Importance of planning searches for conveyancers hits home with the latest new build figures

Importance of planning searches for conveyancers hits home with the latest new build figures

With new figures released today by Department for Communities and Local Government revealing that the number of new homes has risen by 25% over the past year, conveyancing search provider, SearchFlow stresses the importance of conveyancers carrying out planning searches.

Greg Bryce, Managing Director of SearchFlow, comments: “These record figures, revealing the highest annual increase in a generation, are very positive for the property industry. But, it is clear that it is now more important than ever to address planning in your search to avoid any potential risk for both you and the homebuyer. The Government has put in place a number of initiatives to boost house building; such as the neighbourhood plan which puts powers in the hands of people, first time buyer schemes, planning reforms to support small businesses and the planning in principle initiative. However, in recent months, under the backdrop of increased house building development, there have been some high profile cases of law firms found to have failed to explain planning report findings, resulting in millions of pounds in pay out. At SearchFlow, we offer Plansearch Plus to your search packs, which will include the latest planning applications, land use designation and more general issues on the neighbourhoods such as rights of way, local schools and amenitities, to give you the added security of a complete and comprehensive report.”

This article was submitted to be published by SearchFlow 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.



SearchFlow is the UK’s largest provider of legal due diligence data for residential and commercial property transactions. Since its formation, it has supported over 5,000,000 instructions and delivered 26,000,000 searches; this equates to around 1 in every 4 property transactions in the UK.

SearchFlow recognises that proactively supporting each client’s journey is vital to delivering the right due diligence insights, searches, data, surveys and insurance for every transaction – whether a single residential property or a complex commercial portfolio. Via its advanced online ordering platform and backed-up by an award-winning customer service team, SearchFlow supports clients in delivering the conveyancing solutions needed to manage due diligence risk and achieve compliance.

By partnering with SearchFlow, property law professionals in the UK can deliver smarter, safer, and faster property transactions to their customers.

Based in Kent, SearchFlow is a Landmark Information Group business, which is part of DMGT plc.

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