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....The increased size of the immigration area in the arrivals terminal was "purely down to the size of the building" rather than as a result of possible future changes to the immigration procedure, an airport spokesman said. The new building was granted planning permission by Uttlesford District Council. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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.... Instead it has lifted regulations on minimum home sizes, paving the way for a flurry of tiny “rabbit hutch” homes to come on to the market. It is focusing the bulk of its political capital on deregulatory planning reforms, unlikely to have much impact given that planning permission has already been granted for almost half a million homes yet to be built. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. A new £130m arrivals terminal is to be built at London Stansted Airport after planning permission was approved by the local council. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....In February of this year, pensioner Simon Harbottle was pictured among the ruins of his newly demolished Cotswolds bungalow. He had originally got planning permission for a barn but had changed his mind halfway through the process, presumably because it’s easier to live in a house than a barn. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Plans for £130m Stansted Airport arrivals terminal approved image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 10:48:19 AM
. A new £130m arrivals terminal is to be built at London Stansted Airport after planning permission was approved by the local council. ...
Homes under the sledgehammer: the dreams that got demolished image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 04:48:17 PM
....In February of this year, pensioner Simon Harbottle was pictured among the ruins of his newly demolished Cotswolds bungalow. He had originally got planning permission for a barn but had changed his mind halfway through the process, presumably because it’s easier to live in a house than a barn. ...
Stansted Airport announces new £130m arrivals terminal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 03:42:24 PM
....The increased size of the immigration area in the arrivals terminal was "purely down to the size of the building" rather than as a result of possible future changes to the immigration procedure, an airport spokesman said. The new building was granted planning permission by Uttlesford District Council. ...
The Guardian view on house prices: the government lacks the political will to fix the broken market | Editorial image
.... Instead it has lifted regulations on minimum home sizes, paving the way for a flurry of tiny “rabbit hutch” homes to come on to the market. It is focusing the bulk of its political capital on deregulatory planning reforms, unlikely to have much impact given that planning permission has already been granted for almost half a million homes yet to be built. ...
'Brothers bling': lawsuit puts Nick and Christian Candy in spotlight image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 09:00:35 AM
.... It is Holyoake’s case that over the course of the following two years, the Candys used threats and a series of 44 separate loan agreements to pressure him into repaying £37m on a £12m borrowing, that they tried to “steal” the development from him in lieu of repayment, and that they forced him to forgo profits. He sold Grosvenor Gardens with planning permission only, leaving others to redevelop the property and collect larger rewards from selling individual apartments. ...
Housebuilder Berkeley shrugs off Brexit vote to hit profit targets image
....The London-focused developer also said inquiry levels remained "robust" and pricing continued to be "resilient". It said the market had been adversely affected by a number of factors apart from Brexit uncertainty, including changes to stamp duty, the challenges of securing planning permission and the demands to provide affordable housing. ...
Why are Britain’s new homes built so badly? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:00:27 AM
....”. But to the dismay of residents, the firm, which is co-owned by the Canal & River Trust charity, is pushing on with phase three of the development, having received planning permission and a £10m loan from Manchester city council to build another block next door. ...
More than half of new-build homes in England 'have major faults' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 07:01:10 AM
....Last week Bovis Homes’ interim boss, Earl Sibley, apologised to customers as the company set aside £7m to pay compensation and to fix shoddily built new homes, with many customers reporting hundreds of “snags” after moving in. Shelter called for a shake-up of the housebuilding sector, with a bigger role for development corporations, which have specific powers (such as the Olympic Delivery Authority) – they can give planning permission and acquire land, if necessary compulsorily, at reasonable prices. ...
UK’s housing market is broken, and only a radical solution can fix it | Peter Hetherington image
.... This alone represents a welcome break with predecessors not always known for constructive engagement. Significantly, it seems, the focus has now shifted from blaming councils for delaying plans, through a cumbersome planning system, to blaming builders and developers for sitting on large land banks once planning permission has been granted. ...
Boeing to open factory in South Yorkshire image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 01:54:08 PM
....Boeing said it would also increase its commitment to research at the site. If planning permission is granted, the site could up and running by late-2018. ...
