New tool promises to speed land viability assessment

A new development site screening tool from Landmark Information, a property, land and environmental data specialist, promises to speed and expedite the process of accessing information to aid land viability assessments.

The tool is aimed at property developers, real estate investors, local authority planners and land agents, who can spend many hours manually gathering data from multiple sources to assess the development opportunity or viability of a plot of land.

In one report, LandSearch “instantly provides details on a wealth of areas via an interactive online viewing tool”, including:

• Local Authority policy designations
• Planning application data within 1km
• Land Registry title and ownership data
• Environmental and physical development constraints – including risks relating to potential land contamination, flood, ground instability, ecological areas and presence of listed buildings
• Neighbourhood and amenity information, including nearby transport links, schools and healthcare facilities
• Market potential – including local demographics, housing types, council tax banding and home ownership trends.

Designed to highlight potential opportunities and risks at an early stage, LandSearch’s findings are visualised using interactive mapped data via a unique online viewing tool. This makes it simple for users to be able to ‘drill down’ to assess the viability of a plot of land for future development, says the firm. An easy-to-digest PDF report containing all the information is also provided, following each order.

Paul Blewett, Head of Sales & Product, Landmark Information said, “If you want to realise opportunities, assess development constraints, or simply communicate potential to the market, LandSearch is the report for you. We know that developers, land investors, urban planners and other property professionals can spend hours of time and effort searching for the data they need to progress a piece of land. Now, LandSearch puts an end to this by piecing together all parts of the puzzle in one simple order and helping you to quickly access the information you need. This is going to save everyone a great deal of time and effort.”

Continues Paul Blewett: “Interest in LandSearch is already high: we have a number of developers signing up to LandSearch in order to support their nationwide site-based screening activities. It is ideal for organisations looking to develop land already in their portfolio, as well as land they – or their clients – may be looking to acquire.

“With more and more brownfield sites being purchased for redevelopment, LandSearch will come into its own. It is full of useful information that would have previously taken a matter of days to gather – now it’s all available in one order and can be interrogated using a sophisticated online mapping viewer.”

Available to order through Landmark’s Promap V2 service, LandSearch enables users to immediately access the data on their given plot via an interactive online viewer. The information will also be provided via a downloadable PDF report within an hour after placing the order and the team of in-house consultants are available to provide advice on potential risks or next steps.

Additional services available through Landmark include: Phase 1 Environmental Assessments; Flood Risk Assessments; UXO Risk Assessments; and Utilities Reports.

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