Prime Minister David Cameron promises to renovate run-down housing estates

Cameron announced that the country’s most neglected and deprived housing estates will be replaced and transformed into safe and pleasant-looking neighbourhoods.
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The Local Government Association reveals that the number of unbuilt homes with planning permission hits record levels

Around 475,000 are yet to be built despite having planning permission, resulting in record figures which are 25% higher than they were just five years ago.
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District Council brings legal challenge after planning refusal is overturned

Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire, will seek legal challenge after their original decision not to grant permission for a 54 home development in Hook Norton was overturned by the Secretary of State’s Inspector on appeal…
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In case you missed it – The Playboy Mansion is up for sale, but unfortunately comes with one major catch…

The Playboy Mansion has been put up for sale for a staggering £138 million, but unfortunately comes with one major catch – Playboy founder Hugh Hefner must stay…
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Kensington property owner subject to s. 215 notice after painting house in red and white

Ref. Lisle-Mainwaring & Anor v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2015] EWHC 2015
A property owner who painted her estimated £15m house in Kensington with red and white stripes, has become the subject of a s. 215 notice and will be forced by Hammersmith Magistrates Court to return it to plain white…
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Rise in government schemes helping first time buyers get on the property ladder

Recently soaring house prices have made it increasingly difficult for first time buyers to buy a property of their own, but the Government is taking action – here’s how…
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Government support for devastating floods in Cumbria and Lancs to reach over £60 million

After devastating floods hit Cumbria and Lancs earlier this month, the government has pledged over £60 million to support households and businesses that were affected.
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Back by popular demand – The origins of place names in England

In England, prior to the 15th Century, the majority of place names were adaptations of the location or features of the landscape or referred to the land ownership. We explore the most common names and prefixes in use around Britain today…
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How to decorate your home this Christmas; whether it’s Downton Decor, Tudor Trimmings or Sixties-style

Whether you’re into mistletoe, paper chains or bright florescent lights, here is 400 years of English Christmas Decorations to influence your Christmas decor this year…
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Council billed £40,000 for mother and child human rights breaches

Ref. Medway Council v M & T (By Her Children’s Guardian) [2015] EWFC B164
Following established breaches under the Human Rights Act 1998, Medway Council have been ordered to pay damages of £20,000 to mother and child respectively. Her Honour Judge Lazarus commented that there had been an ‘alarming history’ of the unlawful accommodation of the girl by the authority for a period exceeding two years.

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