Searches and enquiries in connection with Conveyancing in Blackburn

When carrying out Conveyancing in Blackburn for homebuyers, Solicitors carry out a number of property searches. This is done to obtain a wide variety of information from various bodies, which is required to protect purchasers.

Those usually obtained by Property Lawyers when handling Conveyancing in Blackburn include local, drainage and water and environmental searches. The local search is requested from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, King William St. , Blackburn, BB1 7DY, Tel: 01254 585585, and provides information on a variety of matters dealt with by the council, including:

  • Planning consents and any planning enforcement notices
  • Whether the road adjoining the property is adopted as a public highway
  • Plans for major road and railway schemes within the vicinity of the building
  • Proposals for traffic schemes, extension of parking regulations and other alterations to local highways
  • Conservation areas and tree preservation orders affecting a dwelling
  • Any local financial charges – this would include various grants made to the owner which would have to be repaid on completion.
  • Compulsory purchase orders

Environmental searches are considered essential for homebuyers as part of Conveyancing in Blackburn. Many older industries which were carried on in Blackburn were the cause of pollution, and land in the vicinity of such industry may remain contaminated notwithstanding that the industrial use has long ceased. An environmental search will show if there are records of previous industrial or commercial use in the vicinity of a building, as well as any current operations in the area. Where nothing adverse is recorded the search will also include a certificate to confirm that the property is free from contamination.

In the event that an environmental search does reveal possible contamination, it may be necessary for the seller to have a further physical survey carried out. Landowners are responsible for paying for the cost of removing any contamination, which can be very expensive. If former industrial land is being redeveloped for housing then the developer will have to have a full survey carried out as part of the planning process, and will have to carry out remedial works before building work can begin.

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