Local land charges

Local Land Charges

We no longer do searches of the Local Land Charges Register.

These are now done by HM Land Registry’s using their national register. You can access this service through:

What is a Local Land Charge?

A Local Land Charge is a legal restriction on a piece of land. It applies to all owners or occupiers of that piece of land. It is usually in the form of a planning permission, but can also cover listed buildings, conservation areas and other protected statuses.

These restrictions are not normally shown on your deeds.

Why do I need a Local Land Charges search?

Local Land Charges searches are normally required when you are buying a property. A search will tell your solicitor if a property has any of these charges on it.

Types of questions a local land charges search might answer

  • Are there any planning conditions, which will affect my proposed use of the property?
  • Is the house in a proposed renewal area? 
  • Will I have to pay to maintain the back street? 
  • Are there any proposals to build a new road nearby - will there be a flyover next to my bedroom window? 
  • Will the Council be introducing traffic calming, road restrictions or even residents parking? 
  • Is the extension built over a sewer? 
  • Will my view be spoilt by an industrial development at the end of the garden? 
  • Who maintains the footpath outside my front door? 
  • Is there a public footpath affecting the property? 
  • Are the trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order? 
  • Is the area designated as a Conservation Area? 
  • Are there any financial charges or debts for which I will become liable?

Benefits of Land Charges searches through HM Land Registry

Doing Local Land Charges searches through HM Land Registry means that:

  • You get instant online search results, with access to the data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, reducing delays
  • you have a search history dashboard giving access to your previous searches at any time
  • your results are secure, digitally signed and tamper proof

The new service also makes it easier and quicker for property developers to make informed decisions about their projects.

Con 29 searches

The Council do still carry out Con 29 searches. This is another type of search that will tell you about things like road schemes, the planning history of the property, building regulations and conservation area information.

How do I get a Con 29 search?

You need to get a Con 29 form, which you can get from Solicitors or Law Stationers. You need to include two up-to-date plans showing the area to be searched and outlined in red.

The Con 29 is divided into two parts:

  • Standard enquiries (Part1) are enquiries that the Council must answer 
  • Optional enquiries (Part II)

You should clearly mark in the relevant box if you want answers to these enquiries. You also need to include the necessary fee for each enquiry.

Send your completed forms to:

Local Land Charges
Pendle Borough Council
Town Hall
Market Street
Nelson
BB9 7LG

or DX 14669 NELSON

with a cheque made payable to Pendle Borough Council for the correct fee.

Any other Land Charges enquiries

If you have any other Land Charges enquiries, please type these on a separate sheet of paper and attach them to the Con 29 search form. The questions must be clear. We can't answer enquiries such as 'in the vicinity' or 'likely to affect the enjoyment' because they are too vague. Remember to include the necessary fee for each enquiry.

Information about other roads, footpaths and so on (Box C)

These roads and so on must be clearly identified in Box C and marked on the plan. We will not accept phrases such as 'all abutting'.

How much does a land charges search cost?

All fees can be paid online

Residential

Type of Search

Fee

VAT at 20%

Total

LLC1 (charges available via HM Land Registry)      
CON 29 (R) £60 £12 £72
CON 29 (0) (Part II Printed Enquiries Numbers 4-21) £25 £5 £30
CON 29 (0) (Part II Printed Enquiries Numbers 22) £25 £5 £30
Additional Parcels (Con29) £20 £4 £24
Solicitors Enquiries £30 £6 £36
Personal Searches of the Register only £0 £0 £0

Commercial

Type of Search

Fee

VAT at 20%

Total

LLC1 (charges available via HM Land Registry)      
CON 29 (R) £110 £22 £132
CON 29 (0) (Part II Printed Enquiries Numbers 4-21) £25 £5 £30
CON 29 (0) (Part II Printed Enquiries Numbers 22) £25 £5 £30
Additional Parcels (Con29) £20 £4 £24
Solicitors Enquiries £30 £6 £36
Personal Searches of the Register only £0 £0 £0

Highway queries

Highway queries need to be answered by Lancashire County Council. 

Contact Lancashire County Council with a Highways enquiry.

Public Registers and free data can be accessed by emailing LHS Business Service.

Information on Planning Applications

Our Planning department has searchable information on the web from 1990. Prior to 1990 the scanned plotting sheets have to be used.

View Planning Applications

Water searches

United Utilities look after most of the network of public sewers in Pendle although some areas of the Borough are covered by Yorkshire Water.

If you are asking for a search to be undertaken or you are wanting to undertake a personal search, please contact your water company:

United Utilities

United Utilities website

Tel: 0870 7510101

Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water website

Tel: 0845 1242424