What are environmental and local conveyancing searches in Oldham for?

Oldham is known as a former centre of the textile trade and related industries, and when providing Conveyancing in Oldham for homebuyers, Conveyancing Solicitors will always arrange for an environmental survey to be carried out. This is a valuable protection for property purchasers in Greater Manchester, as although much of the former industry has now disappeared its legacy may linger on in the form of soil contamination or other forms of pollution which could still affect homes.

Environmental Searches for Conveyancing in Oldham

Property Lawyers regularly commission environmental surveys in connection with Conveyancing in Oldham, and the results will show not only details of any industrial use in the vicinity of a dwelling, including current uses, but also details of landfill sites, quarries, mining, waste disposal sites and other causes of potential pollution.

Provided that the survey does not reveal anything which appears to adversely affect a property, the search will include a certificate that the level of environmental risk associated with the property is unlikely to have an adverse effect on the value of the property as compared to similar properties or on its use as a domestic dwelling, and is not such that the property would be designated "contaminated land" under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This is a valuable reassurance to homebuyers.

The area administered by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council also includes the outlying towns of Chadderton, Failsworth, Royton and Shaw and Crompton. Solicitors submit Conveyancing searches for homes in all areas of Oldham to Oldham Council’s Land Charges Section, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UT (Tel: 0161 770 4849).

These searches also provide protection to purchasers as they provide information on a range of topics, such as:

  • Planning consents and any planning enforcement notices
  • Status of any road adjoining a property, i.e. whether the road is adopted as a public highway
  • Proposed traffic schemes, plans for imposition of parking restrictions, and other matters relating to use of local highways
  • Plans for major road and railway schemes within the vicinity of the building
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Whether a house is affected by a conservation area or a tree preservation order
  • Any local financial charges – this would include various grants made to the owner which would have to be repaid on completion. If these grants are not repaid then the purchaser will inherit the liability, so Conveyancing Solicitors must arrange for the seller’s Property Lawyers to repay them on completion.

If a Solicitor is acting for the buyer for Conveyancing in Oldham of a house within the large rural area covered by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council they may also ask the council to state if there are any footpaths, bridleways or other public rights of way crossing or contiguous to the grounds.

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