Land values languish amid Brexit uncertainty

Jan 30, 2019

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Land values slumped at the end of 2018 thanks to increasing build costs and economic uncertainty over Brexit, according to Knight Frank’s latest Residential Development Land Index. The biggest decline was seen in prime central London, where land values fell a further 2.8%, taking the

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Breakfast Briefing recap – County councils in the spotlight

Dec 28, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Chelgate Local’s latest breakfast briefing went with a bang last month, as keen delegates braved a miserable rainy morning to gather in Hertfordshire over bacon butties and coffee. Attendees from titans of the property industry including Taylor Wimpey, Linden Homes, Willmott Dixon and Bidwells took

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Hesitant movers stay close to home

Dec 28, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Half of home movers move less than 10 miles, and we are moving half as often as we did 30 years ago, new research shows. Analysis by home moving company AnyVan.com of over 18,000 home removal jobs showed 48% of moves are less than 10

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Pent-up demand for penthouses?

Nov 30, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant The super-prime market is rarely affected by the vagaries of the general housing market, but it is a very good guide to confidence in the economy – if rich people are investing in London, they obviously think the UK has a prosperous future. With this

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Onwards and upwards for extensions?

Oct 31, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant The government has launched a fresh consultation on permitted development rights (PDR) for upwards extensions, following its 2016 London-focused consultation which concluded with plans being withdrawn. The new plans were trailed at the recent Tory party conference, where communities secretary James Brokenshire said we “need

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Budget 2018 Special

Oct 29, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Hammond’s highly-anticipated pre-Brexit budget was slightly underwhelming from a housing and planning perspective. However, he did admit that the Letwin review (published today) confirms that large developers ‘do not engage in systematic land banking’ – something we already knew but nice to have it confirmed

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Lib Dem conference – roundup special

Oct 5, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant The Lib Dem conference this autumn may have garnered more media attention for ‘exotic spresm’ than any policies, but this does it a disservice. While the party was still (a whopping eight years later) having to spend time defending tuition fees, there was a cautious optimism

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