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This Month's Newsletter

Property and Building Surveyors

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Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: 14th April 2014

In this month's edition, ... Wind Turbines, Sink Holes, Road Names and the return of Gazumping

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - April 2014
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 provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.
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High Court Ruling Sets Precedent for Reduction of New Wind Turbines Being Placed in ‘Unspoilt Landscape’)
Ref. North Norfolk District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & David Mack (2014) EWHC 279
North Norfolk District Council has become the latest council to receive a decision from the High Court to quash a decision from a planning Inspector. This case involved an inspector’s approval for a large turbine to be erected in North Norfolk, which would have impacted an “unspoilt landscape” and nearby Listed Buildings. The ruling follows our report last June, highlighting a similar judgement which acted to protect local Listed Buildings…
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Councils take on Boris and Lose over 80% Affordable Rents
Ref. London Borough of Islington & Ors v The Mayor of London [2014] EWHC 751
A group of nine councils have lost a High Court challenge to the Mayor of London’s plan to allow ‘affordable’ rents in new housing to be set at 80% of the market rate.
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Britain hit by plague of Sink Holes after weeks of winter storms.
Britain and in particular the South East was hit with a plague of sink holes as the winter storms damaged the country, destroying houses, roads and gardens. Whilst the country’s media focused on the high profile flooding, we look at the remarkable phenomena of sink holes and whether they can affect you…
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Park Home Rules Changed
The Government have, at long last, published new Regulations concerning Park Homes and their site rules. The Secondary Legislation came into force on 4th February 2014 and applies to all residential parks in England. Significant changes have been made to the way park owners and their advisers must operate…
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Rude road names and Broadband speeds reduce house prices
Studies have revealed that both rude road names and broadband speeds have a significantly detrimental affect on house prices, with rude road names knocking an average of £84,000 off the property and poor broadband speeds capable of reducing an asking price by up to 20%.
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Princess Anne’s Homes in the Countryside
Princess Anne has raised the profile of the debate over where and how to site homes in Rural areas. Speaking with her own views, but also as the Patron of the English Rural Housing Association, the Princess Royal has advocated proportionate expansion of rural villages and towns over creating whole new towns…
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House Wars: The Gazump Strikes Back
With increasing property competition and help from government schemes such as the Help to Buy, the Gazump has made a very unwanted return.
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Bedroom Tax Pain Exacerbated by Right-to-Buy induced Shortage
The "Bedroom tax" has received considerable publicity of late and further criticism has drawn attention to a significant problem that Tenants who cannot downsize have their benefits reduced regardless - leaving many unduly punished for the council's lack of property provision and the shortage of properties left in the wake of the Right-to-Buy scheme…
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Empty Bedroom, Empty Council Hardship Budget, Empty Saving?
It has been reported in the press over the last few days that many councils have run out of the emergency cash fund supplied by Central Government in order to alleviate the impact on tenants worst affected by the introduction of the spare bedroom benefit reduction, the 'Bedroom Tax'. We look at the Bedroom Tax as a whole, discovering that it may not even be paying its way…
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'HS2 Floods the Home Counties’ – Could this be a headline of the future?
In light of the winter floods, fears are increasing that the proposed High Speed Rail Link connecting the North of the country to London - so beloved by many of our political heavyweights - is highly likely to increase the levels of flooding that have so beset the country over the last few months…
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And Finally....

In case you missed it…..

Britain’s luckiest town and the top 20 most vulnerable freeholders.
Seaside town in Lancashire has been named the luckiest town in Britain whilst the M21 postcode of Manchester named most vulnerable to burglaries.
How does your neighbourhood fare?
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