What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris image
.... Last year the number was put at more than 150,000. Behind these increases sat policies such as the new homes bonus (which gives councils cash rewards for granting planning permission for newbuild developments) and George Osborne’s help-to-buy scheme – now drastically stripped back, although the fact that interest-free loans are still available for newbuild homes means that the policy will carry on incentivising builders to put up houses. ...
ITV to shut London studio with 40-year history of top programming image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 04:58:38 PM
....“Even in the short term the proposal has no logic,” said Bectu’s head, Gerry Morrissey. “Why announce the studios’ closure when planning permission has yet to be sought and when the redevelopment will not begin until 2018 at the earliest?. ...
Lloyds must compensate the victims of the £245m HBOS scam – fast | Nils Pratley image
....The stick that Javid has chosen to beat the big boys looks more like a twig. Developers will be forced to build on land within two years of gaining planning permission. ...
England's housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 01:32:18 PM
....”. Every local council will be forced to publish projections for local house building, developers will be forced to use-or-lose planning permission once granted, older people will be given incentives to move out of underused big homes, and tenants will be given extra protection. ...
Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:22 AM
.... Instead, he argued, the focus should be on brownfield sites, and increased housing density. The white paper will also cut the period within which developers have to start building after obtaining planning permission, from three years to two. ...
Made in London no more: will property speculation kill industry in the capital? image
....”. Land with planning permission for housing can be worth up to four times more than when used for industry, so many landowners are understandably keen to turn their scrap steel recyclers into gilded flats, a process that has been made much easier by the extension of “permitted development” rights, allowing change of use without planning permission. ...
PM to reaffirm green belt pledge despite plans to ramp up housebuilding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:34:41 PM
.... It is unforgivable,” Mitchell wrote. The number of homes granted planning permission on green belt land rose fivefold from 2,258 in 2009-10 to 11,977 in 2014-15, according to the House of Commons library. ...
Theresa May to offer more security for renters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 11:44:42 PM
....Ministers insist that they will not allow more building on the green belt but will stick to existing rules that this should only happen in exceptional circumstances. They will, however, say that developers must build on land for which they have obtained planning permission, to help reach their target of building one million new homes by 2020. ...
High-density London: past, present and future image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 10:02:21 AM
....03 square kilometres, equating to an exceptional 90,947 persons per square kilometre. They reside in the canyons of high rise apartments shown in my photograph, all built in recent years, many of them very expensive (and giving planning permission under the now fallen former mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman by the way). ...
Norway’s $885bn-nil advantage in Britain’s sea of social troubles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:51:15 PM
.... The ability of a small number of landowners to generate windfall profits in this way undermines the legitimacy of the economic system he adds. The solution, he says, is to amend the 1961 act so that land designated in a strategic plan for transport or housing would not take account of any prospective planning permission when deciding on the level of compensation. ...
The Guardian view on the housing crisis: right to rent | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 07:21:18 PM
.... Private builders maximise value by preferring fewer, larger homes, unaffordable to first-time buyers. It is rational to keep prices up by releasing new builds slowly, and there is little incentive, once planning permission is granted, to fulfil commitments with community value such as primary schools, parks and GP surgeries. ...
Londoners need spaces to live, but also need places to make things | Ian Jack image
.... Brearley is a rare, possibly unique, combination of academic and manufacturer – he owns a little factory off the Old Kent Road that makes aluminium trays – which may account for his strength of feeling when he says that London “continues to treat its industry with contempt”. The problem, he thinks, stems from a mismanagement of the planning system, which prioritises housing, believes it should be kept separate from even small-scale industry, and by relaxing the rules on planning permission has encouraged housing developers to offer hard-to-refuse prices to the owners of factory and office space. ...
Sports Direct chairman should keep his pledge and save some dignity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 07:44:34 PM
.... Persimmon sold 599 more homes in 2016 than in 2015, an increase of 4%, which doesn’t obviously suggest it is busting a gut. On the other hand, what weapons does Javid hold? Persimmon says it is building on every plot where it has planning permission and would argue that skilled builders are in short supply (and maybe shorter still post-Brexit). ...
Cuadrilla starts work on Lancashire fracking site image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 11:06:04 AM
....”. Although Cuadrilla has planning permission for four wells at the site, it will concentrate on drilling a pilot well 3,500 metres deep this year and two horizontal wells. ...
