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 much would conveyancing searches cost?
Searches range in cost. The most generally useful searches include an environmental search and a drainage search.
Myself and my partner are buying in Shropshire. Are there any areas of conservation?
Conservation areas indicate areas of historical merit. Knockin, Whittington and Neenton are among the conservation areas in Shropshire. You may wish to contact the local authority if you have specific questions, but your conveyancing solicitor will investigate this in detail during the conveyancing process.
Can I bypass paying out for stamp duty in Shropshire?
Stamp duty reduction is not recommended. Such schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.
Do I need to get a chancel search? We are buying in Shropshire.
The Law Lords decision in Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. Your conveyancing lawyer can provide more details.