Monthly Mortgage Update – Dec 2014

In this feature, we provide a broad overview of the mortgage market – essential reading for anyone looking to buy a property or operating commercially in the property market. According to the Money Charity, outstanding secured (on dwellings) lending in … Continue reading

Malcolm Howorth AssocRICS MCIOB

www.shaftesburysurveyors.co.uk

Shaftesbury buildings
Period Properties on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Malcolm Howorth AssocRICS MCIOB specialises in Property Surveys, Building Surveys, Structural Surveys, House Purchase Surveys, Homebuyer Reports, Major Defects Reports, Home Surveys, Rebuild and Reinstatement Valuations, Property Acquisition work and other professional work throughout Shaftesbury and the surrounding area.

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Brown Field Land – National Grid Releases Unused Brown Field Land For Development

The National Grid has announced a joint venture with Berkeleys Groups Holdings Plc which is a British house building company originally founded by Tony Pidgeley back in 1976 as Berkeley Homes.

The company which is now listed as a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The unsightly infrastructure in such no longer used sections of the National Grid such as unwanted gasometers that do blight Britain’s sky line will be pulled down and the land itself will be used by Berkeley Group for redevelopment in a joint venture.

This joint venture is effectively with the house building skills of Berkeley Group which happens to be at currently in April 2014 won the Queen’s Award to sustainable development for a second year whilst the National Grid are effectively providing the upfront raw material costs which so often makes material costs.

As a consequence, the joint venture will not Untitled1111have to actually pay for the intrinsic land costs of its developments until the properties are sold thereby making an attractive way for Berkeley Group to develop properties and develop quality properties and sell then whilst the attraction for the National Grid is that the National Grid will be achieving its fair proportion of its realisable value of the value of its land.

The joint venture is to be St William Homes and is to be concentrated on sites in London and the South East of England.

There is currently a book value attached to the land in question of some £500 million. The potential to release the land at its highest market value will no doubt assist with maximising the asset value and help maximise return for both companies.

We understand that some 7,000 homes of an assorted type are to be in addition to associated infrastructure building such as schools and similar are likely to be built in the first phases of the joint venture investments.

Rob Perrins, Managing Director of Berkekeys said “this is good news for house building. St William will take these redundant sites and turn them into new communities.”

The National Grid and Berkeley will each own 50% of the equity in St William and the funding for the development will be funded through a combination of both shareholder equity and bank funding and making certain that the debt ratio is no more than 50%. The phases of work are likely to be finalised over the forthcoming year with wide scale work starting on the first sites probably very early 2016 with homes being completed and physically released to the market approximately 12 months later.

 

Government announce £23m boost to Neighbourhood Planning – But would you get involved?

Ministers on 31st October announced a further £23m of funding to aid take up and delivery of neighbourhood plans (NDPs) which, once established, become a planning consideration for councils in determining applications. With only 33 plans currently in operation, the hope is that extra funding can finally push NDPs into becoming an influential part of the planning system, not a side note…
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Ian Dony MRICS

www.stroudsurveyors.co.uk

Longfords Mill
Longfords Mill building near Stroud

Ian Dony MRICS is a fully qualified chartered surveyor allowing him to survey all types of residential and commercial properties including historical and listed buildings. He has extensive local experience with pre-purchase surveys and is happy to provide initial no obligations advice.

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Savills report highlights £95bn of infrastructure crucial to London housing progress

cropped-poppys_london.jpgA new Savills report – Spotlight on London Infrastructure: Connecting Opportunities – has estimated that the cost of infrastructure necessary for London to keep up with its burgeoning housing demand is £95bn. With 50,000 homes a year needed to satisfy the identified ‘need’, the necessary infrastructure could stretch to new bridges, two crossrail lines and a myriad of road improvements…
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Roger Hardwick MRICS

www.prestonsurveyors.co.uk

Fulwood Academy, Preston
Fulwood Academy new building, Preston

Roger Hardwick MRICS is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Property Surveys, Building Surveys, Structural Surveys, House Purchase Surveys, Homebuyer Reports, Major Defects Reports, Home Surveys and Property Valuations, Property Acquisition work, Party Wall work and other professional work throughout Preston and the surrounding area.

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Chris Newman FRICS

www.manchestersurveyor.co.uk

Manchester buildings

Chris Newman FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Property Surveys, Building Surveys Structural Surveys, House Purchase Surveys, Homebuyer Reports, Major Defects Reports, Home Surveys and Property Valuations, Property Acquisition work, Party Wall work and other professional work throughout Manchester and the surrounding area.

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Richard Preece MRICS

www.connahsquaysurveyors.co.uk

Connah's Quay War Memorial in Flintshire
Connah’s Quay War Memorial

Richard Preece MRICS is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Property Surveys, Building Surveys, Structural Surveys, House Purchase Surveys, Homebuyer Reports, Major Defects Reports, Home Surveys and Property Valuations, Property Acquisition work, Party Wall work and other professional work throughout Connah’s Quay and the surrounding Flintshire area.

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Rent-to-Buy Scheme announced to further assist first time buyers – totalling £400 million of loans

tintagel propertySecretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, has unveiled a “Rent to Buy” scheme of loans totaling £400m to assist housing associations and developers in building 10,000 homes. Split 50/50 between London and the rest of the country, the scheme seeks to “stand by people who work hard and do the right thing, helping them move on and up in life”…
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