Policy Exchange want new ‘Garden Village’ powers for Councils

garden-villageIn a paper by think-tank ‘Policy Exchange’, a new policy of devolved power to local authorities has been put forward, which would enable them to create ‘garden villages’ of between 1,500 and 5,000 homes…
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Could the invasion of the Super Rat threaten your home?

ratHardly a week goes by without rats featuring in the news – restaurants being closed down, infested homes being evacuated etc. Recent weeks have been no exception and so called ‘Super Rats’ are now plaguing towns across the UK. Could your house be next?
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They might be straw, but you can’t blow them down. Is the future of construction in straw?

It may sound like a return to the dark ages, but using straw as a construction material is a genuine technique which has now expanded beyond the realms of ‘Grand Designs’ and self-builds, and into the commercial market. We look at seven new homes in Bristol, within a project which seeks to change the way we think about building houses…
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Deeds, not words, prove man’s worth

The bell of the Victoria Hall in Ash, Surrey has chimed merrily for over a 100 years. Each quarter of an hour, the bell rings out and on the hour, every hour, its peels can be heard across the village. Health and Safety knows no bounds in the modern world, however, and one new resident can have a substantial impact…
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Tourists that flock to see the most photographed houses in Britain are left devastated by bright yellow car

Tourists trying to capture a picture of the most photographed ‘ordinary’ homes in Britain have been left devastated by a photobombing Vauxhall Corsa…
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10 questions on… Gargoyles and Grotesques

gargoyle_All you could want to know about gargoyles and grotesques, some of the most mysterious building features you’ll find. We look at their true purpose, the history of their use and the meanings of the many shapes and likenesses…
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Landlord struck with £300,000 of fines and costs after multiple planning breaches

A landlord’s failure to comply with numerous planning enforcement notices issued by Waltham Forest Borough Council has now resulted in a substantial sum of fines and costs of more than £300,000. The case shows that no landlord will escape their LPA if they choose to play fast and loose with the rules…
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Ramsay takes on Love and loses

Ref. Gordon James Ramsay v Gary Love [2015]
TV chef Gordon Ramsey has lost his legal battle with Pub owner Gary Love and will now need to find almost £10m in rent which he personally guaranteed. We look at the legal basis of Mr Love’s case and how Ramsey was still liable, even though he never personally signed the documents in question…
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The Property Market Monthly Fact File – February 2015

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.
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Lambeth leads the way in new anti-social behaviour powers, quashing squatters and removing ravers

Ref. Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Lambeth Borough Council have already made good use of their new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which came into force last October. In doing so, they have closed down seven properties in just three months…
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