Garden-grabbing to come to an end

Gardens will be given greenfield status, rather than brownfield, the government will announce today, to end “Garden-Grabbing”, where developers buy up a garden and build several houses on it. Greg Clark, Communities Minister, is to say that the reclassification will give local councils the power to reject housing developments within urban and suburban areas.

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HIPs have been suspended

The government has today announced that Home Information Packs are to be suspended from 21st May 2010.  This confirms the Conservative Party’s intention stated prior to the election. The Energy Performance Certificates will continue, as they are a European Union directive, and will be valid for 10 years.

Private Water Supplies Regulations Change

From January, 2010, there has been a reshaping of the law forcing Local Authorities to carry out a risk assessment and to test all Private Water Supplies in England and Wales.

This will affect every property with a private water supply, except an individual (non commercial) property where the owner has not requested an assessment.     To read more click here.

March Property Lending Figures Released

The rate of the recovery appears to have stalled according to figures released by the Bank of England for March 2010.

The net lending secured on dwellings increased by £0.3 billion, well below the February increase of £1.8 billion and the previous six-month average of £1.5 billion.  The twelve-month growth rate was unchanged, at 1.0%.

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Inflation Figures released for March 2010.

The Consumer Prices Index, which is used by the government to measure the annual inflation rate, rose to 3.4% last month (March). It was 3% in February. The increased price of petrol and diesel, and the knock-on effects of this on other sectors, is blamed for the increase. Also, the bad weather in January forced the price of certain produce up, as some vegetables became more scarce as a result.

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Source: Office for National Statistics 20/4/10