Excessive Infrastructure Investment doesn’t always stand the Test of Time – Learning from the Victorians

Several commentators have drawn attention over recent weeks to the very high expense in investing in the infrastructure projects (such as HS2) which have been used to attempt to bring the United Kingdom economy back on track. ..
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Half a Billion Pounds about to be released to Builders under the Government’s Builders Finance Fund Scheme to kick-start stalled Housing Schemes

Over 160 smaller housing developments across the country have been shortlisted for loans from the £525 million pound Builders Finance Fund, which is intended to get stalled sites back up and running with new homes being built.…
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Collapsing Tree Trial in Lincolnshire costs Council £10,000

A test of reasonableness has prevailed in a case of a developer removing a tree with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) who was prosecuted by North East Lincolnshire Council.
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Housing Britain – CBI reports £4bn per annum cost to consumers

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has produced a report calling all political parties to ensure that coming generations have a realistic opportunity to buy their own properties by increasing the number of new homes being built each year.
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The Property Market Monthly Fact File – Sept 2014

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the propertysurveying.co.uk 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.
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Landowner defeats Teseo in the High Court over £1.3m conditional contract

Ref. Cohen v Teseo Properties Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 2442 (Ch)
On 8 August 2013, the Claimant landowner (Cohen) entered into an agreement with the Defendant developer for the sale of a property in Finchley North London at the price of £1.3 million. Inserted into this agreement was the condition that final agreement was dependent on the developer securing planning permission for residential redevelopment…
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Change to age old trespass laws could allow frackers to drill under your home

In a consultation published by DCLG on 23rd May 2014, the Government outlined their proposals to change the age old trespass laws encapsulated by the latin phrase: Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos. In other words, “whoever owns the soil, it is theirs all the way up to Heaven and down to Hell”…
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Mental Disabilities and ASTs analysed by Court of Appeal in latest ECHR case

Ref. McDonald v McDonald [2014] EWCA Civ 1049
In the recent case of McDonald v McDonald [2014], the Court of Appeal has ruled that a possession order granted to a company of receivers in the guise of the private landlord of an AST was not in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) – despite the tenant having a serious disorder that makes her upset by environmental changes…
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