What can a Frampton Cotterell conveyancing lawyer advise if the maisonette I hope to buy is inside the boundary of a conservation area in South Gloucestershire planning authority that has unsympathetic artificial stone cladding installed?
South Gloucestershire planning authority enquiries carried out by your Frampton Cotterell property lawyer as part of the conveyancing should verify if the property is within a designated conservation area and any evidence of council approval for changes to the property will be required.
Are there any lenders with offices in Frampton Cotterell?
Most lenders in Frampton Cotterell are on our Frampton Cotterell solicitors' panel. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include 1st Peoples Mortgage, 447 Gloucester Rd, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8TZ, New Era Financial Planning, 7 Madeline Rd, Bristol, BS16 3EN, and Mortgage Market, Unit 8 The Mall, Willow Brook Centre/Bradley St, Bristol, BS32 8BS.
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.
How many weeks will it take my solicitor to conclude the legal process for a maisonette in a recently developed home?
The legal process can take anywhere from one month to three months dependent on a number of issues for example the efficiency of the vendor's property lawyer, or renegotiations.
What’s the difference between exchange of contracts and completion?
When you exchange contracts, this means that you are agreeing to all the terms drawn up within the contract made between you on one side of the transaction, and the opposite party on the other side. It is from this point that you are legally obliged to go through with the transaction (unless you want to be subject to financial and/or legal penalties).
The completion of contracts is the point where you officially take over ownership of the property, receive the keys and can move in. All monies are transferred between the various parties and the conveyancing solicitor contacts the Land Registry to register the change of ownership to you.
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What authority is under obligation for logging the condition of neglect the conservation areas in Frampton Cotterell and Frampton Cotterell?
Conservation areas are designated by the local authority (South Gloucestershire) who are responsible for conservation area concerns from including things like neon signs, the painting of houses and trees. English Heritage now maintain records of the state of conservation areas in England.