Which government authority has overall responsibility for policing the standard of the conservation areas in Forest of Dean?
Following a campaign, English Heritage have conducted a survey and created records of the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas.
Local conservation areas are nominated by the local Forest of Dean planning authority, who maintain everything from including things like street guard rails, dormer windows and trees.
Is lithium (Li) top-soil contamination likely in Forest of Dean?
Most soils in Forest of Dean have some degree of contamination, from industry and natural causes. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Forest of Dean, including local authorities.
My partner and I am selling our co-owned mansion flat at a property auction, will you recommend fast home moving solicitors in Forest of Dean ?
Our lawyers adopt an extremely speed focused approach when completing the necessary legal work for home sellers to meet the sellers requirements.
We only introduce you to carefully selected solicitors that try to communicate throughout the buyer and seller chain . Additionally , our panel of solicitors are selected because they use speed focused software systems to complete the property sale fast.
If I’m putting my furniture and other things in storage, will the process take longer?
There shouldn’t be any reason why your move would take longer than a standard removal if you are pitting your belongings into storage. In fact, in some instances, it might be beneficial for the chain and your completion on the sale, since you are likely to incur fewer delays in the process because you can put your furniture and other things in storage before the event.
Whatever your plans, it’s worth mentioning them to your conveyancing solicitor so that they know the logistics on the day of completion, and may even be able to provide advice and pointers on what to consider before the day to ensure things move more smoothly.
Will I need to get a chancel search? We are buying next to a 17th Century vicarage in Forest of Dean.
Owners of property in an area near specific local church buildings must contribute towards the cost of repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Parochial Church Councils in Forest of Dean must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance.
Can I withdraw my offer on a property at any time?
When you make an offer on a house that has been accepted by the vendor, you can ask them to take it off the market as part of the acceptance. If you are selling, you can show your intent by agreeing to remove it from other potential buyers’ interest.
As a buyer, you can withdraw your offer at any time (and, as a seller, you can reject an offer at any time) up to the exchange of contracts, which means you are now legally committed to go through with the transaction at the agreed price. You should check your contract with both the estate agent and your conveyancing solicitor as there may be fees and other penalties associated with pulling out of the transaction after the offer was initially agreed.
If you decide to withdraw from the contract after exchange, then you are in breach. This means, if you’re the buyer, the seller is entitled to keep whatever agreed sum has been set for the deposit, and could claim damages; as the seller, you will be liable to pay interest accrued during the Notice to Complete period as well as the deposit, and the potential for claiming losses, and the buyer has to return everything about the property at the seller’s expense.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.