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Property searches

There are things you may not know about the property just from viewing it with estate agents or even getting a survey. The conveyancer will do a set of legal searches to ensure there are no other factors you should be aware of. Some searches will be recommended by the solicitor for all purchases and others will be required by the mortgage lender to protect them from any liabilities that the property may have.

Further information on Local Authority Searches can be found on the Local Land Charges webpage.

 

Planning Decisions

A decision notice is issued when a decision is made on a planning application. It is a legal document which gives details of the decision and reasons for it.
In the case of an approval, conditions may be applied with which an applicant has to comply usually before the development can proceed.You can view details of decisions made (conditions & reasons) by searching for the appropriate planning application on our application search page.

 

All planning application decision notices are available to view and download free of charge online. To view or to download copies of planning decision notices please see the options set out below.

 

How to view planning decisions (back history search)

If you do not know the application number you can search by using the Interactive Map. We have provided a gude to using the interactive map to help you.


Pre-electronic systems

Some decision notice pre-date our electronic systems and they are recorded on Historic Plotting Sheets which are available to view on the computers at the Council’s First Stop Shop.


Please note that the reference numbers beginning with ‘E/’ are not planning or enforcement numbers than Development Management recognise.
Planning obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), commonly known as s106 agreements, are a mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable. They are focused on site specific mitigation of the impact of development. S106 agreements are often referred to as 'developer contributions' along with highway contributions and the Community Infrastructure Levy
 

Legal Agreements

Planning obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), commonly known as s106 agreements, are a mechanism which make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable. They are focused on site specific mitigation of the impact of development. S106 agreements are often referred to as 'developer contributions' along with highway contributions and the Community Infrastructure Levy.

 

Details of obligations including 'Section 106 Agreements' can be found by visiting our website.


How to view Planning Obligations / Section 106 Agreements

Most Planning Obligations are issued on the original development site and therefore it is always best to use the  interactive map search to identify the original planning application for the house or estate.


Once you have found the planning application number you will need to use the online planning application search to view and download the obligation.

Please note that the Council would usually seek compliance with the obligations from the developer / landowner or their successor in title and it is unlikely that the Council would pursue enforcement of any non-compliance against individual home owners or occupiers.