Happy new year? 2017 rings in more commuter misery and higher bills image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 06:59:18 AM
....From the spring, Airbnb will ban hosts in London from renting out entire homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent. The San Francisco-based company will automatically stop people letting their homes for more than this limit unless they have the necessary planning permission from a local authority. ...
Campaign for Real Ale asks government to give pubs special protection image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of December 2016 10:58:03 PM
....The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is urging the government to do more to stop pubs from being demolished or closed. Camra is pushing for ministers to put pubs into a special class so that owners must always seek planning permission for a change of use or demolition. ...
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Morrisons joins supermarket housing game with Camden plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 12:18:36 PM
....Housing, including affordable homes, and public squares would be built above and around the store with a car park underneath. Morrisons said the plans were at an early stage and it would be consulting further next year before seeking planning permission. ...
Airbnb announce plans to block hosts exceeding 90-day rental limit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 02:31:27 PM
....Tom Copley, Labour's housing spokesman on the London assembly, called the move a "huge step in the right direction". It is already against the law for landlords to let out their homes on short term lets for more than 90 days without planning permission. ...
Airbnb introduces 90-day annual limit for London hosts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 11:12:51 AM
....A quarter of London homes listed on Airbnb were rented for more than 90 days last year, many illegally and in breach of an act intended to stop landlords turning badly needed housing into unofficial hotels. The booming homesharing website admitted on Thursday that 4,938 of its “entire home” London listings – 23% of the total – were let out for for three months or more, despite a law requiring anyone doing so to apply for planning permission. ...
London's 73-storey Trellis skyscraper gets green light image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 03:51:11 PM
....”. After planning permissions was confirmed on Monday, he said: “It is a vote of confidence in the City of London; 1 Undershaft will crown the cluster of tall buildings and will be a tower London can be truly proud of. ...
London mayor urged to act over tower that 'compromises' St Paul's view image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:45:28 PM
....The AJ reports that the planning application for the tower was referred to the GLA in 2010 by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which was acting as the planning authority in the run-up to the London Olympics. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan Loft Corporation told the Guardian the developer went through a transparent and public process to gain planning permission, adding that that maps of the LVMF protected view indicated that the background area to be protected beyond St Paul’s was 3km (1. ...
Britain’s housing crisis is so serious that it must be tackled now image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 06:59:30 AM
.... We urgently need to break this logjam, and if not now, then when? Never has there been such near-universal acceptance of the need to act. But while funding is the most important issue, it’s far from the only one: what do we do about planning permission, the green belt, new towns, developers’ land banks, inefficient building methods, minimum space standards and reviving the small and medium-sized housebuilding sector? And the type of housing we build is as important as the volume. ...
Boom in office-to-home conversions drives rise in housing stock image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 06:49:41 PM
.... Just four years ago, around half the office space in Croydon was empty – a worse ratio than downturn Detroit – but the area has since seen a frenzy of office conversion activity. The boom is partly down to new “permitted development rights,” which allow developers to proceed without conventional planning permission, though critics say the result is that many units fail to meet minimum space standards. ...
'Dire' housing shortage pushing up prices, says Rics image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 09:33:53 AM
....It could be published as soon as the Autumn Statement on 23 November. The paper is expected to include plans to encourage small developers, and to speed up housebuilding on land where planning permission has been granted. ...
The ground rent scandal that is engulfing new home buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of November 2016 07:01:40 AM
....Unlike traditional homeowners, buyers of new-build leasehold houses have to seek the approval of the freeholder if they want to add a conservatory, or a small extension – leaving them open to huge fees. One reader, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of jeopardising their plans, says she is contemplating a tiny extension to the rear of her home – so small it does not require planning permission. ...
Beware the pitfalls that could ground your Airbnb rental plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 06:00:04 AM
.... If you break this rule you get can fined up to £20,000. “That’s a breach of planning permission – so, a criminal offence – and you can be prosecuted for it in the magistrate’s court,” says Peaker. ...
UK faces critical shortage of homes to rent, says Rics image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of October 2016 11:01:22 PM
....". Among the plans announced was an Accelerated Construction scheme, using £2bn of new public sector borrowing to make public land with outline planning permission available to builders. ...
Refocus housebuilding on towns and villages to solve crisis – report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of September 2016 06:00:18 AM
....“Undoubtedly there is more that can be done in London and other major urban centres to build more homes, but those areas already have huge resources to do more,” the report says. “The demand for new homes is as great in the regional local areas, the opportunity to turn planning permissions into new homes is greater, and they need a fairer share of funding. ...
