DevCity investigates urban locations for risk of development and property modifications, such as basement or rooftop extensions or change-of-use development.

Residents in Manchester have a 42% chance of experiencing significant change in their neighbourhood.

Be informed about development potential in your area with a DevCity report

We understand that buying a property is a huge investment of time and money, so we analyse both the location for development risk and the development potential of the site in question.

DevCity is strongly recommended for residential and commercial properties in urban areas where there is always a high risk of major development nearby. This report leaves no stone unturned in analysing local planning consents, applications, consultations and land that could support development in the future.

Urban development can take place in unexpected places, such as roof-top extensions, major high-rise development, change-of-use development and basement extensions. These developments bring major construction disruption and often reduce the value and resale potential of neighbouring properties.
The report also identifies the development potential of the site. By exposing the hidden value, buyers can make a more informed investment.
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  • Accessible, user-friendly content
  • Relevant planning history of the subject property
  • Identification of relevant historical planning applications within the search radius

  • Explanation of emerging and adopted Local Plan Policy

  • Identification of potential future development sites where no relevant planning history exists

  • Identification of land allocated for development where no relevant planning history exists

  • Detailed study of the SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment) sites currently being considered for future allocation

  • Identification of any application that may impact the subject property

  • A manual search of the planning register

  • Inclusion of domestic applications that could affect the subject property

  • Analysis of the potential for extension of neighbouring properties

  • Comprehensive advice regarding alternative exit strategies for investors

  • Individual detailed analysis of the risk posed by each site

  • OS Mapping identifying potential development sites

  • Our professional opinion on the property’s development potential

  • Aerial Photography

  • Where we find an active or historical site, the evidence is also attached in the report appendix.

A DevCity report will be delivered in 5 working days.

Properties over 1 acre are priced on an individual basis.

£600 +VAT


  • Basement and rooftop development
  • Change of use developments
  • Road and access development affecting traffic volume, noise and long periods of roadworks
  • Neighbours’ extensions and building works which will impact a property’s light and views
Planned and current development changes
Planned and current development changes


If you’re unsure which report is right for your property, talk to one of our team or visit Our Reports for an overview of each one.