Searches - Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority
Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority: The Con29 search comprises a set of 'standard' (Con29R) and 'optional' (Con29O) questions compiled by The Law Society, which allow the potential purchaser of a property to find out specific information relating to that property. The search includes matters such as road schemes, planning history, building regulations, contaminated land, etc.
Most Solicitors and purchasers do not compile the search themselves, but instruct a third party to compile the information on their behalf, for a fee. The Con29 search is usually compiled by the District/Borough Council in which the property is situated or by a private Personal Search Company. In order to obtain a full Con29 search, records from both the County Council and the local District/Borough Council must be consulted.
Local Council search:
In order to arrange a Con29 search through the District/Borough Council, please contact the relevant Council's Land Charges department, using the Links below. The local Council will then formally consult the County Council regarding the highways, county planning and, if required, common land/village green elements. If you are unsure which local Council covers the parish where the property is situated, please see 'List of Parishes by District' below.
You can also apply for a Con29 search online. For more information, please see the link to NLIS (National Land Information Service).
Personal Search Company search:
In order to arrange a Con29 search through a PSC, you will need to contact them direct. However, please note that although the County Council is responsible for holding the Highways, County Planning and Common Land/Village Green information required to complete the Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority, the County Council are not responsible for the replies compiled by Personal Search Companies.
Con29 Search services available direct from the County Council:
If you only require answers to the Highways or County Planning elements of the Con29 search, then you can apply direct to the Highway Records team at the County Council for a formal response. Highway Records can provide County Council answers direct to you for the following questions: Con29(R)2016 1.2, 2.1-2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7e&f, 3.12 and Con29O - 4, 16, 22.2-3.
If you only require an answer to Con29O-22.1&3, then you will need to apply to our Legal Services section, via the local District Council. Link to Commons information: Common land and village greens
From Monday 2nd January 2017:
HMRC have stated that where possible, Local Authorities should charge 20% VAT on Con29 Searches from 1st January 2017. As a result, Gloucestershire County Council will be levying the 20% VAT charge from 1st January 2017.
Therefore, requests for information must be submitted on the following Jul2016/Mar17 form (with VAT_Jan2017): Con29GCC County Enquiry Form: Jul 2016 - Mar 2017 (VAT Jan 2017)
For further details about this service and our Jul2016/Mar17 charges, please read: Con29GCC County Information Sheet: Jul 2016 - Mar 2017 (VAT Jan 2017)
Statement under Section 9 of The Local Authorities (England) (Charges for Property Services) Regulations 2008: Section 9 statement 1 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
Information for Con29 personal searchers
Using the records
Please note that in order to be able to get the most out of the information available, you will need access to the County Council website, a clear plan of the property, and the Ordnance Survey grid reference. If the property is on a new estate, you may also need the development sales name and phase number.
Requests for additional information outside the remit of Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority are likely to require payment of a fee.
Sources of information relating to the Con29 2016 Edition (Ed.July 2016)
All information provided here is done so without prejudice and in good faith. Whilst every attempt has been made by the Highway Records team to ensure the information is up-to-date, Gloucestershire County Council excludes, to the fullest extent lawfully permitted, all liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising out of the use of this website or reliance upon the content of this website. Gloucestershire County Council does not exclude its liability (if any) for personal injury or death resulting from its negligence, for fraud or for any matter which it would be illegal to exclude or to attempt to exclude.
NB: The information below does not attempt to provide a complete list showing all the sources of information required to answer the Highways, County Planning and Common Land/Village Green questions, but is intended as additional information to other available sources.
2016 Schedule of Registers: Con29 (2016 Ed.) Schedule of Registers (v2)
Information regarding Planning Designations and Proposals:
Information is available from the following webpage: Planning for businesses
Information regarding Roadways, Footways and Footpaths
At present, information regarding the adopted 'List of Streets' Highway network is not available on-line. However, the Highway Records Maps are available for public inspection; they are kept in a Room within Main Reception at Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester (GL1 2TG for sat.nav). The Map Room is open during Main Reception opening hours (8.30am - 5pm, Monday - Friday, excl. Bank Holidays). Note that these maps show the status of the adopted highways, but do not show 'exact extent of highway'; see Highway Records for further information regarding this.
