Thorp vs Abbot

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A recent legal case serves as a timely reminder that simple searches are not sufficient when buying a property. Large scale housing developments, which have been the subject of a few stories over the past few months are very unlikely to be identified in the suite of mandatory searches, such as the CON29 Local Authority

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Importance of Utility Reports, an Electrical Example in West London

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Background There are many examples of the value of undertaking comprehensive due diligence at the feasibility and design stages of development projects. This case study highlights the impact when things go wrong and also describes how a Utility Report can mitigate the risks. A Developer successfully bid to a Local Authority to build a new

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Gatwick Gusher

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It was recently reported that the “Gatwick Gusher” has made significant progress in advancing the UK’s oil and gas production with oil flowing freely to the surface under its own pressure. The well, located near Horse Hill, Gatwick, South East England which is operated by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) could be one of the

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River Adur Smell – Historic or Current Industrial Practices?

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There has been much debate on whether the sewage-like smell around the mouth of the River Adur is caused by current industrial practices or that of the former Brighton and Hove Gas Works. In addition to the odour, there have been reports of black oily globules along the water line and thin films of oil

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Summer Flooding

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“Summer floodin’, we stood aghast. Summer floodin’, happened so fast…”* Groundsure’s home county of Sussex was battered by torrential rain earlier this month and it was reported that there was more rainfall in 9 hours than the average for the entirety of August. (1) Flash surface water flooding happened across the county, Brighton Station was

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The Importance of Ordering a Planning Search on a Conveyancing Transaction

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In June 2015 Bird and Bird were sued for approximately £2m after they were found liable of failing to advise their client of a successful planning application, which, it was deemed, would negatively affect the purchase. Rebecca Chow, of Orientfield Holdings, had paid a £2.75m deposit on a £25m seven-bedroom property in St John’s Wood,

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Honeycrocks Farm and Planning

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In April 2015, a Surrey farmer lost his long-running battle with the planning authorities to protect a mock-Tudor castle which he had constructed behind huge bales of hay. Robert Fidler had built the four bedroom castle on Greenbelt land he owned since the 1970s at Honeycrocks Farm in Salfords, Surrey, while obscured by a blue

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Waste Not, Want Not

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The first half of 2014 (Jan-July) saw over 682,000 residential conveyancing transactions, over 100,000 more than the previous year. Additionally, house prices increased by 11.7% in the year up to July 2014, up from 10.2% in the previous year to June 2014. With house prices set to soar even further and demand for housing increases,

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Britain’s Most Flooded Pub

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Between October and December 2012 the The Ship Inn in Mevagissey, Cornwall has flooded 12 times in 12 weeks. Within this time the pub lost over £10,000 in sales alone. Two months after taking over the pub the landlord “jumped ship”. When the new landlords took over in February 2013 they were in for a

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Kursaal Amusement Park

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We recently stumbled upon an intriguing set of maps whilst researching for a report. The map, from 1950, shows the now abandoned Kursaal Amusement Park in intricate detail. Opened in Southend in 1901, the amusement park included rides such as the Never Stop Railway, Midget Mansion and the Wall of Death. The park was hugely

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