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Japanese knotweed: Does the new RICS Guidance affect developers of residential property?

Residential construction site with house partially built

The long-awaited RICS Guidance Note, Japanese Knotweed: Guidance for Professional Valuers and surveyors, was published in January 2022 (effective 23 March 2022), replacing their previous Information paper IP27.

The new guidance scraps the “7-metre rule” and gives surveyors more leeway to use their professional judgement. But does it alter the way developers should tackle Japanese knotweed on affected sites?

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