Planning and Infrastructure Searches

The vast majority of purchasers are worried about development risks near their target property and it is estimated that between 10% and 20% will be affected. New developments are not revealed in a local authority search but the York Place order process alerts you to nearby planning applications and recommends an appropriate search to allow a purchaser to assess risk.

Since the case of Orientfield Holdings Ltd v Bird & Bird LLP, where a firm of solicitors was sued for negligence for failing to pass on information about substantial development plans near the client's proposed purchase, it has become critical that development risk is properly measured.

We offer a range of products to allow an evaluation to be made.


Product Name Provider Summary Suitable for
Groundsure Homebuyer's Plus Groundsure This is a new accurate residential environmental risk report, an enhanced version of the existing Homebuyers report which will keep your transaction moving faster. It reviews flood, contaminated land, ground stability risks such as energy, transportation and planning to provide comprehensive environmental checks for a residential property.

The report is based on Land Registry polygons, and has several new features, vastly improved layout, design and clearer navigations, all improving conveyancer workflow.
Residential property transactions
Groundsure Planning Groundsure A complete planning and neighbourhood assessment for the vicinity of a residential property, providing detailed insight on the locality and potential impacts to the client. Standard residential property transactions
Plansearch Landmark Provides information on planning applications in the vicinity Residential property transactions
Plansearch Plus Landmark Provides information on planning applications in the vicinity, details of local authority planning policy as well as neighbourhood information Residential property transactions
Groundsure HS2 and Energy Groundsure This combination report provides insight on the location of both planned and existing energy extraction and generation installations whilst also detailing the proximity of the property to the Crossrail network and proposed High Speed 2 route. Standard residential and commercial property transactions
Groundsure HS2 and Crossrail Groundsure Identifies whether a property is near the proposed route of Phase 1 or Phase 2 of HS2 within a 5000m radius. Standard residential and commercial property transactions
Sitesolutions Energy and Infrastructure Argyll An accurate search which provides details of a number of energy and infrastructure projects across the UK including HS2 Standard residential and commercial property transactions
Devcheck DevAssist Originally targeted towards executors responsible for establishing the best value on property. DevCheck is now widely used by solicitors, estate agents, asset managers, accountants and debt recovery experts to establish whether a property has development potential Standard residential and commercial property transactions
DevAssess DevAssist DevAssess combines existing planning information with a detailed investigation that exposes unexploited development sites. It reveals to homebuyers potential construction activity and nuisance planning applications that could affect the enjoyment of the property. The report also identifies the new build development potential of the subject property. Residential transactions
DevLondon DevAssist A specialised report for London properties which analyses nearby developments in detail. Standard residential and commercial property transactions
Planval Planning Planval PlanVal Planning risk assessments better inform you and your clients' with a comprehensive local planning review. With data from Glenigan, the UK's leading authority on historical planning data, this report details retail and major planning applications, mobile masts, environmentally sensitive areas and much more.

Product Name Provider Summary Suitable for
Sitecheck Planning Landmark Commercial planning report covering planning applications and decision notices, local facilities, mobile phone masts, crime rates and number of theft insurance claims in the area Commercial property transactions
Sitesolutions Energy and Infrastructure Argyll An accurate search which provides details of a number of energy and infrastructure projects across the UK Standard residential and commercial property transactions
Groundsure Planview Groundsure Market leading historic planning data covering residential & commercial planning applications from the last 10 years, environmentally & culturally sensitive sites, mobile masts, radon and transport infrastructure, designed specifically to assist with commercial property transactions. Commercial property transactions
Groundsure HS2 and Energy Groundsure This combination report provides insight on the location of both planned and existing energy extraction and generation installations whilst also detailing the proximity of the property to the Crossrail network and proposed High Speed 2 route. Standard residential and commercial property transactions
Devcheck DevAssist Originally targeted towards executors responsible for establishing the best value on property. DevCheck is now widely used by solicitors, estate agents, asset managers, accountants and debt recovery experts to establish whether a property has development potential. Standard residential and commercial property transactions
DevLondon DevAssist A specialised report for London properties which analyses nearby developments in detail. Standard residential and commercial property transactions
DevAquire DevAssist DevAcquire ensures that you understand the risk of development impacting the asset and also looks to make sure that the assets underlying value will not be affected by development. Commercial property transactions
Planval Planning Planval PlanVal Planning risk assessments better inform you and your clients' with a comprehensive local planning review. With data from Glenigan, the UK's leading authority on historical planning data, this report details retail and major planning applications, mobile masts, environmentally sensitive areas and much more.