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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: 19th April 2016

In this month's edition ... we examine 3 legal cases and their implications, ask if bungalows are in decline, trapping greenhouse gasses in building materials and see divided opinions on a supermarket. Plus the second in our series on common defects.

The Property Market Monthly Fact File - April 2016
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.

Recent Court of Appeal ruling described as of critical importance to national planning
A recent ruling in the case between Richborough Estates Partnerships LLP, Cheshire East Borough Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has handed down a decision that has been considered to be of critical importance to national planning.
To read the whole article, click here.

Contaminated land appeal case only second of its kind
Late last year, appellant Jim 2 Ltd appealed against a remediation notice served to him by a local authority in respect of contaminated land. In a case that is only the second of its kind, the appeal has been called in by the Secretary of State.
To read the whole article, click here.

Tesco being sued

Property developer sues Tesco for breach of competition law
In the first legal case of its kind, Tesco are being sued by a property developer for a breach in competition law that prevents rival companies building stores near one of its own.
To read the whole article, click here.

Are houses soon going to be built with CO2ncrete?
Around 5% of the world's greenhouse emissions are due to concrete, but the US has developed an eco-friendly alternative - CO2ncrete.
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NatWest plan on cutting the amount of money that it will lend
House buyers who need to pay a deposit of between 15% and 20% will only be allowed to borrow up to 4.45 times their annual salary, a decrease from the original 4.75.
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Golden legacy in South Devon
A legacy from a local man has allowed Sidmouth and the adjoining villages of Sidford and Sidbury to be brightened by hundreds of thousands of daffodils (and snowdrops and bluebells and crocuses).
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Daffodils in full bloom

Housing crisis has been predicted to get even worse
In October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reported in their Residential Survey that the houses prices in the UK are expected to rise by 4.5% per year over the next five years. This is an overall increase of around 25%.
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Are bungalows becoming a thing of the past?
Despite the UK’s ageing population, the construction of bungalows fell from 7% of new builds in 1996 to just 1% in 2014.
To read the whole article, click here.

RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS are creating their fifth garden
The Society are creating their fifth garden which is to be called the RHS Garden Bridgewater. It will be located in Salford, Manchester.
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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…
To read the whole article, click here.

NEW SERIES: 10 defects that could be hiding in your home – a surveyor's view

Defect 2 – Water Ingress
Last month, we covered condensation and this month we’re going to take a look at water ingress – which is the entry of water from outside, into the structure and internal environment of the building.
To read the whole article, click here.

And Finally....

In case you missed it - Opening of new Aldi store in Poynton causes web debate
Once ranked as one of the 10 best places to raise children, the middle-class town of Poynton has recently been at the centre of a large web debate – all because of the opening of a brand new Aldi store.
To read the whole article, click here.

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