What is a Planning Search?
A Planning Search is a review of the planning files held by the local planning office since the 1st Oct 1964 for a specific property to understand the planning history of a property.
Who needs a Planning Search?
Purchasers and vendors are usually recommended by their solicitor to carry out a planning search against a property, usually prior to contract. During conveyancing solicitors will often have queries for your engineer relating to planning permissions, regulations, certification, etc. To respond to any planning queries, we must visit the planning office to inspect the planning files and plans, review and take copies of the submitted plans and drawings, along with any conditions of planning. A basic planning search will not provide the information required to answer most solicitors queries.
What types of Planning Searches are available from Property Health Check?
We provide two types of planning search:
The Detailed Planning Search is an in-depth comprehensive service that will enable us to respond to almost all of your solicitors’ queries. The service includes three elements:
- A Detailed Planning Search at the Local Authority to review the planning history and files available for the property.
- A Property Visit to compare the inspected planning files with the property
- Planning Consultancy is included to respond to your solicitors planning queries quickly and efficiently
The Basic Planning Search is limited to only providing reference numbers. It does not investigate any details about the planning for a property. The information supplied in this search is not sufficient to answer most planning queries received by solicitors.
Can a planning search be done at the same time as a Pre-Purchase Survey?
For maximum cost and time efficiency we recommend combining a Pre-Purchase Building Survey with a Detailed Planning Search. The additional structural information gathered during a Pre-Purchase Building survey will enable us to also comprehensively respond to structural related solicitors’ queries.