Searches - Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority
Covid19 Update (Jan.2021):
We continue to face difficult times as a result of Covid19. Staff are predominantly based away from Shire Hall, and although we are set up to provide a basic service from remote locations (providing the network connections allow), delays may result if your enquiry requires reference to historic paper-based resources.
We are additionally currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries (both ‘regular’ and ‘urgent’) as a result of the stamp duty holiday, and our general turnaround times have unfortunately increased. Therefore, in order to be fair across the majority of our customer base we cannot currently offer to prioritise urgent enquiries, and will be responding to queries in chronological order. We appreciate your understanding at this time.
Access to the Shire Hall Public Map Room:
Please note that access to Main Reception is currently restricted, and the Map Room is currently unavailable. As a consequence, we have added some additional resource links to our currently available online information - please see within the dropdown below re: Information for Personal Searchers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but would appreciate your understanding.
Searches - Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority
The "Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority" 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. 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, there is a helpful search facility on the Glos. Parish & Town Councils page.
You can also apply for a full Con29 search online via the National Land Information Service.
Personal Search Company search:
In order to arrange a Con29 search through a PSC, you will need to contact them directly. 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, 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, 3.7ef&g, 3.12 and Con29O - 4, 16, 21, 22.2&3.
If you require an answer to Con29O-22.1&3, you will need to apply to our Legal Services section, via the local District Council. Link to Commons/Village Green information: Common land and village greens.
Please note that you may need to contact more than one authority to gain a complete answer to some questions. The attached 2016 Schedule of Registers: Con29 (2016 Ed.) Schedule of Registers 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.
Charges for answers to the County Council's Highways/County Planning Con29 questions:
Charges applicable April 2020 - March 2021: Con29 Charges 2020-21
Please note that VAT is payable on Con29 Searches.
Please note we can only supply information regarding properties within the Administrative area of Gloucestershire. We do not cover South Gloucestershire, and not all GL postcodes lie in Gloucestershire.
Online Con29 Ordering & payment:
Please click the below "Submit Con29 & Pay" link and enter your details and the location of your enquiry. Please select "Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority" when prompted, and you will then be directed to select which questions you wish to ask.
Details of our individual charges will not be listed on the online form, but can be found in the 'Charges' section above. Please ensure you have read them so you are aware of the likely total charge. You will, however, be able to review the cost of your order before being passed to our payment services partner, Capita, who will securely process your card details.
Please also note you will be required to upload a location plan, and confirm that the responses you will receive will be read in conjunction with the attached Con29 Informatives: GCC Con29 Informatives.
For information: Please allow the payment process to fully complete before moving away from the order page. Following submission and payment of your order you will receive 2 confirmation emails (one from us, and another from the payment services partner). If you do not receive this (within 2 hours of submission), please email email@example.com.
How else can I order Con29 information:
Please note that we can no longer accept card payments over the phone. Therefore, if you cannot use the online ordering system, you will need to send us a cheque made payable to Gloucestershire County Council for the correct total, together with a completed copy of the attached postal submission form.
Form for postal submission (April 2020 - March 2021): Con29GCC County Enquiry Form Apr2020-Mar2021
On receipt of your order, we will assess your request and be in touch if we have any immediate queries. Otherwise, we aim to provide a substantive response to Con29 enquiries within approximately 5 working days.
Section 9 Statement
Statement issued in accordance with the Charging for Property Services Regulations 2008: Section 9 statement - 2019/20.
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 separate 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
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.
⇒ Covid19 arrangements regarding access to information on the status of Streets:
Whilst we cannot provide fully up-to-date information online regarding the status of Streets, we advise the following whilst the Shire Hall Map Room is closed...
Geoplace (who coordinate the National Street Gazetteer) have published the status of Streets (where available) for the whole of England & Wales. The "Map" section will allow you to identify whether any recorded Street is "publicly maintainable", "prospectively maintainable" (i.e. under agreement for adoption), "privately maintainable" or "mixed responsibility". It is, however, very important to note that the information held is not "live", it may be up to 1-1.5 months old and so should be used with caution (particularly for the prospectively, privately, and mixed categories). Link: https://www.findmystreet.co.uk/
In addition, attached is a list of the current streets covered by Adoption Agreements: Streets under Adoption Agreements
In addition, attached is a list of "newly adopted highways not yet shown on the Road Record maps": Newly Adopted Highways - 3Dec2020
By using a combination of the above, it should provide you with correct information for most Streets; however, we CANNOT and DO NOT guarantee this for ALL Streets. If you have any queries, you can ask us to check the status by calling 01452 328977 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; however, we may not be able to reply immediately. Please bear with us during this time.
Public Rights of Way & Section 31(6) & 15 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: (None)
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.
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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.
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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 & Safeguarding Areas:
Please see the attached link: to https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/planning-policy/policies-proposals-map/
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