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FREE Live Streaming Event | 23 September

by Paul Addison on September 15, 2020 No comments

Save The Date!

 

DevAssist is presenting at the SafeMove’s Land & Property Event and we’d love for you to tune in.

This is a complimentary online event taking place on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

There are webinars running all day aimed at conveyancers, land and property developers, planners and designers. Leading industry influencers will deliver insights and knowledge through a series of short online presentations that are all free to access.

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45,000 Homes To Be Funded By Jenrick

by Paul Addison on August 13, 2020 No comments

Robert Jenrick – the housing secretary, has committed £1.3 billion in a bid to create 45,000 new homes, 85,000 jobs, together with upgraded skills and infrastructure as the government boasts plans to aid the green economy recovery from Covid-19.   

Over 300 projects in England are set to receive a portion of the £900 million Getting Building Fund.

This fund was announced in June by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an attempt to help kickstart “shovel-ready” housing and infrastructure projects.

Economically speaking, according to the government this investment is set to reduce CO2 emissions across England by around 65 million kilograms.

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Two sides of the coin: What do the government’s changes to the planning system mean for you and your clients?

by Paul Addison on July 30, 2020 No comments

Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced changes to the planning system to aid the construction industry and wider economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. In addition, a review of government-owned land will look at how it can be managed more effectively. These changes are designed to mobilise the construction industry and help meet the widespread need for more housing.

Whilst regeneration schemes and more homes are much needed, changing the parameters around Permitted Development Rights to give developers and builders more freedom, will undoubtedly become a contentious issue.

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Quality Assurance

by Paul Addison on July 21, 2020 No comments

DevAssist are proud members of the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB). The PCCB is an independent compliance body. Their primary role is to maintain a register of firms that choose to subscribe to the Search Code of Practice to independently monitor their compliance with the Code.

Why is this important?
Are you purchasing a property or representing a client in the purchase of a property? Using a member of the PCCB ensures that the search firms you engage are held to a set of standards that serve the consumer.

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Forewarned is always forearmed

by Paul Addison on June 5, 2020 No comments

We felt real sympathy for a couple in the news last month facing an impossible battle against development that will have real impact on their lives. In case you missed the article, the Campbells, a family in Lincolnshire have learnt that a large quarry is going to be built less than 100m from their home.

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Coronavirus & The Property Market

by Paul Addison on March 16, 2020 No comments

With the global economy showing indications such as the largest plunge in share prices since the 2008 financial crisis, and China’s economy threatening to contract for the first time in decades, how will the Coronavirus effect the property market?

Housebuilders thus far have been only been slightly affected, with small dips in their share prices.

The below leading housebuilders have been trading lower since mid-February, with their shares;

  • Berkeley & Vistry’s – no change,
  • Redrow – down over 1%,
  • Crest Nicholson – down 0.57%,
  • Barratt’s – down 0.03%.
  • Taylor Wimpey’s – up 0.24%.
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Illegal Barking Extension

by Paul Addison on February 5, 2020 No comments

Following the illegal extension to his property in Barking, without planning permission, a man has been fined £15,000.

Back in 2005, Laurence Hill applied for planning permission to build a first-floor rear extension to his property, which was refused by the council, and the Planning Inspectorate dismissed his subsequent appeal.

Despite this, 9 years later in 2014, planning enforcement officers discovered Hill had proceeded with the extension, and in February 2015, he was issued with an enforcement notice, stating the extension must be removed by June 2016.

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What is the risk of property development in your area?

by Paul Addison on January 27, 2020 No comments

For anyone involved in buying or selling a property, the risk of local development is important to understand. Property development can impact local infrastructure, the aesthetics of an area, views, traffic volume and of course, property value.

This impact isn’t always a negative, although we tend to be opposed to local development than for it! Disused buildings can quickly become eyesores and a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Developing these plots can have a hugely positive impact on an area, so understanding just what is planned and what has potential for planning in our neighbourhood is key.

Better the devil you know

How likely are you or your clients to be affected by property development?

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A Decline in Planning Application

by Paul Addison on January 21, 2020 No comments

A 4% decline in planning applications between July and September 2019 has been seen compared to the same quarter in 2018, with District-level planning authorities receiving 106,500 applications.

Of these 106,500 applications, the statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that 90,600 decisions were granted, which is around 88%, with 87% of the larger applications being decided within 13 weeks, or the agreed time

According to the release, paralleled to the same quarter in 2018, 2019 saw district councils grant:

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Central London Plan Approved

by Paul Addison on January 9, 2020 No comments

In an attempt to distribute over 22,000 homes, City Plan 2019-2040, its development blueprint, has been granted approval by Westminster City Council.

The plan is designed and targeted to deliver:

  • Affordable homes, with 6/10 as intermediate housing.
  • The “right environment” for business success, with business floor space for 63,000 new jobs.
  • More open & green spaces.
  • 1,495 new homes every year for 10 years & over 22,000 up to 2040.
  • 1,850 new affordable homes by 2023.
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