How to live the Good Life without giving up the rat race image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of September 2016 06:00:24 AM
....Elsewhere, botanist and forager Leander Wolstenholme lives with his wife, Katie, and their three children in Lammas in Pembrokeshire. Their community received planning permission by way of Policy 52 (a forerunner to One Planet Development) which stipulates they had to make 75% of their functional livelihood needs from the land by the end of year five. ...
Small building firms struggle to find land for homes, research shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of September 2016 11:01:44 PM
....In the 1980s, around two-thirds of new homes were built by small firms, but their contribution has now dropped to around a quarter, with the financial crisis speeding up the decline. The federation said its annual survey showed land availability was the biggest constraint on supply, followed by lack of finance and then planning permission. ...
When Airbnb rentals turn into nuisance neighbours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of September 2016 06:00:41 AM
....In terms of longer nuisance sublets, local authorities may offer protection. For example, in London, stays longer than 90 days require previous planning permission. ...
Hinkley Point: George Osborne says new deal is unchanged image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of September 2016 08:30:14 AM
....Mr Osborne said he had sought advice from security experts and civil servants in energy who said it "would not add more protection" because the nuclear industry was already so heavily regulated. He was responding to comments from Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat MP and former energy secretary in the coalition government, who in 2013 granted planning permission for the £18bn nuclear power plant to be built at Hinkley Point in Somerset. ...
Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of September 2016 08:39:42 AM
....In other cases, the RLA is concerned that landlords using Airbnb to rent out properties for more than three months may be doing so to avoid planning regulations. "Given the pressures faced in the capital it is important that properties advertised as being available for more than 90 days a year are genuine holiday lets with appropriate planning permission," said RLA policy director David Smith. ...
Amazon to open Tilbury docks packing centre image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of August 2016 12:46:59 PM
....It will be part of the London Distribution Park When it opens in 2017. Thurrock Council, which granted planning permission for the centre, said it was "delighted" by the move. ...
Councils should protect pubs from developers, says Camra image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of August 2016 11:19:54 AM
.... Wandsworth said the 120 sites were chosen “due to their historic or architectural value or because they make a positive contribution to their community”. Pubs are closing at a rate of 21 a week, according to the latest figures from Camra, and under existing regulations they can be converted to new uses without planning permission. ...
Land for homes cost falls in wake of Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 10:58:17 AM
....9% annually, and the figure had increased to 24% by December 2014. Knight Frank’s land index looks at the price paid for sites being sold or sold for residential development, many of which will have outline planning permission. ...

No longer ‘too left-wing’ for the BBC: George Orwell to stand outside original ‘Ministry of Truth’
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....But, amid a chorus of dismay from across the political spectrum at the BBC’s reticence, the current Director General, Lord Hall, later gave his backing to the statute being placed at the building’s entrance. Now planning permission has been granted by Westminster City Council, opening the way for the bronze – designed by Martin Jennings, the sculptor behind the statue of Sir John Betjeman in St Pancras station in London and Philip Larkin in Hull’s Paragon Station – to be cast. ...

Homeowners could be given cash payments to compensate for disruptive new housing
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....Ministers’ concern has grown that people affected by unwanted developments near their houses are not adequately compensated. It could allay residents’ frustration when they feel planning permission is being granted for a building project they oppose. ...

Bankrupt fraudster who pretended to live in a shed and owned £83,000 of art and antiques is jailed
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....2 million Derbyshire hideout in his mother’s back garden in 2002, the court heard. With no planning permission, the house was concealed in green cladding despite a sign on the gate reading Shedley Manor. ...
Don't count your chickens … how restrictive covenants affect homebuyers image
.... Very old ones can still be enforceable, though often this isn’t straightforward. In 2012 a company called Birdlip Limited was given planning permission to build two detached homes on land it owns in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. ...
Housebuilder says leaving EU would harm British construction image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of June 2016 12:39:28 PM
....Crest, like others, is pushing into the “build to rent” market. The company won planning permission for its first purpose-designed, suburban private rental sector scheme. ...
Older people at 'heightened risk' of investment scam calls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of May 2016 11:01:23 PM
....One of the most popular scams involves investing in land. So-called landbanking companies typically buy agricultural or other land without residential planning permission, divide it into small parcels and sell these to investors. ...
