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Labour Blocking the Water Policy – A Closer Look

by Will Gordon on January 31, 2024 No comments

Water policy in the United Kingdom is a crucial matter that affects every citizen’s daily life. It encompasses issues related to water quality, availability, pricing, and environmental sustainability. In recent times, the Labour Party has been at the forefront of discussions surrounding water policy, raising questions about their role in shaping the nation’s approach to this vital resource.

Will GordonLabour Blocking the Water Policy – A Closer Look

How Politics of Planning Feeds Local Authorities

by Will Gordon on January 5, 2024 No comments

In the complex world of planning and development, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) stands as a critical document that sets out the government’s planning policies for England. It provides the guidance within which local and neighbourhood plans for housing and other development can be produced.

Will GordonHow Politics of Planning Feeds Local Authorities

The Right to Light: An important consideration when owning or purchasing a house

by Will Gordon on August 7, 2023 No comments

As a homeowner, you have the ‘right to light’. In England and Wales a ‘right to light’ is an easement that gives a landowner the right to receive light through defined apertures, such as windows, in buildings on their land. Potentially if an owner has received natural daylight for 20 years or more they are entitled to a ‘right to light’. But what happens when this is obstructed by a neighbouring property or a new development? This blog provides you with all you need to know.

Will GordonThe Right to Light: An important consideration when owning or purchasing a house

Developing three-story terrace houses with a sub-ground level

by Will Gordon on August 2, 2023 No comments

Terrace houses are a common type of housing in the UK. They offer a compact and affordable living solution for many homeowners. This type of housing was first made popular in the 17th century as desirable housing in London. The popularity spreads across England and Wales and can be now found from mining areas in the South Wales Valleys to Regent’s Park in London. 

If you’re living in a terrace house and are looking to add more space and functionality to your property, you may be wondering if you can develop a three-story terrace house with a sub-ground level. In this blog, we explore this in further detail.

Will GordonDeveloping three-story terrace houses with a sub-ground level

10 Questions with Managing Director, Paul Addison

by Will Gordon on November 3, 2022 No comments

If you know DevAssist you will certainly know Paul Addison, our Founder and Managing Director. Paul has been in the industry for many years, allowing him to gain lots of useful knowledge and experience. 

In this blog, we will be diving deeper into the life of Paul Addison, as he answers 10 questions about himself, DevAssist and shares his expertise on the ever-changing industry of property and conveyancing.

Will Gordon10 Questions with Managing Director, Paul Addison

How to protect yourself as a Conveyancing Solicitor

by Paul Addison on April 28, 2022 No comments

The Conveyancing sector receives 23% of all legal complaints, making them the most likely Solicitors in all legal areas to be sued.  With this statistic having risen by over 5% in the last decade, and rules and regulations within the industry becoming increasingly unclear, there has never been a more important time to do all you can to prevent a negligence claim.

Although Professional Indemnity insurance should cover any costs you incur from a negligence claim, no amount of insurance can protect you from the potential damage to your hard-earned reputation, or the months of stress that a negligence claim can cause. With a client able to sue a Conveyancing Solicitor up to six years after the alleged negligence, the constant unease and unrest that many solicitors experience can take its toll.

Paul AddisonHow to protect yourself as a Conveyancing Solicitor

Save the date! – Free Webinar on Development Risk – 3 November 2021

by Paul Addison on November 1, 2021 No comments

DevAssist’s MD, Paul Addison will be presenting a free development risk webinar on Wednesday 3 November at 11am.

Register now

With UK development targets for housing set at 300,000 new properties each year until 2025 and nearly one-third of our reports identifying properties as having a high risk of development within 75m, the construction industry is booming. This means that conveyancers are under increasing pressure to provide clients with information that identifies and analyses any risk of development that could impact their investment.

Paul AddisonSave the date! – Free Webinar on Development Risk – 3 November 2021

Manchester Brownfield Sites Demand More Than 2,700 New Homes

by Paul Addison on May 7, 2021 No comments

Greater Manchester confirmed they will be converting more brownfield land sites into housing using funding from the government’s Brownfield Housing Fund.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) decided late last week that 21 more brownfield sites across the city-region are to be developed.

There was an opening sum of £37.2 million that was allocated to 24 schemes to create 4,318 homes across the Greater Manchester region.

Paul AddisonManchester Brownfield Sites Demand More Than 2,700 New Homes

If it looks too good to be true…

by Paul Addison on January 21, 2021 No comments

Happy New Year, we just wish it was under happier circumstances than from within the depths of our third national lockdown!

You know how the saying goes, if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. We’ve become aware of many buyers falling victim to false advertising for land sales, and want to help you and your clients avoid suffering the same disappointment and wasted investment.

Running for the hills

The rotation of restrictions, lockdowns, homeschooling, home working and a craving for outside space, combined with the changes to stamp duty led many buyers to the property market in 2020. Whether ditching the city, the suburbs or a home that just didn’t feel fit for purpose anymore, buyers were keen to change things up and bag themselves a slice of the countryside.

Many of those buyers were and still are looking for a more rural outlook, and have been seduced by tantalising offers of land with development potential. It’s easy to see why. What a wonderful idea, swap the flat in Streatham and embark on your own seemingly affordable Grand Design. Unfortunately, some landowners seeing the demand for rural locations and the urgency to escape the cities wasted no time in taking advantage of the situation.

Paul AddisonIf it looks too good to be true…

454 Wembley Homes

by Paul Addison on December 21, 2020 No comments

A 454-home development by Wembley Park London Underground station has been granted permission by Brent Council.

Transport for London (TfL) and Barratt London will be carrying out the development together.

The senior property development manager at TfL, Emma Hatch, has said:

“We are thrilled to get the go-ahead for our development at Wembley, which will deliver hundreds of new homes as well as a new retail opportunity and improvements for the local community.”

Paul Addison454 Wembley Homes