Manchester, along with many other areas in England and Wales has numerous designated conservation areas which vary in, size, character, as well as style. Conservation Areas have special historic or architectural qualities that are being preserved or enhanced. Conservation Areas have extra planning controls. Most notable are control over the demolition of certain buildings and a reduction in the size of extensions that can be built without requiring planning permission.
Other extra controls relate to any works to trees and the placement of satellite dishes.
You should liaise with your conveyancing lawyer as to whether or not the property you are purchasing is within a conservation area.
These areas have been designated by the local planning authority after a process of consultation with local residents. Planning proposals that would have an impact on conservation areas need to show that they will maintain or enhance these areas :
Albert Park Conservation Area
Ancoats Conservation area
Blackburn Park Conservation Area
Castlefield Conservation Area
Chorlton Green Conservation Area
Crab Lane Conservation Area
Didsbury St James Conservation Area
Gore Brook Valley Conservation area
Northenden Conservation Area
Parsonage Gardens Conservation Area
Shudehill Conservation Area
St Peter's Square Conservation Area
Upper King Street Conservation Area
Whalley Range Conservation Area
Wilbraham Road / Edge Lane Conservation Area
Albert Square Conservation Area
Ballbrook Conservation area
Brooklands Road Conservation Area
Cathedral Conservation Area
Chorltonville Conservation area
Deansgate/Peter Street Conservation Area
George Street Conservation Area
Graver Lane Conservation Area
Old Broadway Conservation Area
Smithfield Conservation Area
St John Street Conservation Area
Stevenson Square Conservation Area
Victoria Park Conservation Area
Whitworth Street Conservation Area
Withington Conservation Area
At http://www.manchester.gov.uk/planning/publicaccess/ you may find planning applications for historic planning documentation not only in respect of your property but also in respect of neighbouring properties as well. If you are purchasing a property in Manchester why not take advantage of the freely available information for applications that may be applicable to properties within the street where you are proposing to purchase. Your conveyancing/property lawyer is not obliged to provide you with information relating to planning applications for surrounding properties so it for you to check out this information.
If you intend to purchase a newly built property in Manchester there is a possibility that there will be restrictions within the deeds relating to parking. Property lawyers with experience in conveyancing Manchester properties should know where to look to find any such restrictions (it may well be that the restrictions are contained within a planning document known as a Section 104 Agreement, or the Lease of the property). This may be something that you wish to check with your conveyancing solicitor if your conveyancing is not being conducted by Fridaysmove .
A large number of leasehold flats in Manchester are managed by Manchester Council, who will also be the landlord of the property. When buying a leasehold property in Manchester managed by the Local Authority you should specifically look to find out information about future works to your building as the Local Authority will have very detailed plans for future works for all properties which the Local Authority are the freehold owner. Sometimes major works or maintenance charge works can be very high. Clearly, you do not want to purchase a property only to find out that there are major works planned as you could be faced with a significant bill shortly after purchase. Please ensure that your conveyancing solicitor makes appropriate enquiries.
The conveyancing lawyers at Fridaysmove have carried out hundreds of conveyancing Manchester properties over the last few years ( including conveyancing many new build developments in Manchester. Should you have any questions relating to conveyancing in Manchester please ask to speak to one of our property lawyer s in the Manchester Conveyancing Team.
The above advise is not intended to be a comprehensive list of investigations that a competent property lawyer would look for and merely represent a sample of the issues that may apply to a conveyancing transaction in Manchester. Fridaysmove would obviously be delighted to represent you on a purchase of a property in Manchester but if you do not wish to use our services, then we would still recommend that you engage the services of a property lawyer who is familiar with conveyancing Manchester properties .