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Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: 23rd December 2015

In this month's edition... A landmark case on switching between planning applications, one of the largest ever confiscation orders, a huge deal for Britain's largest buy-to-let landlords, extra support for the devestated areas of Cumbria and a piece on the origins of our place names...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - December 2015
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.
To read the monthly fact file, click here.

Court of Appeal confirms position on ‘switching’ planning permissions to avoid S. 106
R (Robert Hitchins Ltd) v Worcestershire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 1060
The Court of Appeal has found in favour of a developer who attempted to switch between two similar planning permissions in order to avoid a £1m s. 106 liability. The result is a strong precedent for other developers with the same advantage...
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Confiscation order served concerning illegal Hoxton flats one of the biggest ever
Hackney Council have taken no prisoners in dealing with a six-storey block of flats erected illegally, slapping the owner with a £700,000 confiscation order – one of the largest recorded…
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huge deal for Britain's biggest private landlords

Buy-to-let tycoons reach £250 million deal with Arab investors for their 900+ property empire
Britain’s biggest buy-to-let tycoons, who over 30 years acquired a portfolio of over 1,000 properties, have struck a deal with wealthy Arab investors to sell 900 of them for £250 million.
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How to decorate your home this Christmas; whether it's Downton Decor, Tudor Trimmings or Sixties-style
Whether you're into mistletoe, paper chains or bright florescent lights, here is 400 years of English Christmas Decorations to influence your Christmas decor this year...
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Government support for devastating floods in Cumbria and Lancs to reach over £60 million
After devastating floods hit Cumbria and Lancs earlier this month, the government has pledged over £60 million to support households and businesses that were affected.
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Rise in government schemes helping first time buyers get on the property ladder
Recently soaring house prices have made it increasingly difficult for first time buyers to buy a property of their own, but the Government is taking action - here's how...
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government takes action to help first-time-buyers

Back by popular demand - The origins of place names in England
In England, prior to the 15th Century, the majority of place names were adaptations of the location or features of the landscape or referred to the land ownership. We explore the most common names and prefixes in use around Britain today...
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Mortgage Market Update
Various sources are claiming that now is as good a time to buy a property as there has ever been, with interest rates low and the property market surging forward. We have compiled stats from various sources around the country to give you a complete view of the mortgage market, in case you are looking to invest…
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And Finally....

In case you missed it - Britain’s most energy-efficient home?
Architect Colin Usher has won the 2015 Buildings and Energy Efficiency Awards for designing a house that costs just £15 a year to run...
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