Are concerns about solar farms becoming an issue for homebuyers?

Are concerns about solar farms becoming an issue for homebuyers?

According to a recent article from The Law Society, a planning application to construct a solar installation in Burstow, Surrey, has caused controversy among local residents who are concerned about the negative impact a solar farm could have on the value of their property.

Understandably residents are seeing red about the development in the Green Belt area, as the 24 acre site will also include a security fence and CCTV system that will cover the length of roughly 13 football fields. With an increase in developments of solar farms rising by 79% between 2013 and 2014, the likelihood of a solar farm affecting the value of a property is also rising.

Searches UK work alongside environmental land specialists Groundsure, Landmark and Future Climate Info to supply accurate, data driven searches that include planning permissions of wind and solar farms which highlight the effect these could have on the value of a property, not to mention the views and sound levels surrounding it.

Due to the rising concerns of residents towards these farms, it is becoming more essential to cover these issues when ordering property searches. Searches UK’s intelligent online ordering platform also has over 15 potential hazard alerts, which highlights potential risks to a property that may not have been initially evident to begin with.

Andrew Stenning, Managing Director at Searches UK said:

“We understand that the effects of having a solar farm near a property can cause uneasiness for residents. Working alongside environmental industry specialist means we can supply accurate searches that cover all areas of environmental risk, which includes planning permissions of solar farms, so that your clients can make informed decisions on whether to proceed with the property transactions, knowing all of the facts.”

To find out more about Searches UK and the services offered, please visit or call 0800 043 1815.

This article was submitted to be published by Searches UK as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

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Searches UK is one of the country's leading Conveyancing Search providers.  Founded on the idea that you can combine first-class service with accurate and reliable conveyancing searches without having to compromise, it is our goal to ensure you get the results you need quickly and efficiently.

We offer the full range of conveyancing searches, for both residential and conveyancing transactions, which can be ordered along with our Buyer Protect Scheme if required, ensuring that your clients benefit from our unique reimbursement scheme and are protected from some of the associated costs, should the transaction not complete.  We also offer a wide range of title insurance and indemnity policies and can provide fast turnaround times on EPCs, AML ID checks, Asbestos Surveys and Fire Risk Assessments too.

All our searches are backed with fully comprehensive PI insurance, giving you complete confidence and peace of mind.

We don't use call centres, so when you choose Searches UK, you get direct dial access to one of our skilled conveyancing search specialists, who will have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the most accurate results possible at the best value for money.

At Searches UK we understand the difficulties you face in dealing with your risk and compliance obligations and we have ourselves been applauded by Legal Eye for having extremely robust systems in place.  In July 2012 we became the first search provider to have been awarded the Legal Eye Quality Standard.

As well as being an appointed representative of First Title Insurance plc, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 202103.

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