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Is there subsidence in RM16 6ES?

Is there subsidence in RM16 6ES - Dove Close, Chafford Hundred?

Asked on Nov 30 2009, General in Grays | Report content

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  • I was going to buy a property in Chafford Hundred and the search that came back I could not get a mortgage on it was so bad. The subsidence problem is all over Chafford Hundred as it is built on reclaimed land which apparently used to be a quarry. I would think your property will subside - sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You might want to have a surveyor have a look at it to see if yours has started to go.

    Answered on Dec 19 2009, Report content
  • Just to be clear, there is not a problem with subsidence ‘all over’ Chafford Hundred. Chafford Hundred is indeed built in a quarry, a chalk quarry. Chalk is a rock, which is actually very suitable and stable for building on. There are however some parts of the quarry that were used as landfill sites during Victorian times. Obviously, anyone intending to buy a property should always commission a detailed survey. I work as a structural engineer, so have in depth knowledge on this subject.

    Answered on Apr 27 2013, Report content
  • Just to support the structural engineer's comments. This is a nasty myth about Chafford Hundred. The land is not 'reclaimed' it is 'reused'. Yes it was a quarry site but that is a good thing. It was quarrying the rock that is chalk - a rather stable and reliable bedrock laid down millions of years ago under warm and shallow oceans that used to cover the land as it was migrating form the southern hemisphere northward during creation of our modern continents. It is utter nonsense to suggest that 'subsidence is all over Chafford Hundred'. The only examples I have ever seen in the twenty years I have surveyed in this area have been one to do with a bay window that was not actually on the foundations of the house at all (!) and another where the building was a self-build extension where again the foundations were inadequate.

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    Answered on Dec 14 2014, Report content

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