Planning Feature Update

We realise it is time-consuming to access planning information if you’re relying on those clunky Council websites. This is why we created our planning map in early 2016.

Following user feedback, we have added a powerful new way to search, filter and be alerted on planning applications, helping you work smarter and faster.

Planning Search

Sharpen your gaze on the market. The search you enter produces results based on exactly what you’re looking for.

Create Alerts

Track all planning applications, of relevance to you, submitted or changing in a defined area. Use the bell to create an alert for any updates in the selected area. You’re now able to create a boundary, allowing you to filter out the noise and focus on the area you’re interested in (you can also easily turn them off).

Search History

Easily switch between types of the data you see. Click back to a previous search and you can set up an alert or delete items from your search history.

Do I actually need this?

In short, yes.

The long answer is still yes but here’s why. Having access to the planning search & alerts feature has a number of benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, keep up to date with market changes, understand the council’s thinking about certain types of development, keep track of your competitors, assess local demand and quickly learn about areas you’re unfamiliar with.

Here’s an example: with planning application alerts, you can set it up to only receive notifications of, say, “20 units or more”, “rejected”, “Hackney” “Camden” “Leyton”. This would show you all planning applications for residentials schemes that include more than 20 units that don’t get approved in these areas. Why do you need this? You can try and spot an opportunity to potentially add value to the application. A seller might be more motivated to accept less from a future deal to move faster meaning you can do more with the site. If you have a particular area that interests you for development, by studying the reasons behind rejected applications you can gain an idea of what the market requires.

Equally, with approved applications, you can gain insight into the likely outcome of the project you’re planning. If you start comparing this with our sold prices, you get an idea of the liquidity of the market.

How can I get this?

If you’re on the starter plan, you’re missing out so reach out to us to upgrade. For pro plan users, you have access to planning applications but you won’t be able to conduct any of the filtered searches or set up the alerts. Again, reach out to us to upgrade. For unlimited plan users, well you have everything including this 😀

Not a customer? Join in on the fun. Give us a call on 0203 086 7855.