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    Default New Build Flat - Knotweed on Adjacent land owned by National Rail

     
    Hi,

    Im purchasing a new build flat - I have just found out that there is Japanese knotweed on the adjacent land which is owned by National Rail. It is 8.6 metres away.

    National rail have a treatment plan in place wherby it is treated every year until eradicated, and I have a confirmation letter of this. I have spoken to a surveyor who works in line with Colleys, he has confirmed that providing it is not within a 7 metre radius and that it is on a treatment plan for eradication - I should be ok.

    Should I be worried about it?

    Will it prevent mortgage lenders from borrowing?

    has anyone experienced a similar situation?

    I haven't exchanged as of yet but would like to know if anyone has experienced anything similar.
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    Yatt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yatt View Post
    Hi,

    Im purchasing a new build flat - I have just found out that there is Japanese knotweed on the adjacent land which is owned by National Rail. It is 8.6 metres away.

    National rail have a treatment plan in place wherby it is treated every year until eradicated, and I have a confirmation letter of this. I have spoken to a surveyor who works in line with Colleys, he has confirmed that providing it is not within a 7 metre radius and that it is on a treatment plan for eradication - I should be ok.

    Should I be worried about it?

    Will it prevent mortgage lenders from borrowing?

    has anyone experienced a similar situation?

    I haven't exchanged as of yet but would like to know if anyone has experienced anything similar.
    Thanks,

    Yatt
    In my opnion, I would not go anywhere near it. buying a house/flat is the biggest investment we make. it is not worth the risk unless you are an property investor.
    I understand if you have asked this question means the property has ticked a lot of your boxes and may be best in your budget.

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    'Should be OK' isn't enough when it comes to Japanese knotweed, it's roots are known to spread 20ft, so 8.6m is a very fine margin.

    Did the developers make you aware of it's presence or did you just happen to find out?

    There are even law companies specialising in claims against Network Rail now.
    Last edited by hossballs; 13th April 2017 at 21:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hossballs View Post
    'Should be OK' isn't enough when it comes to Japanese knotweed, it's roots are known to spread 20ft, so 8.6m is a very fine margin.

    Did the developers make you aware of it's presence or did you just happen to find out?

    There are even law companies specialising in claims against Network Rail now.

    Hi There,

    Been away from this for a while.

    So I seeked professional advice from a surveyor. I was given the green light providing that its not on the land, that it is beyond 7 Metres and that an adequate treatment plan is in place. It is to be treated every year until eradicated.

    I have proof from National Rail that a treatment plan is in place. I was advised by the developer themselves - so it wasnt a nasty surprise.

    Thanks,

    Yatt

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