Fracking wins battle in Yorkshire but not the war | Damian Carrington image
.... But, even with Monday’s decision, it’s going to be a long campaign. As Professor Michael Bradshaw, at Warwick Business School, says: “While Third Energy has got its planning permission, it is clear that it has failed to obtain a social licence from the local community. ...
Rents and property values would drop after Brexit, say landlords image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of May 2016 11:01:09 PM
....Mark Hayward, the managing director of the NAEA, said: “An out vote could mean that in 10 years’ time we’d find ourselves with a severe skills shortage of construction workers. So even if we then had planning permission, investment and materials to build more housing, we simply wouldn’t have the resource to put the bricks and mortar together. ...
Sadiq Khan warns 'greedy' developers as he outlines housing plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of May 2016 02:26:00 PM
.... He said that did not mean 80% of market rent, as affordable is defined by the government, but far lower social rents or “London living rent”, which is pitched at a third of average incomes. Khan also announced he was considering making it a condition of planning permission that new homes were marketed locally for at least six months before they could go on sale to foreign investors. ...
Fracking tests in North York Moors move step closer in face of protests image
.... Britain is thought to have large deposits of shale gas. In August, the government announced measures to speed up the process by which firms can apply for planning permission at drill sites. ...
Mind the gap: former service road in west London sold for £400,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 03:24:03 PM
. There’s a gap in the market for small plots of land to build on in London, so it’s perhaps no surprise that there were eight bidders for a site with planning permission in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. ...
Do you live in a town with a second home problem? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 02:00:06 PM
....Related: St Ives backs residents-only home ownership plan in referendum. Under the neighbourhood proposal – which could still be opposed by ministers in London – new housing projects will get planning permission only on the condition they are reserved for people who live in St Ives and surrounding areas full-time. ...
Candy brothers may have paid almost no UK tax on £27m land deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 11:00:12 AM
....The property tycoons Christian and Nick Candy bought and sold a plot of land worth £27m through offshore companies that may have allowed them to pay almost no UK tax on the deal, the Guardian can reveal. The Guernsey-based CPC Group, which was set up by Christian Candy, bought the Parkwood estate and received planning permission to build a “stunning Palladian-style home” before selling it for £27m in 2012. ...
Heathrow to ban night flights as part of plan for third runway image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 08:54:02 AM
....The new London mayor, Sadiq Khan, stated in his manifesto that he would oppose a third runway at Heathrow and would continue to call for expansion at Gatwick as a “more viable, cheaper and easier to build alternative” even if the government pursues the Heathrow option. However, Khan faced criticism after dropping his predecessor’s objection to the expansion of London City airport, which is seeking planning permission to grow its traffic by 40%. ...
Here’s how to fix the housing crisis, Sadiq Khan | Danny Dorling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 11:32:55 AM
....Related: Sadiq Khan must decide who to side with: residents or developers?. Khan should seek further devolution of powers to enable the introduction of a tax on landowners for land in London with planning permission that has not been developed within three years of permission being granted. ...
Here’s how to fix the housing crisis, Sadiq Khan | Danny Dorling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 11:32:55 AM
....Related: Sadiq Khan must decide who to side with: residents or developers?. Khan should seek further devolution of powers to enable the introduction of a tax on landowners for land in London with planning permission that has not been developed within three years of permission being granted. ...
Former garage in south-west London fetches £466,000 at auction image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of May 2016 05:42:57 PM
....The site, which was bought in 2009 with four other buildings and land for a combined £2. 5m, seems to have been used for storage but it has planning permission for a small two-bedroom house over three floors. ...
Former garage in south-west London fetches £466,000 at auction image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of May 2016 05:42:57 PM
....The site, which was bought in 2009 with four other buildings and land for a combined £2. 5m, seems to have been used for storage but it has planning permission for a small two-bedroom house over three floors. ...
St Ives backs residents-only home ownership plan in referendum image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of May 2016 12:48:15 PM
....In a referendum on a neighbourhood plan put forward by Cornwall council to allow only full-time residents to own new-build properties in St Ives and Carbis Bay, 83% of voters backed the proposals. Under the plan, new-build housing projects would only be given planning permission if they are reserved for people who live in St Ives and surrounding areas full-time. ...
