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Hi, Is there a way to get hold of information on the parties

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Is there a way to get hold of information on the parties currently in negotiation of a property deal? I represent a local housing association and recenlty a few properties in ourr conservation area have gone for sale and been snapped up. We are concerned the developers are a large group who we have seen use their power to force through their own agenda in the local area before. We really do not want this to happen in our conservation area. Any help would eb appreciated.

Thanks for your patience.

The only information publicly available is the registered titles for land/properties which are available for download from the land registry:-!ut/p/b1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOKNjSxMDA1NjDwsjM3MDTxN3dyNDUNMjQ1MjPWDU_P0C7IdFQG9k5Tz/

However, if the parties have not exchanged contracts on the sale then there will be no evidence of this at the land registry or anywhere else apart from the parties to the transaction themselves.

Occasionally, if they have exchanged contracts but with a completion date quite a long way in the future then the buyer will register the contract at land registry so that it appears as an entry on the charges register of the title. If they did this then you could see who the buyer is, but this is quite rare (ie. usually in the case of a buyer who wishes to complete a long time in the future and so has to arrange planning/financials in the intervnening period.

If you are aware of properties that the proposed buyer may have already bought then you can download the titles for them and check who has bought them and when, so you could find out that way.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Thomas,


Thank you for your reply. Can I just clarify then that there is no legal way to request/obtain information on the buyer until after the sale is completed? Do you know if it is possible for us to prevent development on the sites in some way?


I don't think there is a legal request that you could make to obtain information about the proposed buyer.

You have the same right to object to development in the same way that everybody else does, this is to object during the consultation period for planning permission under which such development is proposed.

You may consider contacting the local authority to advise of any planning permission which have been applied for.

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