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.

Sheffield Project to include Football Pitch on Roof!

Sheffield Surveyors – The construction company ‘Wates’ has won a prestigious project in the City of Sheffield, to build a new £8.5m college University Technical College on the Porter Brook Site, Shoreham Street.

Their plans for the site impressed, describing a three storey structure topped with a five-a-side football pitch to save space. Construction should start in September and take a year to complete.

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.

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.

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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In case you missed it….. Star Ship Enterprise set to be lost in Devastating Divorce

Hidden away within a block of flats in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is the product of ten years’ hard work, over £4000 and the estimated equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of labour costs. Mr Tony Alleyne has spent a large part of his life lovingly recreating the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise in his one bedroom flat and he looks set to lose it all in a messy divorce.

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Liverpool opts for Directly Elected Mayor

Following our article on the subject in February’s newsletter (which can be found here), Liverpool has now decided to elect a Mayor for the city.

The move follows the striking of a so called ‘City Deal’ which will grant Liverpool considerably greater power over its own future. This deal is the first of its kind and includes such measures as the provision of a single investment pot of funds and a new enterprise zone for North Liverpool.

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