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Is there subsidence/flooding in Chafford Hundred?

Looking to buy in Drake Road Chafford Hundred. Heard there may be a problem with subsidence/flooding. Is this true?

Asked on Sep 19 2009, General in Grays | Report content

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  • A friend of mine a few years ago was going to buy there and unfortunately it fell through because the house was subsiding and the environmental report by the Environment Agency came back with more ticks on it than her solicitor had ever seen before. She pulled out of the purchase and has heard that there are more problems on Chafford Hundred than ever! Hope this helps - you might want to carry out your own environmental search it only costs about £150.00 which is a lot less than putting underpinning on a house which is thousands!

    Answered on Oct 10 2009, Report content
  • What a load of rubbish! I am the local independent chartered building surveyor and I live close to Drake Road. There is no subsidence in Drake Road and no flooding either. Take a closer look at the road, it is half way up the slope! Water from above will pass down on its way and not stop there. The ground is chalk, a stable and porous rock that will soak up rainwater safely. Chalk does not subside.

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    Answered on Dec 14 2014, Report content

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