A list detailing any newly adopted roads which are not yet shown on the maps, and a list of developments currently covered by Adoption Agreements is also kept in the Map Room.
NB: The Reception staff will not be able to provide assistance with regard to the records, so a guidance leaflet on how to use the resources is available in the Map Room (Map Room User GuideOpens new wi). If, on arrival, you have any queries about the Road Records or 'Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority' searches, please complete the relevant Enquiry Form and hand it to Reception staff (with any appropriate payment as advised on the Form), who will then forward the enquiry to Highway Records. Alternatively, if you wish to make an appointment to see either the Road Records (or Public Rights of Way) staff, please ring us beforehand.
Public Rights of Way & associated Deposited Statements
Information regarding Public Rights of Way shown on the Definitive Map can be found at: Public rights of way
The mapping information shown on the website is for guidance only; the Definitive Map within Shire Hall should be consulted for the legal representation of a right of way. If you require further information, please contact email@example.com or telephone 08000 514 514 & ask for the PROW Team.
Registers showing applications made under Section 53 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, and Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980/Section 15(A) of the Commons Act 2006 are also available on the PROW pages.
Information regarding approved, but not yet implemented, highway schemes and traffic regulation orders:
The attached spreadsheet will be updated on a regular basis. It is the Users responsibility to ensure that they consult the latest information, and the County Council cannot be held responsible if a superseded version is used. (Hover over the links to see the date of the current versions)
Current Version: Schemes + TRO info
Supplemental List not yet shown in the main list: Supplemental Scheme list - nothing to show
The information given in the description field is in the following format: "A & B; C", where:
A = ROAD. If the scheme is declarable under Qu.3.4, the word ROAD will be displayed.
B = 3.1LAND or 3.2LAND. If land is required for public purposes, the word 3.1LAND will be displayed. If land outside the highway boundary is required to enable a 'Qu.3.4 Nearby Road Scheme' or 'Qu.3.6 Traffic Scheme' to be implemented, the word 3.2LAND will be displayed. However, it is not possible to determine from the attached whether or not land outside the highway boundary will be required from a particular property or site.
C = a list of the 'Qu.3.6 Traffic Schemes (a) - (l)' elements which apply to the scheme as a whole.
NB - Ordnance Survey grid references: where given, the single-point reference is only intended as an approximate guide to the general location of the scheme. It is not possible to give precise single-point references due to the 'irregularly-shaped' size and nature of schemes.
Statement regarding 'Cheltenham North West Bypass' (updated 17June2010):
Chelt. NW Bypass Statement June2010Opens new wind
Location overview of those Schemes which are hard to describe:
This information should also be read in conjunction with the District Local Plans and the Local Transport Plan. In addition, other road schemes may be being promoted by third parties (for instance developers), so it is advisable to also check with the District Council.
Nearby Railway Schemes:
There are currently no declarable Railway Schemes within the Administrative Area of Gloucestershire. If this changes, information will be provided here.
Information regarding Building & Improvement Lines:
Under the Roads Improvement Act 1925 and Public Health Act 1925, Building and Improvement lines were prescribed for various roads in the County between 1928 and 1935. They are now regarded as obsolete and there are no proposals to implement them.
Building & Improvement Lines PlanOpens new window
Information regarding Road Proposals by Private Bodies:
This information is not currently available on a public register. Please submit your enquiry on the 'Con29 County Enquiry Form' and send it to Highway Records. See 'Con29 County Information Sheet' for further info).
Gloucestershire Mineral Local Plan Consultation Areas:
Please see the attached link: Adopted Minerals and Waste Local Plans
Flood Risk Management, Defence & Land Drainage
Information regarding this can be obtained from our Flood Risk Team via FloodRiskManagement@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Common Land and Village Green
Please see the attached link: Common land and village greens