In this month’s Property Surveying Newsletter … we discuss changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, look at how changes to the environment and farming are threatening to change the face of England and remind ourselves why you can’t send small children up chimneys
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Eton College has sparked outrage by proposing a 3,000 house new town in rural East Sussex. Architect-designed, self-sufficient and eco-friendly homes are planned – a nirvana so perfect its inhabitants will not need to travel for work or leisure. The profits (a mere £120 million), will provide scholarships for up to 35 underprivileged children and – ahem – will help cover some building costs Eton has incurred.
A High Court ruling has dashed all hopes of preventing the building of 4,400 new homes on Green Belt land to the north of Oxford.
Property developers in England are now able to convert a range of high street business properties into flats without the need for planning permission.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been updated and makes changes to advice on building within rural areas. The document previously required a home to be ‘innovative’ in order to be built in a rural area, but this clause has been removed from the policy
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has stopped work being carried out on 69 bridges along disused railway lines, having learned of plans to block dozens of them.
Moving from the city to a better life in the country has become something of a tradition since property values began to recover from the financial crisis of 2008. However, the amount of extra space that money would buy in the country has reduced every year for the last five years.
Historic England has warned that thatched roofs may no longer exist in 20 years time.
South Hams District Council has come under fire from a parish council and residents of a seaside village for its planning policies.
There are many coastal towns around the UK suffering from a lack of employment opportunities and housing young locals can afford to buy, among them Withernsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Whatever your motives, there are plenty of reasons to be interested in Rightmove. Such is the level of interest in the online property portal, that it’s raking in record revenues.
And finally …
As the summer evenings turn slightly chilly and damp with the approach of autumn, it’s comforting to imagine a nice relaxing evening in front of the fire. But before you take a match anywhere near the fireplace in your home, remember to get your chimney swept.
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals
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