of the appliance. Whilst you won’t find one on the front of your new home, you will find, amongst the sales particulars, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
You may come across one of a variety of acronyms when you are house hunting that relate to ecological designations. One of these is SSSI which stands for a “Site of Special Scientific Interest” or ASSI (“Area of Special Scientific Interest”) in Northern Ireland. This is an area of land that has been designated by the National Environment body for special protection measures when they believe that the location has features of special interest, such as its wildlife, geology, or landform.
Although it is now virtually extinct as an industry in Britain, there is a long history of coal mining going back to and beyond the middle ages, and whilst you might think that you know where it has taken place, coal is much more widespread than you might think. Aside from areas you may think of, coal mining has historically taken place in such places as Devon, Kent, Somerset, Pembrokeshire, Lincolnshire and Sutherland.