Location, location, location. If one thing contributes more than any other factor to the value or feel of a property, it’s the location. Yet as purchasers, we never investigate it, until now.

Unless you’re both a mind reader and a crystal ball gazer, you don’t know what’s happening in any location, no matter how well you think you know the area. Without going to the trouble of studying planning policy, SHLAA documents, planning data etc. it’s hard to know what’s being planned or feasibly what could happen in a location. That’s why you need DevAssist.

Do you want to know what is happening or could happen next to your new purchase?
Don’t assume it won’t. You will be amazed at what can, and is happening.

We are the only company offering property buyers bespoke reports that look to the future as well as the past and present. Our unique reports will expose if there is any potential threat – or opportunity – from development as well as identifying any existing planning applications that may affect the property.

To buy a property and not to understand the location is gambling on a huge scale.

DevAssist offer four reports that cater for specific requirements when purchasing either residential or commercial property.

This basic assessment for residential and commercial purchasers of properties under 0.25 acres exposes any significant development risks in a 75m radius from the centre of the main structure. Areas investigated include risks to views, the impact on its value and enjoyment potential should development occur nearby, and a professional opinion on its development potential.

A DevAssess report is delivered in 5 working days. However, a limited number of fast tracked orders are accepted each day. Properties larger than 0.5 acre or those requiring a more in-depth report are better suited to DevAssess Premium.

£125 +VAT


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This comprehensive report provides greater depth of information on potential risks. Recommended as the ‘go-to’ choice for risk-adverse property purchases under 40 acres, its search area extends 75m from the boundary. It looks at traveller sites, the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, local policy, listed buildings, the five-year housing supply and changes to nearby major infrastructure. Greater depth of this report can reveal alternative exit strategies and potential hidden value in properties.

A DevAssess Premium report will be delivered in 3 working days. However, a limited number of fast tracked orders will be accepted each day. Properties over 40 acres are priced on an individual basis.

from £375 +VAT


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Major urban locations are constantly evolving, especially in the big cities of England and Wales. These high-value, high-risk areas are analysed in two stages – initially looking at the planning history of nearby structures, followed before exchange by any other pending planning applications. As planning data can be four weeks out of date when purchased, it is essential for litigious clients to make sure the best data is being investigated. Just before exchange, the report is updated with any responses from the Freedom of Information Act request, revealing any other pending planning applications.

A DevCity report will be delivered in 5 working days. However, a limited number of fast tracked orders will be accepted each day. Properties over 10 acres are priced on an individual basis.

£600 +VAT


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Sometimes you just need to investigate whether a piece of land or an asset has development potential. This report examines the hidden potential or alternative use in a property that may increase its value. Widely used by solicitors, estate agents, asset managers and debt recovery experts for identifying where land values may exceed existing use values, the report protects professional indemnity insurance from the risk of underselling property assets. With HMRC making random checks on property assets being sold, this report gives solicitors peace of mind that they have adequately assessed any development potential.

A DevProbate report will be delivered in 5 working days. However, a limited number of fast tracked orders will be accepted each day.

£120 +VAT


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A Fast Track service is available on all of our products, subject to request.

from £40 +VAT


The easiest way to demonstrate what we do is by showing you some examples. TAKE A LOOK. You will find them quite eye opening and thought provoking.

£150,000 for mud and no permission in Bloomsbury

If proof were ever needed of the ongoing demand for basement space in London, this month, the amount of cash paid smashed all expectations, after a developer signed over a staggering six-figure sum for the mud underneath an existing block of flats...

Here today, gone tomorrow

Water views are safe, aren’t they? We have done a number of reports on this development. Buyers may think they have water views over the top of the existing structures...

London – Basement risk

DevAssist do huge amounts of work in London. In the high value areas one of the most common risks we uncover are basement extensions. Sometimes referred to as Iceberg homes these amazing feats on engineering are great for the end users...

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