Improve awareness of planning developments with DevAssist from Searches UK

An international law firm was recently ordered to pay £1.8 million in damages after a court found that they had failed to correctly inform their clients, buying a London property, about a nearby development.

Receive accurate and reliable information from Searches UK who offer a DevAssess report from DevAssist which reveals past, current and future planning and development risks within a 75 meter radius of a property. The report gives a unique and professional opinion about the impact of such schemes on a property and how this can affect the client’s transaction.

The key features of this search include:

  • Site specific mapping showing any identified site, together with density predictions
  • Information about the size of each identified site, together with density predictions
  • Includes a full Landmark PlansearchPlus or Groundsure Planning report, providing information about current commercial and residential planning applications (including larger and ‘minor applications’ such as single storey extensions and dormer windows within the immediate vicinity), together with information on land use designations, rights of way, mobile phone masts, housing and neighborhood data, together with crime, amenities and education information
  • Aerial photography

This milestone ruling puts the onus on disclosing planning information to clients firmly on the shoulders of the solicitor or conveyancer acting for buyers. A DevAssess report, which is clear and easy to digest, will help reduce the risk of a claim at a later date, as well as give your client the very best insight into post, present and future planning to help them make an informed decisions as to whether to proceed with the purchase.

Knowledge and understanding of local planning information is fundamental when purchasing a property. To avoid potential costly damage claims ensure you reveal all there is to know about your client’s property-to-be with this insightful search. To find out more about DevAssess reports please contact Searches UK on 0800 043 1815 or visit

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