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Why Do We Ask About Planning Permission?

It has recently been reported that actress Anna Friel has been ordered to remove or rebuild her extension as it was not completed in accordance with planning permission granted in 2014.

Windsor Council has issued a building enforcement notice against her and the actress now has three months to respond.

In this case Anna Friel has agreed to make the required changes to bring the property in line with the Council’s planning requirements and if this is completed, no further action will be taken.

Why this is important for you…

Selling your House

When you sell your house Fosters Solicitors will ask you whether any Building Works, Change of Use or Installations have taken place at the property and if so, whether you have the planning permissions, Building Regulation approvals and Completion certificates for the works.

This is so that we can respond to any enquiries raised by your buyer and confirm that any works have been done in accordance with regulations.

Buying your House

When you buy your house Fosters Solicitors will thoroughly investigate the property. Part of this will be to identify whether any works have been undertaken at the property which would require Planning Permission, Building Regulation Approval or a Compliance Certificate.

This is done to ensure that you do not face any action for a breach of the regulations once you become the legal owner. It is also a requirement of any mortgage lender that these checks are done.

When buying a house we would always advise that you have a Local Authority search and Survey carried out on the property to help with these investigations.

If you are looking into buying or selling a property, contact our Residential Property department today. Our team is the biggest residential conveyancing department in Norfolk with offices in Norwich, Wymondham, Lowestoft and Bungay, We can offer you a competitive quote. Call us on 01603 620508 or email us and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

This article was produced on the 3rd November 2016 by our Residential Property team for information purposes only and should not be construed or relied upon as specific legal advice.