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Updated: 24/07/17

Walworth points of interest

George Inn National Trust , Brixton London Windmill, Imperial War Museum Aviation Museum and Tate Modern Art Gallery are near to Walworth.

Walworth's closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 16 miles, London Heliport Airport is 4 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 24 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 15 miles, Elstree Airport is 15 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 13 miles away. The nearest train station to Walworth is Elephant and Castle, about a mile away.

The nearest hospital is Guys Southwark.


How do I get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Walworth?


The confusion over this point catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many law firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, but extra fees are often hiding in the solicitor's terms. Extra fees found in terms and conditions needs to be clearly defined. They only apply in cases where your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.


Please confirm how to circumvent paying stamp duty to HM Revenue?


SDLT must be paid for residential property sold for more than one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Stamp duty mitigation scheme should be treated with extreme caution in Walworth. Such schemes are highly expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.


Environmental searches are fine but considering climate change e g the fact that last year was second wettest year since 1920 are they the best way to report enough about the local Walworth flood risk?

A conveyancing solicitor in Walworth should apply for property conveyancing searches if the environmental searches flag up a significant risk.

For extra history why not get in touch with a next door neighbour.


The residence in Walworth being bought is on a ex-industrial site. Is the topsoil likely to remain contaminated?


Soil contamination by industrial waste, including metals, will have occurred in parts of Walworth. Land may also be contaminated by other sources, including groundwater contamination and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs).


The internet has a multitude of online books giving details on doing the legal work yourself. Do I therefore need to spend money on a conveyancer in Walworth ?


There is absolutely no argument why a seller should not look after the bulk of the legal work without the help of a specialist Walworth conveyancer.

That said, a conveyancing solicitor juggles a huge array of exercises such as raising additional enquiries or interpreting planning contraventions most of which are more safely handled with appropriate adequate training.


What can we do if purchasing a semi detached house in a Southwark local authority designated conservation area ?


Part of the legal due diligence when buying a property includes the ordering of searches of Southwark local authority to confirm conservation area status and the required permission for any developments. .


Can I establish whether a residence is in one of Walworth's conservation areas?


The local areas near or within Walworth include several areas of 'special architectural and historic interest' defined as conservation areas. You may wish to contact the local council for more detail, but your lawyer will investigate this in detail during the conveyancing process.


Which local authority is responsible for Walworth?


Walworth is located in London Borough of Southwark Council, Town Hall, Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UB, Tel: 020 7525 5005