Birmingham Moves Forward on Affordable Homes

Birmingham SurveyorsBirmingham Council has become the third local authority, and the first outside of London, to sign on to the Communities and Local Government’s £1.8bn affordable housing scheme.

The council will receive £6.7m in funding to help them deliver 305 affordable homes for rent. That equates to a substantial subsidy of almost £22,000 per home. In total, the plan hopes to create 80,000 new homes by 2015.

£25m York Housing Job Needs Builder

York Surveyors – The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is looking for a developer to build up to 130 homes in Derwenthorpe,York. The development will consist of private and affordable housing which will be purchased and managed by the trust, and a requirement will be in place for the additional construction of major infrastructure works.

Spate of burglaries target student houses

Chester Surveyors – Opportunists have been taking advantage of careless students, with reports of numerous doors unlocked, and some wide open, on walkarounds by local police. The high proportion of electrical goods in such houses has been a big draw to criminals, with a high re-sale value for items like laptops, ipads and phones.

If your child is off to uni this September, make sure they appreciate the danger and lock their homes.

Leading surveying company takes on waterfront specialist in Exeter

Exeter Surveyors – One of the largest surveying companies in the country has recently added a waterfront specialist to their Exeter team.

It has been commented that the experienced surveyor brings contacts and knowledge of buyers from the capital, who form a key market for the sale of prime properties in the region.

The company has reported that sales are already up this year, with a 17 per cent increase in new instructions that might indicate a slow, but steady nationwide housing recovery.

Kingswood Hospital opening delayed due to restoration work

Bristol Surveyors – Works at Kingswood Community Hospital in Bristol are still ongoing, delaying the grand opening of the 105 year old building to November this year. The hope was to start serving patients in October after the £19m redevelopment was completed.

Even this date is far beyond what was originally anticipated, with the first plans predicting a completion date in early 2012, but the discovery of an historic mine shaft on the site set back plans to the autumn.

Unseasonable weather wreaks havok across West Midlands

Birmingham Surveyors – Torrents of rain and gale force winds have left destruction in their wake all across the West Midlands. None were so affected as a Birmingham Shopping centre which lost part of its felt roof in the storms.

Phone lines were cut and lanes flooded, tragically costing the lives of one man and his dog. A tree was felled in Solihull, blocking motorists for hours.

A clean up operation has begun. If you are in Birmingham and need to conduct repairs on your property, contact an independent surveyor on propertysurveying here.

2.6m sq ft development in Salford seems set to go ahead

Salford Surveyors – A large scale development in the Salford area of Greater Manchester which seemed to have stalled after concerns were raised over vandalism of an empty building on the site, has sparked back in to life with the demolishment of that building.

The scheme at Middlewood locks has outline planning consent for a large, mixed use site of residential, commercial, retail and leisure facilities. They have stated that they plan to moderate their original plans in light of the current climate and present a scheme suitable for Salford’s current needs.

Barnet Tenants Battle Floating Warden

London Surveyors – Two tenants from Hanshaw Drive, Edgeware in the London Borough of Barnet have claimed that their local authority is in breach of its tenancy agreements by introducing plans to introduce a floating warden for sheltered accomodation.

The campaigners believe that the new service would put the lives of tenants and pensioners at risk and a judge in Barnet County Court has order a delay whilst court proceedings continue.

Manchester set to be first City to ‘earn back’ national tax revenues

Manchester Building Surveyors – Manchester is set to become the first city to be handed the freedom to reinvest its own national tax revenues under the Government’s latest proposed ‘City Deal’.

The deal will include the creation of a ‘revolving Infrastructure Fund’. This will allow Greater Manchester to ‘earn back’ a portion of the tax it generates by investing £1.2bn in infrastructure, on a payment-by-results basis. The Government estimates that up to £30m could be earned back in this way.

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