Solar subsidy to link to falling cost of PV panels

Climate change Minister Greg Barker and new secretary of state Ed Davey (replacing the recently rsigned Chris Huhne) are today expected to announce changes to the way renewable subsidies are paid, in light of the contreversial and ongoing attempts to reduce solar FITs by half.

In particular, they are expected to announce reforms to the way the feed in tariff is administered so it is financially sustainable and increases certainty for investors.

We understand that the government will introduce a mechanism that will gradually reduce the FIT to match the falling price of photovoltaic panels.

Read more about FITs in our articles on the review process and the attempts to force through a substantial cut in FIT payments.

High Speed rail link between London and Birmingham gets the go ahead

Birmingham Building Surveyors – Following a damning Rail Network review of the two favourite alternatives to controversial high speed rail plans, Ministers have given a green light to plans for a high speed rail link between Birmingham and London.

Read more here and find out what surveyors in London think here.

Consultation begins on Social Housing Allocation Guidance

The Government has released a consultation concerning new draft statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England. Grant Shapps MP, Minister for Housing, hopes the guidance will help do away with the ‘injustice’ associated with the social housing system.

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Halifax’s annual quality of life survey reveals that home is where Hart is

The recent release of Halifax’s annual quality of life (QOL) survey has highlighted what some are calling a widening of the north south divide. In a thorough ranking of all 405 local authority districts, just 8 areas of the top ranked 50 locales can be found outside the southern and eastern regions of England.

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New Plan released by MPs Field and Davis could help shake up Social Housing Right to Buy scheme.

Two prominent MPs, David Davis (Conservative) and Frank Field (Labour), have put together a report suggesting that the Government go further with their proposed changes to the Right-to-Buy scheme – providing the opportunity for potentially another 1 million tenants to get on the property ladder.

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Tree root High Court case ruling welcome news to local authorities

 A recent High Court ruling decided the local authority in question was not liable for damage caused by their tree as long as they were unaware the tree posed a real risk to the property in question – a new precedent for future cases and a cause to breathe a little easier for local authorities.

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Several big development projects pushing ahead in West Midlands

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There is a serious under supply of housing in the West Midlands where housebuilding has fallen by 50 per cent in recent years. But despite a difficult economic backdrop, several partnerships in the region are pushing ahead with major developments to meet the growing demand.

Between 2008 and 2033, the number of households across the West Midlands is projected to grow from 2.24 million to 2.7 million. That equates to annual growth of around 18,000 households or a total expansion of 20 per cent.

It is one of only two regions, the other being the North East, where annual household growth is expected to average less than 20,000 between 2008 and 2033.

Read more about this story here. To find a surveyor in the West Midlands, click the link at the top.

Plymouth’s new ‘garden city’ gets the go ahead.

plymouthbuildingsurveyors.co.uk – A new development in the Sherford valley has received the go ahead after years of protests and planning struggles.

The plans to build 5,500 homes on the east side of Plymouth come from developer Redwood and have now been approved by the South Hams District Council. All is not lost for protestors, however, as the planning submission must still be approved by plymouth City Council.

Read more here. For surveys in the Plymouth area, click on the link above.

Have your say on the August riots

Inside Housing is offering the chance to win £100 in Marks & Spencer vouchers in exchange for your views on the riots.

Shortly after the riots swept England in August, Inside Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation launched ‘The Riot Report’ to find out what steps can be taken to help prevent a repeat of the violence. Now they want to know what housing professionals, who work for social landlords operating in areas that experienced riots, think caused the disturbances. What would they like their organisations to do to address the underlying problems?

Have your say here.

Looking to buy property in Devon?

www.devonsurveyors.co.uk – Property Surveying provides a resource for all property purchasers to find the best surveyor for them. If you are looking to buy a property in Devon the Government, Which? and the RICS all recommend that you get a Chartered Surveyor to inspect it before purchase.

Follow the link above to find a Chartered Surveyor near your property purchase in Devon.