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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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Paul Addison94% of people want the best service possible, what are you doing?

The Importance of a 5 Year Housing Supply

by Paul Addison on January 11, 2018 No comments

A surprisingly high amount of councils does not have a 5-year housing supply in the South East and East.

If a local authority cannot provide a 5-year housing supply, the presumption is in favour of any development applications, regardless if the land is green belt, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or even a National Park.

Put simply the benefit outweighs the harm caused by an under supply.

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Compulsory purchase reform declares Sharma

by Paul Addison on September 29, 2017 No comments

With a plot of streamlining and accelerating the compulsory purchase process, Alok Sharma, the housing and planning minister, has broadcasted a fresh package of measures.

This in theory should be allowing local authorities and other organizations to obtain land needed for development and infrastructure projects.

Alok Sharma said the following:

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First 100% affordable housing site revealed by Khan

by Paul Addison on September 20, 2017 No comments

A site in Walthamstow, formerly industrial, has been released for development with 100% affordable homes for first-time buyers, announced Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

In May 2016 when Sadiq Khan took over as the Mayor of London, he instructed the Greater London Authority to buy the former Webbs Industrial Estate after it had been derelict for seven years.

Of 13 bidders attracted, the housing association Catalyst was selected as the favored bidder.

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Making London a National Park City?

by Paul Addison on August 24, 2017 No comments

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has released his plans to turn London into the world’s first National Park City.

He will be using planning measures to help him achieve it.

The aim of the mayor is to turn London into one of the greenest cities on earth.

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£54 million made available by Government to free up land for housing

by Paul Addison on August 9, 2017 No comments

A £54 million package has been launched by the government in the hope of renovating local communities, and releasing land for thousands of new homes.

This comes under part of a new cross-government partnership to ensure government-owned property in England is utilized more effectively.

£45 million of the 54 has come from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Land Release Fund.

The DCLG has been launched in corporation with the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association’s (LGA) One Public Estate Program.

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From Jan-March 2017 Residential Approvals are Seeing a 9% Increase

by Paul Addison on June 26, 2017 No comments

According to latest government statistics, during the first quarter of 2017, residential planning approvals saw an increase of 9% compared to the same quarter in 2016.

The data from the Department for Communities and Local Government state that 89,500 decisions were granted, which is a total increase of 4% when paralleled with 2016.

87% of major applications were settled by district level planning authorities within 13 weeks or the agreed time.

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293,127 New Homes Granted Permission

by Paul Addison on April 27, 2017 No comments

In 2016, planning permission was granted for 293,127 new homes.

Since 2006 when the HBF Housing Pipeline survey began, this is the highest yearly total, and is also a sign that an upsurge in house building will continue in the future.

Depending on how many houses have been completely developed 3 to 4 years in the future, generally gives you an idea to the number of permissions granted.

A delay would suggest the time taken to direct the planning system from an outline permission to the stage construction can commence.

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Candy cane red and white striped London Townhouse decorated

by Paul Addison on April 25, 2017 No comments

It has been ruled by the High that a woman can ignore a council order to repaint her London townhouse after she decorated it in red and white stripes to look like a candy cane.

In 2015, the town house in Kensington was painted in candy stripes by Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, a property developer.

A notice to repaint it white was served after The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea deemed it ‘out of keeping’ with the rest of the zone.

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Across the UK 10,000 Build to Rent homes being built

by Paul Addison on April 6, 2017 No comments

Research has hinted that across the UK, 10,244 Build to Rent homes are in the process of being developed, which is approximately two times the amount in London.

the research, which is being conducted by Savills and commissioned by the British Property Federation (BPF), has revealed that in Manchester and Salford, a minimum of 5,500 Build to Rent homes are currently being erected.

in the housing white paper the government have laid out proposals in the earlier stage of the year.

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