The estate agent who ‘forgot’ to mention murder, the bodies in the garden and other outrageous complaints…

When the housing market starts to boom, buyers’ and sellers’ activity soars. One side wants their property to sell for the highest price and the other want to grab a bargain. In this frenzy, the estate agents try to keep both sides happy. However, in their desperation to get a sale or exploit a property, things can go very wrong. Bodies, ghosts and seagulls all feature in this tale of house buying woe…
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Controversial report by the RIBA highlights that 80% of school buildings should not be in use and threatens Green Belt land

A recent report carried out by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has indicated that 80% of current school buildings should no longer be operational. The same report controversially suggests that building must begin on the green belt to solve the housing crisis…
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Council assistance through Right-to-Build could unlock 1million new self-build homes. Could you make your dream home a reality?

People who want to build their own home will be able to turn to their council to make their dream a reality, under measures announced by Nick Boles on 2nd July 2014. Boles announced the arrival of a new ‘Right-to-Build’ which seeks to unlock land for custom builds. With Germany self-building 60% of all its new property and Austria 80%, is it time we joined the trend?
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Whole idyllic village in South Devon put up for sale for £11.5m

After a year of speculation, the idyllic village of Bantham, South Devon has been put on the market for offers in excess of £11.5 million, causing many residents to fear for its future. With a price tag that high, it seems unlikely that too many British buyers will be interested…

Kingsbridge, Devon
Kingsbridge, Devon.

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In case you missed it…..

In case you missed it: Two Stars anger neighbours by carrying out works that are often regarded as needing no planning permission.

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Planning permission is often misconstrued as only being associated with buildings and houses, but as an ex-Bond girl and current England footballer found out it can include the felling of trees and play areas for kids…
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Toothbrushes at the ready as The Colosseum has its first clean

The state of Britain’s High Streets and their recent trend towards decline has been a topic of concern for many British stakeholders over the last few years. Whilst economic fortunes are improving, the success of the internet and out of town shopping centres are still major threats. We look at a report which has recently identified the secret to rejuvenating a British high street and the views of expert Mary Portas following her recent study into the area…
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Building on Floodplains – Can this continue?

With much of the South West underwater, flooding has once again become a hot-topic. We look in one of our monthly articles at the huge range of questions the Government and its agencies much ask themselves if flooding is ever to be nullified as an issue of great concern for British homeowners…

Here’s a few questions we raise:

Britain has a substantial housing shortage – so where do we build? On green belt protected land? Urban sprawl across our green and pleasant land? That wasn’t well received when Nick Boles proposed to relax green belt regulations.

Should innovation be encouraged to create houses that are watertight up to first floor level? Should it be made a planning condition for developments on flood plains with a flood in the last 10 years to construct watertight houses up to a certain standard? What about a government competition for architects and building product designers to come up with the best solution?

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Have you heard about Smart Cities? Set to be a £400bn industry by 2020 and a big part of all urban lives

A new report published in October values the smart cities industry at more than $400 billion globally by 2020, with the UK expected to gain a 10% share ($40 billion). This comes as the Government announces the creation of a Smart Cities Forum.

A smart city uses intelligent technology to enhance our quality of life in urban environments. Cities can use the data in a variety of ways; to save money, minimise waste, measure domestic water usage and manage transport routes. An upcoming computer game – Watchdogs – will explore the possibilities of a software integrated city, with wifi provided free in every location and software programmes operating everything from traffic lights to crime prediction systems.

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Is nostalgia fast becoming a luxury we cannot afford?

A recent report from London Councils, a body representing all 33 of London’s local authorities, has suggested that only 250,000 new homes will be delivered by 2021 in the nation’s capital – a long way below the target of 800,000 they believe is required to maintain London’s future as a global city.

In which case, do contruction companies need to be incentivised to take a very serious look at alternative technologies and construction techniques – moving towards faster erection times over meeting Design Quality Indicators?

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DECC records 22% rise in ECO installations

PropertySurveying.co.uk – In a bout of good news for the industry, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has released figures indicating a 22% monthly rise in installations under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). 33,765 measures were installed in May, taking the total to 115,723 since the scheme started in January.

Much of that success, particularly with hard-to-treat cavities, has been down to Chartered Surveyors – many of whom are members of our network of independent professionals.

If you need a Chartered Surveyors Report for HTT cavities, EPCs or any other form of work under ECO; contact us now – 0800 880 6264.