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this month's Property Surveying Newsletter ... we look at new
homes and snagging, look at the UK's first UWO and discover the Chelsea
Flower Show's reaction to smaller properties
Why do local authority planners and government planning inspectors allow building on flood plains? Stop it. Period. Legislate against it.
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The Court of Appeal has rejected Zamira Hajiyeva's
appeal against the UK's first Unexplained Wealth Order, meaning she
must now reveal the source of her wealth. She has been forbidden from
taking the case to the Supreme Court and must pay legal costs to the
National Crime Agency (NCO). The NCO has the right to seize her London
home if she is unable to provide evidence of her income.
A national report for the Place Alliance and
countryside charity, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has been
published by UCL, in response to an audit of the design elements of new
Conveyancing errors, government blackmail or what? Homes England has demanded £750 from a couple
living in the town of Redditch in Worcestershire, to formally procure
their garden hedge and part of their home's driveway.
The heating bills resulting from another cold
winter are a stark reminder of just how much it costs to keep your home
warm. Check our list of home insulation tips to ensure you don't waste
money heating the great outdoors instead of your home.
A new survey of over 2,000 households has been
published on behalf of the Home Builders Federation, in preparation for
a summit to plot a route towards reducing net carbon
emissions in housing to zero by 2050.
The energy regulator Ofgem has forced the UK's
largest independent energy supplier, Ovo Energy, to pay £8.9 million to
a voluntary redress scheme to help vulnerable domestic costumers. In
addition, the amounts owed by household customers who had been
overcharged at the wrong rates have been written off.
Conservation and heritage bodies are not generally
known for encouraging, or even allowing, dramatic exterior paint-jobs
on listed buildings. However, in 2007, the owner of Kelburn Castle
decided to commission four Brazilian street artists to paint a mural
featuring a psychedelic series of interwoven cartoons on the 13th
century old building.
You'd have a building survey carried out when
buying older property, wouldn't you? You would then have a survey
report detailing the defects within the building that you could use to
help you negotiate the price so that any problems can be sorted out
before you move in. But if you're buying a new build home, why should
you want a survey? After all, the building, fixtures and fittings are
all brand new so surely everything will be perfect and you can live
trouble-free? Sadly, that simply isn't the case with many new build
The attractive Georgian market town of Melbourne
in Derbyshire lies close to the National Forest. It was recorded in the
Domesday Survey and boasts a parish church once described as a
miniature cathedral, as well as a 20-acre lake overlooked by the
historic family house and gardens of Melbourne Hall. In short, a lovely
place to live - but residents have now been accused of artificially
buoying the town's house prices.
There is some reported evidence that the
anticipated 'Boris Bounce' is beginning to be bear fruit, with the
London property market in particular showing increased optimism from a
With space for housing at a premium, gardens are
getting smaller and many modern homes have limited access to a private
garden space or balcony. In response, the RHS has introduced two new
categories to its annual Chelsea Flower Show that will appeal to the
younger generation of green fingered home owners: Urban
Gardens and Houseplants.
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