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Updated: 15/07/17

Practical regional public transport and public service information

Chingford train station is almost 3 miles from Chigwell. Chigwell's closest airport is London City Airport (9 miles). London Heliport Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 22 miles, Elstree Airport is 18 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 21 mile and Stansted Airport is 20 miles away.

Drivers are well catered for with Chigwell enjoying excellent road access about 1 mile of Junction 5 Southbound of the M11.

Holly House Buckhurst Hill is a nearby hospital for Chigwell.


I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing quote. What do we need to check for?


Many solicitors promote theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately additional fees are frequently hidden in the terms of engagement. Extra charges listed in the solicitor's terms needs to be reasonable and clear. They only apply in cases where the lawyer must complete unanticipated additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.


Will your Chigwell conveyancing solicitor carry out any property conveyancing searches on the Essex Victorian semi-detached house I am intending to purchase?


Normal legal protocol will be to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental, and possibly area-specific searches for instance Chancel check Search.


Is a property survey necessary when we are buying a house or flat, regardless of its age?

We firmly suggest that most Chigwell buyers arrange a property surveyor. A range defects affect a property, including cracked roof tiles, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.


What will the council tax cost me for a period Band H maisonette in Chigwell?


The appropriate council tax band will usually be identified as part of the title report, as well as by the local council

Up-to-date charges for properties in Chigwell are tabled online at the Epping Forest local authority site. Currently on 01 October 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £998.00
  • Band B - £1,164.00
  • Band C - £1,330.00
  • Band D - £1,496.00
  • Band E - £1,829.00
  • Band F - £2,161.00
  • Band G - £2,494.00
  • Band H - £2,993.00


We are going to buy a sixties investment property in the middle of a conservation area in Chigwell, how do I find information in respect of the state of upkeep?


Conservation areas are created by Epping Forest who are responsible for everything from public spaces to the halting of neon signs. English Heritage, a government body, have produced records of the state of conservation areas in England.


Is it costly to get out of paying for stamp duty?


Homeward Legal do not advise conveyancing clients expose their finances to any stamp duty mitigation. Such schemes are costly and very risky.


Should we get a chancel search if we plan to buy in the parish of Broxted?


A Chigwell conveyancing solicitor is likely to recommend a chancel search. In Chigwell's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be charged on the owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so.


What will affect land in Chigwell, and are they checked for comprehensively?


Many of contaminants caused by natural and human-influenced issues may impact residential property in Chigwell, such as proximity to waste sites and air pollution. An environmental search can give more clarity.