If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
The house being bought is on a ex-industrial site. Is the topsoil likely to remain contaminated by waste minerals like rubidium?
Soil contamination by industrial waste, including metals, will have occurred in parts of Whaley Bridge. Also considering issues such as groundwater contamination, contaminants affecting Whaley Bridge property will be factored into an environmental search.
Myself and my partner are interested in purchasing in Whaley Bridge. Are there any conservation areas?
Buyers in Whaley Bridge should be aware of several local conservation areas. The advantages of these restrictions include protection against unsympathetic development, but they can make repairs more costly or time-consuming. Your solicitor will be able to offer more information.
Would ordering a home buyers survey be a good idea when purchasing a property?
It is highly recommended that most purchasers instruct a house surveyor if purchasing in Whaley Bridge. Numerous issues affect a property, such as subsidence. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.
What can a Whaley Bridge property lawyer advise if the flat I am planning to buy is inside a High Peak conservation area and turns out to have unseemly window frames installed?
The local authority searches carried out by a solicitor in the process of the conveyancing should see the existence of suitable consent for alterations to the building.
Is the buyer or seller responsible for the searches?>
It is you, as the buyer, who is responsible for checking that all is well with the property you are buying. This is why your conveyancing solicitor will order a set of standard searches (Local Authority, Water and Drainage, Environmental, and Chancel Repair – these are also the searches requited by your mortgage lender), plus additional searches dependent on the property, recommendations from the surveyor in the survey report, and the location and history of the area.
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