Beautiful York Manor Up for Sale

York Building Surveyors – A surveyor’s dream job, and one that many companies will be vying for, has recently come to the market in the form of Middlethorpe Manor, the former residence of Terry’s Chocolate Orange creator Sir Francis Terry.

The Grade II-listed house is situated near the luxury hotel ‘Middlethorpe Hall’ and just down the road from the famed chocolate factory, which was recently put up for sale earlier this year. Middlethorpe Manor is a snip at £4m and interest is expected to be high.

If you have or are looking to buy a large property, it is always pragmatic to commission a survey and uncover any hidden defects. Find your local surveyor at propertysurveying.co.uk

Four New Residential Construction Schemes Set For Manchester

Manchester Surveyors  – Four new residential construction schemes on the fringes of Manchester City Centre could be ‘shovel ready’ as soon as the end of this year, following up to £11m of Government funding through the ‘Get Britain Building Initiative’.

The developments could be a valuable stimulus to Manchester’s property market and wider economy, although some of the designs have not be met with overwhelming support.

Lloyds TSB research shows £48,000 extra to live in a spa town

Spa towns like Ilkley in West Yorkshire, which boasted the highest premium of all, Boston Spa in Lincolnshire and Bath in North Somerset, have been shown to have signficantly higher house prices.

The report by Lloyds TSB indicated the spa town house prices were around 27% or £48,123 higher than neighbouring towns, averaging at £275,397 last year. Spa town homes now cost typically 8.3 times gross annual earnings.

Manor House near Birmingham was set for Hitler Occupation

Birmingham Surveyors – A Grade II* Listed, Gothic style country mansion was apparently eyed up by Hitler as he set plans to invade Britain.

Apley Hall, located in the beautiful Shropshire countryside near Birmingham in the West Midlands, is said to also be the inspiration for P. G. Wodehouse’s famous novels the ‘Blandings Castle Stories’. The author did indeed stay in the castle in the early twentieth century.

Fortunately Hitler never realised his ambitions, but perhaps you can with the property listed on Savills at £1.75m.

Damien Hirst reveals plans for 500 Devon Eco Homes

Damien Hirst, one of Britain’s most famous artists, plans to use part of his considerable fortune to construct, on land at near Ilfracombe, on the edge of Exmoor  at Winsham Farm and two surrounding farms, a settlement of 500 eco friendly homes.

He is reputedly sick of ‘anonymous, lifeless buildings’ and wishes these homes to be of the sort and quality he would be happy to live in. He hopes that the plans will assist in regenerating Ilfracombe, acting as a gateway into the town.

Follow the links to find a local surveyor that could advise you on a property purchase of  any type of home in the Ilfracombe or Exmoor areas.

More can be read about the Ilfracombe development here.

Dealing with Nuisance Pests – Homeowners guide

Pests are a common problem amongst UK properties seen all too frequently by Chartered Surveyors of the propertysurveying.co.uk network. All kinds of pests can cause problems in your property, but your local council may well be able to provide you with a cost effective way of getting rid of them.

Read the rest of our advice in nuisance pests here.

Do you need a Building Surveyor in Birmingham?

birminghambuildingsurveyors.co.uk – If you are buying a property in Birmingham, or anywhere in the West Midlands and South Staffordshire area, the Right Surveyors West Midlands can give you the peace of mind you need to fully enjoy your purchase.

Living in a property with hidden defects can cost thousands in the future. Having a fully qualified and experienced professional survey your property will highlight these defects and help you plan your budget accordingly. If you haven’t completed on your purchase, it could also give you a valuable bargaining tool.

Right Peat MRICS is the Director of Right Surveyors West Midlands. He will be happy to deal with any enquiries and provide quotes.

Give the West Midlands team a call for a free, no obligations chat about how we can help.

Nottingham Chartered Surveyors

nottinghamsurveyors.co.uk – Building Surveyors covering the whole of the Nottingham area.

Phil Routledge MRICS is the local Director, providing an excellent and competetively priced service for all types of clients; residential or commercial, private or corporate.

Also covering Derby (derbysurveyors.co.uk). Providing building surveys, house purchase survey reports, homebuyers, schedules and all types of valuation.

Young people to be restricted to two year tenancies in London Borough

surveyorsbarnet.co.uk – The Council for Barnet in London has put forward plans to restrict tenants aged 18-25 to just two year tenancies as part of a shake up of its housing allocation policies.

The tenancy agreements would also be conditional upon unemployed tenants taking part in skills development, training or education which could lead to employment. They would, of course, be reviewed every two years; allowing the council to reallocate housing away from those, for example, not deemed to be trying hard enough to find gainful employment, and towards those deemed to deserve greater support.

Additionally, new tenants over the age of 25 would be offered a five year tenancy agreement, the minimum outlined by the Government.

Both measures are part of a wider exploitation of the powers gained through the recent Localism Act, with additional moves towards prioritising social housing for servicemen and women and towards tackling under occupation.

More information on under occupation and underused homes can be found here.