Brighton & Hove Council Awards Contract to Clear Up Traveller Sites

Brighton Building Surveyors – Tim Jordan Grounds Maintenance will provide collection, disposal, recycling and reuse of waste at unauthorised travellers sites in Brighton and Hove. The contract will run for three years with the option of an extension of up to one year subject to performance.

According to documents posted on the South East Business Portal website the total value of the contract is in the range of £350,000 to £500,000.

More information is available here.

Plymouth’s tallest building up for £35m refurbishment

Plymouth Surveyors – Plymouth’s tallest building is to be sold for a £35m revamp. The 15 storey civic building is located in the heart of the city and may be converted to flats or a hotel, or refurbished for council use.

Some Chartered Surveyors specialise in commercial, high rise buildings. Find such a surveyor here.

New House Building Stifles Property Market Comeback

By continually boosting new house building the politicians may just continue to keep the property market in the doldrums. If new house builders are boosted, any slight increase in demand for property above the current equilibrium will initially be sated by the new houses, resulting in less growth in the major sector – ie. the existing housing stock.

It is growth in the existing housing stock sector which will stimulate demand and create spin-off economic benefits in house decorations, upgrades, electrical and plumbing improvements, solicitors, surveyors and tax (stamp duty) revenue. All of which are related industries whose fates are tied to the success, or failure, of the incumbent housing stock. Demand and rising housing prices in this existing sector will remove negative equity traps and free up funds for a multiplier effect inducing stimulus.  To read the full article click here.

 

Ashford to be One of the First Councils to Receive Section 106 help

Ashford Surveyors – It has recently been announced that Ashford Council will be one of the first to receive assistance from the Government’s new team of negotiators, tasked with mediating in stalled 106 negotiations. An estimated 1400 construction projects across the country have been moth-balled and this scheme hopes to get them up and running once again.

This could be a valuable stimulus to the economy and to the construction sector in particular. Read our newsletter this month for more information by signing up here.

Solihull Secures Landmark Tenancy Succession Victory

In a complex battle of conflicting statute versus common law positions, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (Birmingham) has finally won out in the Supreme Court, marking a new precedent for future cases of joint tenancy succession.

The case dates back to 1967 when Mr and Mrs Hickin became joint tenants of a property in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, under a tenancy later made secure by Part IV of the Housing Act 1985.

Full details of the case and its verdict will be coming in our newsletter, released at the beginning of August. To subscribe, click here.

Big Contractor Bosses Unite to get Britain Building

Twenty Three of the Country’s biggest contractors, including Kier Group (based near Stevenage) and Wilmott Dixon (based near Welwyn Garden City), have put their names to a new campaign: “Creating Britain’s Future”. They want the Government to speed up the decision making process and find new ways to help finance construction projects.

The initiative has kicked off with a letter published in the Daily Telegraph setting out the industry’s ability to stimulate growth, and the official launch today at London’s Centre Point tower to an audience including representatives from the CBI.

Planning Inspector Suspends Wigan Council Plans

Wigan Surveyors – In a letter to Wigan Council, inspector Kevin Ward has suspended the planning document for six months in order for the council to carry out additional work and public consultation on further housing sites. His concerns are that the plan does not deliver enough land for housing.

The inspector indicated that the council should plan for at least 16,500 homes over a 15 year period, but that the current plan for Wigan contained a shortfall of 2,500 which needed to be rectified.

Entire Georgian Crescent of properties up for sale in Bath

Bath Surveyors – A crescent of beautiful Grade I listed homes in Bath that would easily be at home on one of London’s premier streets has been put up for sale. The selling of the crescent properties, totalling 9 five-storey houses and 20 apartments, will be the first of its kind in Bath for 200 years.

Some of the houses are already on the market for £2m each, and the whole £60 redevelopment programme should be complete in 2014.

If you’re thinking of buying a period property, a survey is essential to ensure you go in to a potentialy complex purchase with your eyes open. Period properties have the highest probability of hidden defects. Contact an independent Chartered Surveyor through propertysurveying.co.uk

Brighton & Hove takes on One Planet Living Framework

Brighton Surveyors – To curb the localities ‘voracious’ appetite for resources which many believe is unsustainable for both the community and the planet at large, Brighton and Hove have taken on the One Planet Living Framework with ten guiding principles to creating a pleasant, sustainable and ‘green’ environment.

The result has been a new community f 172 flats within Brighton, next to the railway station, which were completed in 2010. They have been constructed in local, high performance materials and the energy is generated via a biomass boiler, solar panels and a contract to fill the remaining requirement with guaranteeed green energy from the One Brighton Energy Services Company.