How Much Are Conveyancing Search Costs in Slough?
The searches organised by your conveyancer are a key part of the conveyancing process. The results of the searches can provide essential information about the property you are looking to buy and the surrounding area. The majority of this information is held by the local authority, in this case, Slough Borough Council.
The information provided will highlight any flood risks in the area, the levels of Radon Gas, any ground stability concerns and details of previous industrial activity which may have had a negative impact on the land.
Cost for these searches will depend on the location of the property you are looking to purchase. Local councils set their own fees, so these will vary from location to location. Below we have listed the costs of these searches in Slough.
Local Land Charges Search
£30.00 inc VAT
The LLC1 search informs purchasers of restrictions or charges affecting the use of the property, such as tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, planning permissions and financial charges.
£105.60 inc VAT
The CON29 provides information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.
Standard Official Search
£135.60 inc VAT
Both the LLC1 and Con29.
What Are the Flood Risks in Slough?
As part of the conveyancing process, your conveyancer will organise a search on the area which will reveal if there are flood risks to the property you are looking to buy in Slough.
According to Slough Borough Council, Slough experiences flooding from a range of sources. These include surface water flooding, which occurs during heavy rainfall, sewer flooding and groundwater flooding.
River flooding (fluvial) is also a concern, which is also exasperated by heavy rainfall. The waterways which run through Slough include the Jubilee River. Slough is also connected by the Slough Arm to the mainline of the Grand Union Canal which runs between the Thames at Brentford and Birmingham.
The Council further states that the intensity and frequency of flooding is expected to increase as a consequence of climate change. With this in mind, it is vital that you read the findings of your searches thoroughly and raise any concerns with your conveyancer prior to the purchase of your new home.
Are there Ground Stability Concerns in Slough?
Ground stability and subsidence can be a serious concern for homeowners. Unstable ground can result in property becoming unstable and potentially becoming unsafe to live in, in addition to causing the home to decrease in value. In serious cases, properties can be written off completely due to ground instability and subsidence.
A map created by Geobear identifying the UK subsidence hotspots, there is evidence of subsidence concerns in Slough and the surrounding area. Although not as high as nearby London, it is still an element of your searches which you will need to be aware of.
These concerns are something that can be highlighted by the searches organised by your conveyancer. The report will provide details of previous land use and highlight any risks of landslides, subsidence and any other concerns regarding the stability of the ground where the home resides.
- 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 Slough?
Your conveyancing searches will also include the level of Radon Gas in the area of Slough you are looking to buy. Radon Gas is formed by radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occurs naturally in rocks and soil. The gas is colourless and odourless and can potentially cause a variety of health issues, including lung cancer in non-smokers and causes more premature deaths than drink-driving across the country.
A heat map of Radon Gas affected areas from Public Health England revealed very low levels of Radon Gas in Slough and much of the surrounding area. Readings were higher in nearby Windsor and also in areas North of Slough, but the borough itself showed very small amounts.
Nevertheless, due to the health risks associated with the gas, research into Radon Gas levels is one of the most essential searches organised by your conveyancer. Once they have been sent to you, ensure you read the search reports thoroughly so that you have peace of mind that Radon Gas will not be a concern for your new home in Slough.
Is Contaminated Land an Issue in Slough?
Contaminated land is land that contains pollution and substances which can be significantly harmful to humans, natural water systems or the environment. Much of the land contamination we see today has its origins in the pollution created by the industrial processes of the past.
Slough, initially a collection of villages, grew rapidly as a result of the contraction of Great Western Railway and later due to the Slough Trading Estate in the 1920s. Today Slough Trading Estate consists of 486 acres of commercial property, home to around 500 businesses, making it the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe.
Despite the economic growth and opportunities areas like this provide, the environmental impact of the industries (historic and current) on-site can be damaging to the surrounding area. In December 2011, environmental consultancy & contracting business Sanctus were asked to undertake a controlled excavation and processing of over 6000m3 of asbestos-contaminated soil and demotion rubble which had historically been used to raise site levels on the Slough Trading Estate.
It is essential that you thoroughly read your contaminated land search results and query anything that concerns you regarding the property. The search, organised by your conveyancer, will usually include a study of historic maps of the area of Slough you are looking to buy, in addition to reviewing land use records and other information that may indicate contamination or pollution on the land.