A Guide to Local Land Charges


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Local Land Charges were the creation of the Land Charges Act 1975 and were set up to make new purchasers aware of any enforceable obligations that were binding on successive owners. The principle is still the same today, although changes have taken place with regard to Statutes, Rules and Acts which govern the Register.

A Local Land Charge Search forms an important part of the Conveyancing Process your Solicitor carries out when you purchase a property. Your Solicitor will guide you through the process, one element of which is the Local Land Charge Search.

A standard search comprises of an LLC1 and CON 29 which comes with the assurance and insurance that all responses have been investigated and authenticated by the Local Authority and signed by the Proper Officer.

LLC1 Form

This is asking how many entries there are in the Register.

The Register is split into twelve parts as follows:

  • Parts I and II - Financial
  • Part III - Planning
  • Part IV - Miscellaneous
  • Part V - Fenland
  • Part VI - Land Compensation
  • Part VII - New Towns
  • Part VIII - Civil Aviation
  • Part IX - Opencast Coal
  • Part X - Listed Buildings
  • Part XI - Light Obstruction Notices
  • Part XII - Drainage Schemes

 

Con 29 Form

These relate to information or new proposals known, relating to the property, for example on road schemes, proposed enforcement action, planning history, etc.

The LLC1 and the CON 29 together form the basic Standard Local Land Charge Search.

 

Con 29O Form

Contains ‘Optional Enquiries’ such as footpaths, highways and informal notice questions, to name a few. You will need to familiarise yourself with these and ensure you discuss with your Solicitor which, if any, you need to ask. CON 29O enquiries incur a separate fee for each question asked.

 

Additional Questions

If you wish to ask any ‘Additional Questions’, it is advisable for your Solicitor to check before submitting the search, to see if we are able to provide a reply. These questions also require an additional fee.

 

For Further Information Contact:

Email: land.charges@malvernhills.gov.uk

By Phone: 01684 862269, 01684 862147 or 01684 862396

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions including links to internal webpages and external websites.

Q. What are your current fees?
A. Please check Malvern's fees.
 
Q. How can I submit a search to Malvern Hills District Council?
A. We accept searches by post, through The National Land Information Service (NLIS) or by our own online web-submission service.
 
Q. How is the information held?
A. All our information has been captured onto our Geographical Information System (GIS) and help will be given on using this system.
 
Q. Can I access actual files and documents?
A. Our information is given to you in the same format as it is held and provided to the Local Land Charges Department, captured onto out GIS system. Public Registers and public documents should be requested from the originating departments and can generally be supplied via email.
 
Q. Can information required to answer the CON 29 be purchased on a question by question basis?
A. No.
 
Q. Is the information only available during set times and is an appointment procedure in place?
A. No information is now available on our web site is now available via our online maps.
 
Q. Does Malvern Hills District Council accept client cheques?
A. No, however we can take payment by debit or credit card over the phone.
 
Q. Can I expedite a search?
A. We do not offer an expedited service as the majority of our searches are completed within 5 working days, however should you have any specific requirements we will always try to ensure we can meet these.
 
Q. Does Malvern Hills District Council carry out the drainage search?
A. No, you will need to request a search from Severn Trent Water Searches.
 
Q. My question is not listed above, who do I contact?
A. Email any questions you may have to the Local Land Charges team direct, land.charges@malvernhills.gov.uk or call them on 01684 862269, 01684 862147 or 01684 862396.