The local authority searches contained in a Home Information Pack relates only to the property being sold, so planning permissions on neighbouring properties will not show up. If you want to find out about nearby planning applications or planning permissions you can approach the local planning office – some of them have full details online as well ( e.g. Wandsworth ). Alternatively you can to ask your property solicitor or licensed conveyancer to conduct a ‘Plansearch’ provided by Landmark Information Group.
As well as information on planning applications, larger planning decisions, telecoms masts and footpaths within a wide radius of the property, Plansearch Plus also contains invaluable neighbourhood information and a detailed socio-demographic overview.
If the vendor has received notice of a planning application then they should reveal it in their Property Information Form but this is not required in the HIP via the Property Information Questionnaire. As a prudent buyer, you ought not to rely on the seller to disclose this information and should make your own enquiries.