21st November saw the Government release their Affordable Housing Plan – a set of measures designed to tackle Britain’s problems of undersupply and overpricing in the housing market – but has it gone far enough?
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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.
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Carl Brown writes of the new world of regulation for housing associations, which he argues is now looking likely to get off to at best, a confusing start.
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As of 31st October 2011, the Government has announced that they will be slashing Feed-in-Tariffs for domestic solar installations. Government Ministers have emphasised the need to stay within the allotted budget in the face of falling solar costs, but critics are foreseeing a sharp contraction of demand and an end to free solar financing schemes and social housing projects.
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A new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has outlined how a housing boom could help boost the British economy, lending support to Chancellor Osborne’s strong stance on promoting development.
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The Government has now launched a consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework document, which is ambitiously attempting to distil a 1000 page thesis down to a concise 52 pages.
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Planning Minister Greg Clark has said that the Government could scrap red tape in order to encourage ‘meanwhile uses’ of empty buildings, transforming them into new shops, business start-ups, and community projects.
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Following the blaze at the Old Marconi House building in the Strand, London, fire safety in the workplace has reminded employers, solicitors and property managers and owners to establish what you could, should and must be doing in your workplace or a building for which you are responsible so the occupiers stay safe.
The sentencing of a major Southampton contracting firm reaches its end, punishing the needless exposure of four workers to potentially damaging levels of asbestos fibres.
After the exposure of four workers to potentially damaging levels of asbestos fibres, a major Southampton contracting firm has…
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An interesting article explaining some of the ways an Independent Chartered Surveyor may be able to help you has been written by a member of the propertysurveying.co.uk team. This lists the work undertaken from building surveys to valuation work as well as the less common party wall, expert witness, retrospective valuations and other related work undertaken by multi discipline professional independent chartered surveyors. Read more here