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Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
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Publication date: 18th June 2013

This month's edition includes a Court of Appeal ruling on a wind farm with the potential to seriously impact a precious Grade I listed site, a set-back for Westminster Council's battle against the Adult Entertainment Industry, rumours of a class action, an exposé on an entrepreneur who could unlock Britain's wealth of tidal power and three of the funniest property related articles you'll see this year...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - June 2013
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to help many persons with an interest in property gain an accurate view of what is happening in the UK property market as a whole.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

Court of Appeal examines the impact of a Wind Farm on a number of precious Grade I Heritage Assets
Ref. (1) East Northamptonshire District Council (2) English Heritage (3) National Trust v (1) Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government (2) Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd [2013] EWHC 473 (Admin)
The Court of Appeal was called upon to preside over a case in which English Heritage and the National Trust faced off against Mr Pickles’ Department for Communities and Local Government over a proposed wind farm in Sudborough, Northamptonshire, which would significantly impact a number of Grade I listed sites designated as of exceptional interest and potentially international importance. The result will give food for thought for developers and Government Inspectors alike…
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Landmark Court of Appeal Ruling thwarts Councils on excessive licence fees for legitimate Adult Entertainment Industry establishments
Ref. R (Hemming & Others) v Westminster City Council (2012) EWHC 1260
The biggest property case of the month sees a landmark ruling from the Court of Appeal which will not only cost Westminster City Council approximately £2m, but which could have wide reaching effects for the regulation of almost all council licensed activities in the UK…
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A view across London - could more Adult shops be on the cards?

Report reveals temporary accommodation costs of £2bn for just 12 councils leading to possible class action
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) has released a report focused on 12 local authorities across Britain, from London to Edinburgh, which have spent almost £2bn on housing vulnerable homeless families in short-term accommodation including B & Bs, hostels and shelters – against Government guidance. That looks likely to mean substantial legal action in the near future…
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As class action is threatened, a Council is fined nearly £4000 for ‘totally unacceptable’ 17 week stay in B&B
As we discuss the massive £2bn bill spent on temporary accommodation by our councils, Birmingham Council becomes the subject of the Local Government Ombudsman’s close analysis – resulting in £4000 in costs for what the Ombudsman believes was a ‘totally unacceptable’ 17 week stay in a one bed B & B for a family of five….
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Houses like yours are affected by the changes

General Permitted Development Amendment – What does it mean for me, my home and my high street?
Permitted Development Rights regarding offices, shops, and homes like yours have just changed. Almost every home is affected. Read our article to find out how this impacts you and how it could help reshape your local high street over the next three years – for better or worse.
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Changes to planning guidance in England will give communities a greater say on wind farm proposals.
A change in planning guidance will enable communities to have a greater impact on the final decision regarding the development of onshore wind farms, whilst simultaneously being offered greater incentives to accept the proposals.
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Buying a House? Chattels, fixtures and stripped out houses
Too many buyers agree to purchase a house without being clear on precisely what is included. When they finally walk in, they are met with a stripped out shell. We provide a professional’s view on the legality of what should change hands and how to protect your interests appropriately…
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Why is the country with the greatest tidal resources on earth, covering the countryside with windfarms?
Britain is blessed as the country with the most tidal resources in the world. With 8 of the 20 identified possible sites for tidal barrages across the entire planet, it may seem amazing that we haven’t invested significantly in tidal power as a source of electricity. We look at why that might be and an exciting new plan that could change the face of the UK’s renewable energy landscape…
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Enterprise Zones Set to Take Off with New £100m Funding
Eric Pickles has announced that the Government is pledging to increase its infrastructure investment in ‘enterprise zones’ by £100m in an attempt to help enterprise zones attract business and create thousands of local jobs. We look at the success of the zones so far and whether you can expect the funding to affect you…
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And Finally....

In case you missed it…..
Arts Centre demolished for being 75cm out……careful what you leave out when the estate agents come round……Mr Blobby paint job
In a bumper week of amusing property news, we dwell on three main stories – an arts centre that was destroyed for being 75cm too large, an amusing statue that has caused quite a stir with estate agents and the prank of all pranks….
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