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    • Clairegarner1
    • By Clairegarner1 5th Dec 17, 2:22 PM
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    Quarry missed off a land search
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    Quarry missed off a land search 5th Dec 17 at 2:22 PM
    We have recently bought a new house. It now transpires within 200 metres of the property there is planning for a quarry, which was lodged at the time of conveyancing with the local authority. The builder bent our arm to use their solicitor (lesson learned!) and needless to say they say the searches came back negative. They state they only search the land in which the property stands. I am confused as the search on the house we were selling brought all manner of issues up. This is potentially disastrous for us and wonder where we stand to mitigate this.
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    • By Ozzuk 5th Dec 17, 2:42 PM
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    It will be interesting to read what others think but I'd be surprised if you had any options for comeback. I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen advise not to use the builders solicitor. Couple that without checking planning portal yourself, or requesting more detailed searches and you're pretty much stuck I think. Not good!
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    It’s not just the builder’s solicitor that would omit this. It’s absolutely standard for planning searches to only cover the land being purchased. They do also cover major development such as road or rail links, but not private developments.

    On a wider area, it would be an additional request, and not one that people generally take up.

    A quick, free google of the locality would bring up any major local planning issues.
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    We have recently bought a new house. It now transpires within 200 metres of the property there is planning for a quarry..... This is potentially disastrous for us and wonder where we stand to mitigate this.
    Originally posted by Clairegarner1
    What do you think will cause this to be 'disastrous?'

    The local authority is clearly aware of both developments, so their planners cannot have expected a severe impact on the housing or any safety concerns. This is a new development, not something piecemeal, so it's unlikely heavy stone lorries will be routed through your street.

    You cannot mitigate what was planned-for and in the public domain, nor for omitting to ask for searches beyond the plot, if that is what you wanted. You've also experienced no loss, and indeed, may never suffer one as a result of the quarry opening.
    Last edited by Davesnave; 05-12-2017 at 6:31 PM.
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