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Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: July 2017

In this month’s edition … we look at Bovis Homes’ continuing struggle to satisfy its customers, discuss how the property market in other countries compare to the UK, look at how to add additional living accommodation or storage to your existing home, and discover two opportunities currently available to own a private island …

The Property Market Monthly Fact File

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.

Permitted Development Rights for change of use or demolition of A4 drinking establishments is amended

New leglislation has been passed that amends the permitted development rights partly responsible for the loss of drinking establishments from the high street.

Coverack hit by flash flood after spending £300,000 on sea defences

Pictured here on a beautiful summer’s day but, at 2.30pm on 18th July 2017, a flash flood caused devastation through the pretty Cornish coastal village of Coverack. The clean up operation is underway, at an estimated cost of over £1 million.

Taking preventative steps now could potentially save home owners time, money and heartache.


Question Time residential debate

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors discussion paper “a shake up is required in the residential sector” reacts to a Question Time debate in London.

Bovis Homes – still tackling ‘legacy issues’

After months of waiting for promised remedial works to faults in new homes, owners are still waiting for the work to be completed. The unhappy group has now been promised extra funding – but there are signs of bitter frustration, with the organisers of the Bovis Homes Victims Group accused of ‘taking the money’.

Can ‘A Home for Cathy’ encourage the homeless into the construction industry?

The Ready for Work scheme is hoping to attract business involvement in supporting training and workplace opportunities for the young and homeless.


Duchy of Cornwall’s Nansledan homes begin to take shape

From Poundbury to Tregunnel Hill … and now Nansledan.  Not on everyone’s radar, but the 4,000 home scheme is underway.

Beware toxic house plants

House plants may be an attractive addition to the home and some have distinct health benefits, too. But beware! Some familiar names can cause health issues in humans and pets … here are a few to watch out for.

Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey 2017

How affordable is the UK housing market compared to Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand or the US? The Demographia study can tell you.

Do I need planning permission to convert my loft to living space?

It isn’t normally necessary to apply for planning permission to convert a loft space into living accommodation, unless the roof space is extended, altered, or exceeds specified conditions and limits. However, you must seek prior approval for Building Regulations.

And Finally….

A tale of two islands

Buying an island has never been so affordable. Whether your budget is £325,000 or $7.95 million, there’s something available for everyone.

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