Local land searches

What is a search?

A search is carried out, usually on behalf of purchasers of land and property to ascertain if there are any matters affecting property or land, registered as a Local Land Charge, which an intended purchaser should be aware of (LLC1). It also reveals other relevant information held by the Council as a whole (Local Enquiries – CON29). The information given on a search relates only to the property or land identified by the search address and accompanying plan, which should be edged in red. The two parts of the search together will reveal, for example, planning permissions, conservation areas, tree preservation orders, development plan status, road schemes, contaminated land etc.

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Drainage questions are contained on CON29 and form part of the official search. The questions are answered by either Severn Trent Water or United Utilities dependant on location of property, and they can be contacted at the following addresses:

Severn Trent Searches

PO Box 10155



Tel: 0115 971 3550

Fax: 0115 971 3551

DX 723860

Nottingham 43
e-mail: enquiries@severntrentsearches.com

Website www.severntrentsearches.com

United Utilities
PO Box 30

Tel: 0870 751 0101
Fax: 0870 751 0102
e-mail: maps.direct@uuplc.co.uk


Highways questions which are answered by the Highways authority, Derbyshire County Council, are contained on the CON29 and form part of the official search. Enquiries regarding highway issues should be directed to the Highway Authority, by the person, company or firm carrying out the search. The address and telephone number of the Derbyshire County Council is as follows:

Derbyshire County Council
Local Land Charges
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

Telephone Number: 0845 6058 058

Property searches (including personal searches)

The public, including personal searchers, may search the Local Land Charges Register free of charge at Buxton Town Hall.

Any person can carry out a Personal Search provided an appointment (subject to availability) is booked at least 48 hours in advance.

To enable us to provide an efficient service, appointments will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A maximum of ten searches per day may be made at any one booking providing that 48 hours notice has been given of each of the addresses.

A plan of the area to be searched is required; this should be provided showing the area to be searched as hatched if faxed, and as edged red if e-mailed. Plans should be received no later than 48 hours prior to the appointment; failure to provide a plan when requested will result in cancellation.

Information required to complete the CON29 (excluding highways and drainage) is available direct from the relevant departments at a fee not exceeding cost recovery (please see our charges sheet for further information).

Payment for information must be made before your appointment and can be made by credit or debit card through Customer Services on 0345 129 77 77.

If you wish to pay by cheque please write separately to each service (Building Control, Environmental Health & Planning), and enclose the correct payment and marked plan. If you need information from each of the three services this will involve writing 3 separate cheques.

Appointments to inspect the Local Land Charge register are available up to 10 properties per day (subject to staff availability).

The Local Land Charges Register is available for inspection at:

Buxton Town Hall
Market Place
SK17 6EL

Tel: 0345 129 77 77
Email: land-searches@highpeak.gov.uk

Last updated: 22nd January 2015

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