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

Publication date: 24th July 2015

In this month's edition... we look at a Court of Appeal case on planning conditions, the Government's One Nation homeownership rollout, a £100m boost for small builders, a buy-to-let risk and a swathe of Autralia larger than Scotland for sale for a cool £175m...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - July 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.
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Court of Appeal clarifies the role of conditions in planning case
Ref. Winchester City Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Others [2015] EWCA Civ 56
Ref. I’m Your Man Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment [1999] 77 P & CR 251

The principles of the memorably named ‘I’m Your Man’ case of 1999 have stood for 16 years, but a recent Court of Appeal case has tested the extent of their powers. The result is new guidance for those dealing with planning applications, permissions, conditions and limitations…
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Planning consent for retail unit nullified by High Court over ‘misleading’ officer’s report
Ref. Milton (Peterborough) Estates Company (t/a Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate, R (on the application of) v Ryedale District Council & Anor [2015] EWHC 1948
The High Court has ruled that a planning officer mislead Ryedale District Council planning committee members over a retail development in central Malton. The decision comes under a judicial review, after a similar action brought by the same party had earlier been dismissed as being without merit…
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Government announces ‘one nation’ plan to roll out homeownership across the country
The new Tory Government has set out a number of policy changes and extensions to encourage homeownership, commercial house building and domestic self-building across the country over the next five years. We look at what’s been announced…
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Britain's building again

Lloyds and the Government combine in £100m boost for hard-pressed small housebuilders
Just two days after the Government announced a raft of new policies and policy extensions to support British house building and self-building efforts, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced another boost to the industry. To recognise and support their important role in keeping the country building, small builders have been allocated a substantial £100m investment…
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Don’t forget the outside of your home when trying to sell.
When spring-cleaning the inside of your house, clean the outside too! Sounds like obvious advice, but many people do not give a thought to things like checking the structure of their property before a serious problem occurs. By fixing them quickly, you could save thousands on repair costs and avoid putting off your potential buyer…
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Secret report detailing the impacts of fracking finally fully published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
After a lengthy freedom of information battle, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has finally published the full report into the impacts of fracking.
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Secret report finally publishing, showing fracking's possible impact on house prices

Bank of England warns that Buy-to-Let could pose a threat to the UK economy
The Bank of England has warned that the booming buy-to-let market could pose a threat to the financial stability of the United Kingdom.
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Council wins significant ruling on affordable heating
A council in the North West has won a ‘significant’ ruling which found a landlord had breached health and safety rules by installing a heating system that was too expensive.
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And Finally....

In case you missed it - Australian territory larger than Scotland has been put up for sale for £175m, whilst closer to home a section of pavement has sold for £125,000

Land in Australia that equates to an area greater than Scotland, has been put up for sale for a staggering £175,000,000. Meanwhile a section of pavement in London has sold at auction for £125,000...
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