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Updated: 22/10/16

Sandy key data:

Sandy train station is approximately a mile from Sandy. The closest airport to Sandy is Luton Airport. Cambridge City Airport is 21 mile away.

The nearest hospital is Biggleswade.


How do we get a discount conveyancing quote in Sandy?


Both high-street and online law firms advertise so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often additional fees may increase your final bill. Any disbursements to be paid should be included on your conveyancing quote based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.


Do I need to instruct the firm of solicitors referred by the local agent?


It is not uncommon for estate agents to suggest one or more conveyancing firms. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, the agent may prefer to suggest the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.


Are there any conservation areas in the area?


The neighbourhoods in or near Sandy will include a range of conservation areas. Sandy itself is named as a conservation area. The local council will be able to provide more details about local conservation areas, and the property solicitor handling your purchase address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area.


We are buying on a Sandy brownfield site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste?

Steps are taken throughout Sandy to identify topsoil contamination. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contaminants like phenols.


Will a report on title compiled by the solicitor in Sandy advise on the rates of council tax for a townhouse before contracts are exchanged?


Your conveyancer will speak to the Central Bedfordshire local council to discover the up to date council tax band and rates, which should be written in the conveyancer's title report. The latest council tax charges for properties in Sandy are set out in detail at the Central Bedfordshire council website. At the time of authoring on 11 October 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,098.00
  • Band B - £1,281.00
  • Band C - £1,464.00
  • Band D - £1,647.00
  • Band E - £2,012.00
  • Band F - £2,378.00
  • Band G - £2,744.00
  • Band H - £3,293.00


When in the conveyancing process do I need to instruct a solicitor in Sandy?


In the majority of situations, the sooner the better. Instructing a conveyancing firm early could mitigate the chance of the transaction aborting.


How is Sandy contaminated land investigated?


Property in Sandy would be contaminated by several factors caused by man and by nature, and an environmental search should clarify to what extent a specific plot of land could be affected by Sandy contaminants like a proximate telecommunications base station and proximity to landfill sites. Potton Landfill, Carthagena Road, Bedfordshire, SG19 2NQ, for example, may be a source of local contamination.


Will we need to get a chancel search? We are buying in Sandy.


Property owners in an area near nearby church land are expected to subsidise repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. Some names or words such as 'glebe' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Sandy church lands include St Swithun's.