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We're thinking of offering on a house in Lloyd Park area just north of the park (Douglas Ave). It's one of the old Warner Homes and although this one is freehold I understand lots in the area are leasehold and the land is still held by the Warner family.
We've had our fingers burned on a previous abortive purchase with restrictive covenants on the property preventing business use. Since my DP runs a business from home fixing laptops this turned out to be a dealbreaker. It strikes us there's a risk of them in this type of estate also and we can't really face having an offer accepted and spending time and money just to find this out along the line and have to pull out again.
The agent blithely assured me there was nothing like that to worry about but I don't really trust him to know one way or another. Anyone live in the area willing to say if there's anything like that in their deeds?
Also planning. From a quick skim of council website it doesn't seem to be in a conservation area but a look at satellite images on Google seems to show very few loft conversions/extensions. Is there anything we should know that might stop us doing either?
I don't know anything about that particular area but you can find out the information you are looking for very simply. You can buy a copy of the Title Deeds to any house you are contemplating buying from the Land Registry for £3. It will give details of any restrictive covenants. Your local council website should also have a planning section where you can search for past planning applications in the area. That will give you an idea of what has and has not been accepted in the past.