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50% Of Councils Say Affordable Housing Need Is ‘Severe’

by Paul Addison on June 4, 2018 1 comment

63% of UK councils say their affordable housing need is severe, per a report published by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

A further 35% of the 141 councils that responded to a survey question said their need was moderate.

The report, (Delivering Affordable Homes in a Changing World), written and researched by the Town and Country Planning Association says that a shortage in investment in “genuine affordable housing” and “deregulation of planning” is limiting the local authorities capability in delivering the homes needed.

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4,650 London Mega-basements Approved Over The Last Decade

by Paul Addison on May 23, 2018 No comments

Throughout the last 10 years, the number of mega-basements approved in London reached 4,650, revealed a study by Newcastle University.

These basements include:

  • 1,000 gyms,
  • 380 swimming pools,
  • 460 cinemas,
  • 380 wine cellars,
  • 120 staff rooms.

The depth of these basements combined reached an astonishing 50,000 ft.

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94% of people want the best service possible, what are you doing?

by Paul Addison on May 4, 2018 No comments

Per the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a law firm’s status encompasses more than just the cost in choosing a conveyancer, with the largest-ever behavioral trial on price and decision-making in legal services.

The trial exposed that 6% of customers choose the cheapest solicitor, and 1% because for value for money.

Just under 75% of the public chose a conveyancer based on the suggestions of associates. Having said this, it is maintained by the SRA that the findings “underpin its transparency agenda”, highlighting data that consumers make better decisions when a firm’s website quotes their prices.

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£300m Housing Funds Revealed by Javid

by Paul Addison on April 16, 2018 No comments

With the aim of providing ‘thousands of much-needed’ homes, Greater Manchester, the West of England, and Oxfordshire will be receiving a share of £300 million, as revealed by housing secretary, Sajid Javid.

To assist Mayor Andy Burnham in reaching his target of building 227,200 homes by 2035, the government has said it will be investing £68 million in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

This follows a deal made with the West Midlands Combined Authority in the Spring Statement, (£350 million to provide 215,000 homes).

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Go Ahead Given to £35m ‘landmark’ Salford building

by Paul Addison on April 11, 2018 No comments

Works are to commence on a £35 million ‘landmark’ Salford building.

Representing Forshaw Land & Property Group, Salford City Council approved the proposals submitted by national planning and development consultancy Lichfields.

The development will comprise of 180 apartments, in a part-21, part-14 and part 11-storey building and will include:

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Clapham Park Regeneration Approved

by Paul Addison on April 5, 2018 No comments

Developer Metropolitan’s £1.6 billion plans for over 2,500 new homes and community facilities at Clapham Park have been approved by the London Borough of Lambeth’s planning committee.

The revised plan for Clapham Park have been designed by architects at PRP.

Situated between Clapham, Brixton and Streatham Hill, the masterplans objective is to produce a;

“vibrant, inclusive series of neighbourhoods with safe, secure streets, ample public and private green space”.

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Investment Doubles for English Cities Regeneration

by Paul Addison on March 19, 2018 No comments

To produce five schemes, worth a total of £1.6 billion, it has been revealed by The English Cities Fund that it will be doubling its investment in English towns and cities, to £200 million.

The fund, established in 2001, is a development company by;

  • Homes England,
  • Legal & General,
  • Muse Developments.
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£1.4bn Regeneration Plans For Croydon Approved By Khan

by Paul Addison on January 10, 2018 No comments

Croydon Partnership’s plans for the restoration of the Whitgift shopping centre have been given the go ahead by Sadiq Khan.

These plans are anticipated to see over 500,000 square meters of new shops and restaurants opened.

The deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning at Croydon Council, Alison Butler, said;

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Throughout England Playing Fields Are Being Protected

by Paul Addison on January 8, 2018 No comments

Per public body Sport England, in the scenario of planning applications advancing for permission, figures would imply that playing fields are being protected.

1,138 out of 1,200 (95%) of concluded planning applications that affected playing fields in 2015 & 2016 improved or safeguarded sports provision were seen by public body Sport England, as a statutory consultee.

Any developments that could ultimately cause the loss of a sports playing field require the local council to get in contact with Sport England.

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Fracking consent loophole shut by Clark

by Paul Addison on December 12, 2017 No comments

A loophole in the consent regime for fracking has been shut by the government.

Operators wanting to frack must apply for a ‘Hydraulic Fracturing Consent from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’ (DEBIS), under Section 4A of the Petroleum Act 1998.

As a supplementary stage to the regulatory and permitting regime, the consent was introduced in the Infrastructure Act 2015.

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