Neighbourhood, Environment and Utility searches are immensely useful when buying a property, as they usually contain considerable and invaluable information about the area and people near to a particular property. They can take between 1 day and 5 days to process, depending on the type of search. As soon as the search is completed you will receive an email and you can then login and view or print your search.
A Common Land Search is usually made on land that has never been built on or which at one time may have belonged to a Lord of the Manor, or a Town or Village Green. The Search may also be carried out on small vacant urban plots of land as these could be subject to common rights.
The search will provide details of 4 things:
This is a search usually carried out by a person prior to or during the purchase of a property. It is a large document of about 40 pages, listing and detailing important information about the area around the property and the people living there.
It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Local Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other Useful Information.
Short Report - This is a short summary of the risk of flooding provided by the Environment Agency and collated by the Land Registry.
Long Report - The long Flood Risk Report contains illustrated official details of geographical and water features within 250 metres of the property and answers questions relating to nearby flood defences, non-defended flood areas and the risk of surface water flooding. All information is backed up by detailed maps showing nearby flood risk areas as they are now and as they may be in the future.
This search contains the standard Drainage & Water conveyancing enquiries and replies, a detailed drains and sewer plan and a detailed waterworks plan. A Water quality failure report is also included.
The routes of all drains in the search area are included and the different types of drains & sewers are colour coded, including foul sewer, surface water, rising mains, private sewers, unverified sewers and abandoned sewers. Trunk Mains, Distributions Mains, Untreated Water Mains, Company Service Pipes, Private Service Pipes & Abandoned Water Mains are also shown.
The maps contain further useful information.
Searches are carried out against land and property which may be situated in a traditional coal mining area. The search provides details of past, present and future underground and surface coal mining activity, shafts, adits and surface geology; plus past, present and future open cast coal mining and mine gas emissions. Details of damage claims, if any, following subsidence are also provided together with local authority notices served pursuant to subsidence risks and hazards.
A search is made of the Cheshire Brine Subsidence Comnpensation Board (CBSCB), to identify if the property has been the subject of a claim for subsidence compensation damage caused by brine extraction.
The report also provides details of ground conditions where subsidence could occur as a result of shrinking clay, running sand, compressible deposits, landslides & soluble rocks. Information provided is backed up with location maps.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which decays into other radioactive substances, causing an increased risk of exposure to radiation. The main danger from high radon exposure is the increased risk of lung cancer.
This search is often carried out in areas of reputed high radon before buying a house.
The report consists of radon measurement statistics both within the local authority area and the immediate locality of the property, and provides an estimation of the probability of elevated levels of radon existing in the property itself.
Property values are highly dependent on their location. The value of properties can also be affected by the development of property around them and it is important to know what is currently happening and what is planned in the vicinity of your new home.
This search is made to ascertain:
a) the routes of cables and ducts within the vicinity of the land, the results of which are illustrated on a plan supplied by the relevant data provider and,
b) to determine whether there are any rights / grants of easements or Way-leave agreements affecting the land subject of the search.
This search contains a detailed map provided by Openreach of the location of BT plant (underground and over ground), joint boxes, distribution points, manholes, poles, buried joints, and proposed BT boxes.
The report also includes Openreach recommendations for work to be carried out in the vicinity of Openreach plant.
This search will provide a copy of the Gas Mains Records Plan for the area together with the approximate positions of all known gas mains.
Service pipes, valves, syphones, stub connections etc may also be shown.
A detailed map and other information are also provided.
This search includes information on aviation activity, proposed developments, and alterations and changes to aviation activity that affect the property.
This is a search to determine whether or not there is a risk of subsidence from old limestone workings due to mining. It can only be made with a Land Registry Title Plan, which we will obtain for you.
A Gypsum Search will reveal the proximity of mine workings near the property, when the mine was worked, the depth of workings and If there are any planning consents to carry out workings.
This search will provide an opinion as to the safety of the land and will determine whether the land falls within the definition of contaminated land within the meaning of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
It is used by customers buying a home or land as well as by professionals including solicitors and property developers.
The information contained within it is illustrated by detailed maps of the area, and it analyses Landfill Sites, Waste Transfer, Waste Treatment and Disposal, Pollution Control, Radioactive Substances, Hazardous Substances, Dangerous Substances, Control of Major Accident Hazards, Emissions to the air and Discharges to Water.
This search determines whether or not the property is in a potential Chancel Repair Liability area. The search in fact determines if the property lies within the historical boundary of a tithe district or parish. It also provides insurance details and prices for use in the event that such a liability is determined.
If the property is near a church or on land that used to be owned by some of the older universities there may be an obligation to pay towards the repairs to the chancel of the local parish church.
Chancel Repair Liability affects millions of acres of property in England & Wales, and should be made when buying a property. A recent case in the Court of Appeal held that the potential liability for repair could extend into the hundreds of thousands of pounds - in that case the property owner was ordered to pay the sum of £256,000, with £250,000 extra to pay in legal costs.
This search provides details of Buried Services in the property area, including maps and data, Track Routing, Hazards, etc.
This search provides details of Cable & Wireless apparatus in the vicinity of the property, together with a supporting map to indicate the location thereof.
A search is made of British Waterways to ascertain if any riverbank work extends under, over or through the property, whether there are any rights affecting the property relating to the waterway, whether any liability for maintenance extends to the property owner and whether there are any notices, licences or consents served on the current or previous owners of the property.
EPCs are commissioned from a panel of energy assessors who visit the property to collect the relevant data including the age, construction and location of the house and relevant fittings (e.g. heating systems, insulation or double glazing). EPCs tell you how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G as well as a potential rating if recommended energy saving measures are carried out. An EPC will also assess the impact the home has on the environment.
This is a National EPC and will cover residential properties with any number of bedrooms.
The High Speed 2 search provides confirmation as to whether a site is within 1000m of the proposed HS2 rail link and confirms the distance from the site to the proposed line.
The report includes the following information:
This is the same as the foregoing search, save that the data is collected by a personal search agent rather than by the local authority itself. As such it does not carry the local authority's indemnity in the event of an incorrect answer and does not contain their official stamp that is approved and recognised by the Law Society. It is, however, considerably cheaper to purchase, quicker to obtain and usually the search of choice by most conveyancers.
Order official Land Registry Title Deeds, Property Registers, Title Plans and additional documents for any registered property in the UK and Ireland.
Our Local Authority Searches are all property related and include such matters as individual Planning Histories, Regional Spatial Strategy Plans, Local Development Plans and Rent Registers.
Clicking a Samples link will open up a preview of the type of documents you should expect to receive with a particular search.
R = Residential
C = Commercial
V = Variable Price