Improve awareness of planning developments with DevAssist from Searches UK

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

Searches UK

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.

Contact: Searches UK

Tel: 01273 776625

Email: [email protected]


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