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

Publication date: 13th May 2015

In this month's edition... we assess the new Conservative Government's manifesto pledges for the UK property market, look at a landmark right-to-light case, tell the story of a farmer who stoically resisted a mammoth £275m bid to buy his land and reveal that town which is too posh for Pizza Express...

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - May 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.

General Election – Tory Pledges for the UK Housing Market
The last few days have, of course, been all about the General Election. The news has been full of talk about the unexpected Conservative Majority, Lib Dem capitulation and Labour’s catastrophic implosion in Scotland. But for those of us in property, what matters most is what the Tory's plan to do with our industry...
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Aarhus cost cap protection still applies to local authorities, Court of Appeal rules in high-profile HS2 case
Ref. HS2AA and LB Hillingdon v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] EWHC 2759
Following a prolonged High Court and Court of Appeal battle, it has finally been decided that the Aarhus Convention costs cap does apply to Local Authorities. As such, they can bring lengthy appeals against planning and infrastructure decisions with the risk of cost contributions at judgement capped to just £10,000. But is this decision truly final, or could we see further movement later this year…
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First right-to-light case since Coventry v Lawrence (2014) settled with interesting results for developers
Ref. Scott v Aimiuwu (2015)
Last year, the Supreme Court passed judgement in Coventry v Lawrence and revised the basis on which injunctive relief, and damages, should be awarded. The above referenced case is the first to be reviewed since this judgement and provided a ruling on injunctions and profit sharing which will be of interest to developers and homeowners alike…
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Could rural Sussex be under threat from development?

Farmer turns down £275 million for his land in stout resistance to 10,000 home development
Robert Worsley, a farmer with 550-acres near Haywards heath, has made the remarkable move of rejecting an offer of £275m for his land. He reputedly commented that he did not want 'country bumpkins' like himself to be 'steamrolled' and that the community was ready to stand together to protect their homes…
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East Horsley in Surrey named as number 1 village in Britain for the number of millionaires.
A recent survey has revealed that the picturesque village of East Horsley in Surrey is the hottest spot for wealthy property purchasers…
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Newts and Bats could be removed as hindrance to developers
The European Commission has launched a ‘fitness check’ of the birds and habitats directives, which form the basis of British laws protecting wildlife. The results could be that high-profile animals which have proved troublesome for large and small scale developers in the past, like bats and great-crested newts, are no longer protected so vigorously...
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Bats might no longer be as protected as they once were

The case of the disappearing pub
A London pub landlady returns to work to find her pub has been reduced to rubble – demolished by its Tel Aviv owners without permission from the planning authority. As the only building in the area to have survived the Blitz, it is a sad end for a historic local structure. But is it truly the end?
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£18 million spent by London Boroughs over 3 years in a bid to persuade private landlords to rent to homeless families
London Boroughs have spent almost £18 million on ‘sweeteners’ to private landlords in a bid to encourage them to rent to homeless families…
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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 - the town that says no to Pizza Express because it is ‘too posh’

The residents of Ludlow, Shropshire have expressed their dismay at the possibility of a national pizza chain opening in the medieval town, as they insist their exclusive location is ‘too posh’…
To read the whole article, click here.

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