Personal searches

also known as: Land Charges, Local Land Charges.

How to apply for a personal search and ask for component data.

You can make an appointment to make a personal search at the relevant local land charge office.

Please note: A personal Search is not the same thing as Component Data. A Personal Search is only a viewing of the Local Land Charges Register.

Appointments are available between 10.00 – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm at the relevant local land charge office.

You will need to make an appointment at least one working day in advance.

When calling for an appointment we will ask you for the following information:

  • name and or/company
  • address of property
  • up to date location plan so that we can identify the relevant parcel of land or property. The contact details for each area office can be found here.

The authority reserves the right to limit the number of searches carried out at each appointment (maximum 5).

Please note:

  • Appointments will be kept open for 20 minutes after which a new appointment will have to be made. This is to ensure staff coverage and to minimise disruption to the ‘official’ search process.
  • Although the registers below are open for public inspection, that does not mean that staff are under a legal obligation to supply supplementary or additional advice.
  • Our staff have been advised not to give gratuitous information because of the legal implications. You should, therefore, be aware that you will be required to retrieve your information from the records provided.

There is no charge for a personal search.

It must be stressed however, that a personal searcher should be prepared to carry out a search and inspection of local authority records without assistance from local authority staff.

A personal searcher or any member of the public is entitled to inspect other public registers.

View the access arrangements for viewing Con29R information here

Land Registry information

Land Registry is the government department created in 1862 to register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.

Visit the Land Registry website here.

Area office contact details 

Find the contact details for each of our area offices.

Contact: Stuart Blair
Address: Alnwick Office, Room 12, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick NE66 1HW 
Phone: 01670 623839
Email: Stuart.Blair@northumberland.gov.uk

In order to obtain the Con29 information for this area, please contact the relevant offices below:

  • Statutory Search of the Local Land Charges Register for former Alnwick Area
  • Local Land Charges – Alnwick Office, Room 12, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick NE66 1HW (*The register is in a paper format held in Kalamazoo Books listed in parish order)
  • Planning – Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YY
  • Adopted Highways – The Highways Department, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF (Please contact The Highways Department for details on the adopted highways register)

Contact: Amber Sweet
Address: Old Fire Station, Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2EF
Phone: 01670 623720
Email: Amber.Sweet@northumberland.gov.uk

In order to obtain the Con29 information for this area, please contact the relevant offices below:

  • Statutory Search of the Local Land Charges Register for former Wansbeck Area
  • Local Land Charges – Local Land Charges (South East), Old Fire Station, Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2EF
  • A pre printed extract from the Land Charges Register
  • Planning – Planning, Council Offices, Front Street, Bedlington NE22 5TU
  • Adopted Highways – The Highways Department, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF

Contact: Sharon Laidlaw
Address: Berwick Office, Council Offices, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1ED
Phone: 01670 623828
Email: LandCharges.Berwick@northumberland.gov.uk

In order to obtain the Con29 information for this area, please contact the relevant offices below:

  • Statutory Search of the Local Land Charges Register for former Berwick-Upon-Tweed Area
  • Local Land Charges – Council Offices, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1ED(* A pre-printed extract from the Land Charges Register)
  • Planning – Council Offices, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1ED
  • Adopted Highways – The Highways Department, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF

*Please contact The Highways Department for details on the adopted highways register.

Contact: Robert Wilson / Amber Sweet
Address: Old Fire Station, Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2EF
Phone: 01670 623722 / 623720
Email: LandChargesSouthEast@northumberland.gov.uk

In order to obtain the Con29 information for this area, please contact the relevant offices below:

  • Search of the Local Land Charges Register for former Blyth Valley Area
  • Local Land Charges – Local Land Charges (South East), Old Fire Station, Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2EF

The former Castle Morpeth Area has been divided into three areas:

North Morpeth area

(These parishes being: Morpeth, Cresswell, Widdrington Village & Station & Stobswood, East Chevington, Thirston, Tritllington, West Chevington, Ulgham, Longhirst, Pegwood, Herbon, Longhorsley, Hepscott, Stannington, Mitford, Meldon, Hartburn, Netherwitton and Wallington Demesne).

Please send searches to:

Contact: Sharon Laidlaw
Address: Berwick Office, Council Offices, Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1ED
Phone: 01670 623828
Email: LandCharges.Berwick@northumberland.gov.uk

West Morpeth area

(These parishes being: Ponteland, Heddon on the Wall, Stamfordham, Whalton, Belsay, Capheaton and Matfen).

Please send searches to:

Contact: Anne Dodd
Address: Prospect House, Hexham, NE46 3NH
Phone: 01670 623810
Email: Anne.Dodd@northumberland.gov.uk

South East Morpeth area

(These parishes being: Lynemouth, Ellington and Linton).

Please send searches to:

Contact: Amber Sweet / Robert Wilson
Address: Old Fire Station, Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2EF

Phone: 01670 623720 or 01670 623722
Email: LandChargesSouthEast@northumberland.gov.uk

Contact: Teresa Bessant
Address: Prospect House, Hexham, NE46 3NH
Phone: 01670 623847
Email: Teresa.Bessant@northumberland.gov.uk

Component data

You can ask to receive component data from the County Council.

1. Check which area office your property falls under here then email the following information to the relevant office:

  • Company name.
  • Property address (a postcode must be submitted).
  • List of questions from the Con29R which you want answered.
  • A suitable plan of the respective property (please make sure this is attached).

The email should also contain the following statement - “I agree to pay the relevant fee for this information at the time when I arrive to carry out my personal search of the Local Land Charges Register.”

Example of a request:

Dear Sir or Madam

The Personal Search Company

Property Name: Allerburn House, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1YY

I would like to request the following component data:

1.1F, G and H

3.7A, C and F

3.9N

I agree to pay the relevant fee for this information at the time when I arrive to carry out my personal search of the Local Land Charges Register.

*Please note if you only wish to get component data and do not wish to conduct a personal search of the Local Land Charges you must post the relevant fee as a cheque made payable to Northumberland County Council to the relevant office with the questions you wish to be answered and a return address as well as the details listed in the email as appropriate.

If you do not have email access

If you do not have access to email please phone the relevant office to request the relevant Component Data at the same time as booking your Personal Search then fax the plan to the relevant office.

Please note: A personal Search is not the same thing as Component Data. A Personal Search is only a viewing of the Local Land Charges Register.

Once you have booked and paid for the component data and the responses have been collated from the relevant departments, the completed data will be sent to either your return address or relevant email address.

View component data fees and costs here.

Information that is marked as “FREE TO VIEW” can be viewed at the Relevant Area Office