Commercial Property purchase history – where?

Commercial Property purchase history – where?

9:38 AM, 31st July 2020, About 3 years ago 4

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I know the buyer before my purchase of a property, but there is an issue over Planning Permission, so I need to determine who they purchased it from in 2007 but I’m coming to a dead end as records seemingly (online or otherwise) don’t go back that far, and the last owner is being difficult saying they can’t find their files either.

Any suggestions anyone?

Also, can ONLY the person who owns a property put in for Planning Permission?

Many thanks

Reluctant Landlord

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Ian Narbeth

10:19 AM, 31st July 2020, About 3 years ago

Hi Reluctant Landlord. I am a commercial property lawyer. The Land Registry no longer shows previous owners on the Proprietorship Register. You may be able to glean the information from a deed or transfer from 2007. Failing that, you could ask (or ask the previous owner to ask) the LR as they will have the information.
As to your second question, anyone can apply for planning permission in respect of another's property but notice has to be given to the owner that an application is being made.


11:16 AM, 31st July 2020, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 31/07/2020 - 10:19
Out of curiosity, what are the consequences for the applicant if the applicant doesn't give notice to the owner that the application has been made?

Ian Narbeth

11:27 AM, 31st July 2020, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 31/07/2020 - 11:16
Section 65 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 states that a local planning authority “shall not entertain” an application unless the requirements to serve notices correctly are met and that any person who knowingly or recklessly issues a false or misleading certificate is guilty of an offence.
The application may be suspended until the correct notices are given. If permission is granted and the failure later comes to light it may be quashed on a judicial review application. The court retains a discretion whether to cross and might not do so if it would have made no difference.


13:00 PM, 31st July 2020, About 3 years ago

I sold a property where the prospective buyer needed change of use which they applied for since without it the building would be of no use to them. It's a few years ago but I am sure I received the notice directly from the council. So out of your hands in all probability. Try the council's planning portal, they go back quite a long way.

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