Number of Neighbourhood Plans passes 200

Following the approval of 3 plans in Herefordshire earlier this month (August 2016), the total number of neighbourhood plans currently in place has now risen to 200. This is on top of almost 1,900 communities across England that are in the process of implementing their own plans.
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NEW SERIES: 10 defects that could be hiding in your home – a surveyor’s view

Defect 3 – Rising Damp
In part 1, we covered, last month it was water ingress, and this month we’re going to take a look at rising damp, which is defined as the upwards flow of moisture through a permeable wall structure.
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A surveyor’s guide to home maintenance – Drainage

Drainage faults are a common source of water ingress, so keeping your drainage systems in good order is essential to maintaining a dry house.
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10 defects that could be hiding in your home – Water Ingress

Defect 2 – Water Ingress
Last month, we covered condensation and this month we’re going to take a look at water ingress – which is the entry of water from outside, into the structure and internal environment of the building.
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Recent Court of Appeal ruling described as of critical importance to national planning

A recent ruling in the case between Richborough Estates Partnerships LLP, Cheshire East Borough Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has handed down a decision that has been considered to be of critical importance to national planning.
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Multi-million pound development plans for a large, luxury development halted by a pensioner

Plans for a large, luxury, seaside development in Southend have been halted because a pensioner refuses to leave her home…
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