Is it necessary that we get a chancel search? We are purchasing a Woolton apartment near church grounds.
There are 15000 Church of England and Church of Wales parishes throughout the UK. Owners of property within some of these may be required to contribute towards the cost of the repair of a local church. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Woolton properties is likely to exist. A solicitor will be able to advise further.
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.
What will the council tax cost for a buy to let Band H maisonette in Woolton?
The relevant council tax band will usually be highlighted as part of the title report, as well as by the governing local authority. The correct rates for residents of Woolton are tabled at the Knowsley council website. At the time of writing on 07 June 2012 the rates are:
- Band A - £995.00
- Band B - £1,160.00
- Band C - £1,326.00
- Band D - £1,492.00
- Band E - £1,824.00
- Band F - £2,155.00
- Band G - £2,487.00
- Band H - £2,984.00
Should I organize a private purchase of items on the Fixtures and Fittings form?
This would be very unwise as the Fixtures and Fittings Form (TA10) forms part of the contract, and it lists all the items that the seller is planning to leave at the property with an agreed price for anything they want money for.
To try to organise a private sale outside of this clear and controlled process may result in difficulties later on in the process, which is precisely why this form is in place. If you want something to remain that’s not listed on the Fixtures and Fittings Form, raise a query through your solicitor so that negotiations may be formally carried out.
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Will we need a chancel search if I am purchasing in the parish of Tatham?
Whichever Woolton parish in which you are purchasing, a solicitor responsible for your move may suggest a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils have opted to impose chancel repairs on the owners of lay rectorships, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will not be so in future, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.
When buying a period building in a Woolton conservation area. Where does one get more information in respect of the state of upkeep of the conservation area?
Local Woolton conservation areas are designated by the local Knowsley planning authority, who oversee conservation area concerns from public spaces to the avoidance of back illuminated signs. English Heritage keep a list in relation to the state of conservation areas in Woolton and across England as well as the vulnerability to getting worse.