Call to make recruiters responsible for housing migrant workers safely image
....The landlord, John Russell Brown, was charging workers £55 a week, earning him an estimated £70,620 in rent during the peak picking season from January to March. In January, he was fined £21,100 after Wrexham magistrates’ court heard that the building, which lacked planning permission, was “wholly inadequate” and at “imminent risk of fire”, posing a real risk to life. ...
Richard Desmond's firm in £25m loss after price cuts and digital investment image
....Northern & Shell, which will report total group revenues of £241. 1m, also said it has just received planning permission to develop the 15. ...
New homes eroding green belt 'at fastest rate for 20 years' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 11:01:30 PM
....“Ministers have repeatedly been clear that demand for housing alone will not justify changing green belt boundaries,” he said. “Councils are already expected to prioritise development on brownfield sites, with 90% of brownfield sites expected to have planning permission by the end of this parliament. ...
Gas goes green as suppliers opt for carbon neutral sources image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of April 2016 06:00:29 AM
.... Long-standing supplier Ecotricity, which takes 5% of its gas needs from anaerobic digesters, has plans to up this to 30% over the next few years. Ecotricity, which has declared green gas the antidote to fracking, has applied for planning permission to build its own plants using grass. ...
FCA wins landbanking case, but investors still likely to lose out image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of April 2016 04:34:57 PM
....The case in the supreme court involved a company called Asset Land, which persuaded investors to buy plots of land at “hugely inflated” prices, according to the Financial Conduct Authority. So-called landbanking companies typically buy agricultural or other land without residential planning permission, divide it into small parcels and sell them to investors. ...
London had a sub-prime housing problem. Now it has a super-prime crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of April 2016 11:40:36 AM
.... What really dates this debate is that neither side wanted to do away with social housing, although Newman’s did act as a nail in its coffin, undermining the idea of decent housing for people on lower incomes by linking it indelibly with urban decay. As a more or less direct result of Newman’s influence, the London Metropolitan police have developed Secured by Design, a set of guidelines for “designing out crime” that new developments must meet to get planning permission. ...
Cornwall council poised to BAN second home owners from buying new property image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 14th of April 2016 04:24:00 PM
....Residents in St Ives will next month vote whether to restrict ownership in new developments to buyers who will live there full-time. Housing projects that propose to sell to investors or second home buyers would be refused planning permission, if voters back the plans. ...
Why younger people can’t buy a house: money became too cheap | Dominic Frisby image
.... It needn’t cost a lot of money – except that it does. An acre of rural land worth £10,000 becomes an acre of land worth as much as £1m once it has planning permission. ...
Second runway to be built at Dublin airport image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 03:10:05 PM
....Passenger numbers at the airport rose by 15% last year to surpass the level reached in 2008, before the economic downturn saw air travel fall away. Dublin airport was awarded planning permission in August 2007, but the runway was later delayed. ...
Airbnb: from homesharing cool to commercial giant image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 10:53:17 AM
....The beauty of Airbnb is that it helps us live out our fantasies of living in unique homes, placing us in the community. None of these companies are legally responsible for the properties they manage having the proper planning permission, but it’s easy to see how they could expedite the Airbnb process for absent landlords keen to cash in on short-term lets. ...
Airbnb hosts and eBay traders to benefit from £2,000 'sharing economy' tax allowance image
....More than three-quarters of the whole-home listings are available for rent on the site for more than 90 days a year. That period is the limit that landlords are allowed to rent for without applying for planning permission from their local authority, and another guide to whether or not the home is a buy-to-let rental. ...
Developers accused of restricting supply of new homes to boost profits image
....Britain’s developers have been accused of increasing their profits from the UK’s housing crisis by restricting the supply of new houses to keep prices artificially high. Latest figures reveal that nearly half a million homes in England now have planning permission granted but have yet to be built. ...
UK housebuilding hits seven-year high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 01:25:16 PM
....”. The figures were released as a separate report found that planning permissions for new homes across England have reached their highest levels since 2008. ...
Buyer of south London basement will have to dig deep image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of February 2016 01:36:00 PM
....It suggests freeholders are starting to realise that they might be able to cash in on the land beneath their buildings. Another lot that sold ahead of Tuesday’s auction was a basement in Croydon, where planning permission had been submitted, but no digging had been done. ...

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