I am pleased to see that the current Law Society consultation on proposed amendments to the Con29 search proposes to include enquiries relating to CIL, assets of community value and the new heritage asset agreements/orders.

Far too long can be spent searching a local authority website or trying to speak to the right person on the phone to find out such information otherwise and putting this information into the local search will highlight the issues where otherwise they may have been overlooked.

What the new enquiries won't tell us is whether a CIL charging schedule is imminent - the enquiry only asks whether a charging schedule already exists - so some digging around may still be necessary, but I think this is definitely a positive move forwards.

If you want to have your say on this consultation, the deadline is 1 August.