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Finding the right conveyancer for your Gloucester property purchase is essential. A conveyancer is responsible for arranging not only the legal aspect of the purchase, but they will also arrange essential searches on the property and surrounding land. 

These searches will review issues including flood risk, ground stability, contaminated land and other factors which could potentially impact your new Gloucester home. 

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    Compare My Move have done the research to bring you the most up to date information regarding conveyancing in Gloucester. We have looked into the searches required, the flood risks to the area, ground stability and concerns such as Radon Gas. 

    Our research shows that the cost of a full local authority search is £160 according to the Gloucester Council website. We found that Radon Gas and Ground Stability are not a huge concerns, but that the risk of flooding alone is worth the environmental searches.

    Conveyancing Search Costs Gloucester

    Local Land Charges searches are a vital part of the conveyancing process. The results of these searches will inform potential purchasers on essential information about the property which is held by the local authority.

    The report will include information on flood risks, details of any planning permissions and details of the historical industry which may have had a negative impact on the land. 

    Your conveyancer will organise these searches on your behalf and send you reports once they are completed. It is essential that you read the content of the reports and address any concerns you have with your conveyancer. The cost for these searches will depend on the location of the property. Below we’ve listed the costs of the searches for Gloucester

    • Local Land Charges Search (LLC1)

      £20.50 inc VAT

      The LLC1 search informs purchasers of restrictions or charges affecting the use of the property, inc tree preservation, enforcement notices, planning permissions and financial charges.

    • Form Con29 - Part 1 and Part 2

      £111.50 District Council & £28.00 County Council inc VAT

      The enquiry forms CON29 and CON29O provide information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.

    • Standard Official Search (LLC1 and Con29)

      £160 inc VAT

      This will contain both the Official compiled LLC1 report and the Official compiled CON29.

    Data taken from the Gloucester Council website, correct as of August 2020.

    What are the Flood Risks in Gloucester?

    Included in the Environmental searches organised by your conveyancer is an assessment of the flood risk in the area where the property resides. 

    The city of Gloucester has a history of flooding, with the worst in recent memory taking place in July 2007. Over a 12-hour period, 78mm of rain fell on Gloucestershire causing flash flooding. Surveys reported a staggering 3,966 houses were flooded, with 825 households, amounting to 1,950 people having to leave their homes.

    The Severn River runs through Gloucester which contributes to flooding in the area during bad weather and heavy rain. Across Gloucestershire, the River Avon is also at risk of bursting its banks causing flooding in the surrounding areas. Early 2020 saw severe flooding in the area as a result of Storm Dennis which ravaged the country and affected the most vulnerable areas in Gloucester. 

    A conveyancer will arrange for a search to be undertaken on the property and surrounding area and a report, complete with council data, will be sent to you to review. It is essential you pay attention to the details of the search and the impact factors may or may not have on the home you wish to buy.

    Flood Risks in Gloucester
    Flood Risks in Gloucester

    Are There Ground Stability Concerns in Gloucester?

    Another search arranged by your conveyancer is for ground stability. A Ground Stability report will reveal any risks of landslide or subsidence on the land which the property resides.  

    Subsidence is a relatively common problem across the UK due to the clay-heavy soil types in the country. This can not only make the property potentially dangerous, but it can also lower the value of the home. 

    As Gloucester is not a particularly large city in comparison to London and Birmingham, ground stability is less of a concern than in those areas. According to a map of ground stability issues in the UK by Geobear, although there is evidence of ground stability issues in the area, in particular in and around the centre of Gloucester and Churchdown, this is a drastically smaller amount than Bristol and Birmingham. 

    Your conveyancer will be able to advise you on any concerns you have when it comes to the ground stability for your future Gloucester home and can answer any questions you have based on the report from the search. 

    Ground Stability Search
    • Reveals instability issues from natural or man-made hazards.
    • Highlights historic and current landfill sites.
    • Identifies natural ground subsidence.
    • Recognises historic tin, coal, clay and any other mining activity.

    What Are the Radon Gas Levels in Gloucester?

    Radon Gas, a radioactive and dangerous gas which is colourless and odourless, is made as a result of radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium occurring naturally in soil and rocks. 

    The gas has been known to cause a variety of health issues, including lung cancer in non-smokers. As a result, a Radon Gas search one of the most crucial and essential environmental searches organised by your conveyancer. 

    Levels of Radon Gas appear to be noticeably low throughout Gloucester, according to a map of UK radon gas levels. Only the area of Churchdown and Tinkershill shows elevated radon potential. However, the surrounding area, including nearby Cheltenham, shows higher readings, with location to the south of Gloucester, such as Stroud, showing higher readings again. 

    If you are looking to purchase a property in central or around Gloucester itself, Radon Gas should not be an issue. However, your conveyancer will arrange a search which can detect it as a standard part of the conveyancing process. 

    Radon Gas Levels in Gloucester
    Radon Gas Levels in Gloucester

    Is Contaminated Land an Issue in Gloucester?

    Gloucester has a long and proud industrial history, like many cities in the UK. It has shaped Gloucester into the city it is today and allowed it to grow and prosper. However, an industrial past has a negative side, being one of the main causes of contaminated land. 

    This can vary from area to area but in Gloucester, it could include fuels and oils, solvents, heavy metals, asbestos, buried wastes or hazardous ground gasses. Your Gloucester conveyancer will arrange contaminated land searches as part of the environmental services needed for the conveyancing process. 

    These are searches on the land and area surrounding the property which is being purchased. This search takes into account the historical use of the land, including pat and current industrial use, landfill and waste in the Gloucester area and contaminated land liability. It will also explore any contamination that would post a risk to public health or the environment. 

    As a result, you will receive a report which will either be graded “passed” or alert you to any action that is required. This is not always a cause for concern, in some cases, it will just mean that further searches will need to be arranged by your conveyancer to understand the issues raised.

    Contaminated Land in Gloucester
    Contaminated Land in Gloucester