Government to remove restrictions on converting commercial buildings into much needed housing.

March 1, 2013

The government announced that they may lift some restrictions on converting commercial properties into residential housing to help boost residential construction. The plans for new permitted development rights will allow commercial properties to be converted into homes without needing planning permission. The main aim of these new plans is to expand permitted development rights for […]

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What should I do if my planning application is refused?

January 8, 2013

If you believe  your planning application has been unfairly declined you may be able to make a planning permission appeal. Before you begin processing an appeal, take an opportunity to speak with one of your local authority planners to discuss why your planning application was refused. You may only need to modify your proposal slightly, […]

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What are valid objections to planning permission in the UK?

December 17, 2012

There has been a significant proposal change to planning laws recently, with David Cameron announcing a year-long extension allowance for homeowners. The change means homeowners can extend their property up to eight metres in their gardens without securing planning permission from their local council. This proposal by the government will allow double the amount of […]

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Ways To Check Your Conveyancer Is Legitimate

November 22, 2012

Buying and selling a property is a stressful process, therefore trusting a conveyancer may be difficult, however there are a few useful ways to check if your conveyancer is safe to use which will hopefully give you peace of mind. What is a conveyancer? First of all, it is worth understanding what a conveyancer does […]

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Homeowner fined £2000 for ‘untidy’ property

November 8, 2012

Philip Gunwhy from Worcester has been fined £2000 by Worcester City Council after failing the upkeep of his property. Neighbours of Mr Gunwhy began to make complaints as early as 2008, as the property began to look like a ‘building site.’ The property’s windows had been boarded up, large sections of the house’s rendering was […]

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Are you eligible for a lease extension?

October 16, 2012

Homeowners of residential leasehold properties are recommended to consider a lease extension as soon as possible. Many homeowners are unaware they are eligible to apply for a lease extension. According to the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, flat owners with long leases are eligible to apply for an extension. These owners can […]

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How is a planning permission application considered?

September 28, 2012

Once your planning application has been received by your local Borough council, councillors will register and check the validity of your application. Your application will go through a series of processes including: Making sure your application is valid and includes all the necessary information Development managers will visit the desired area to understand the context […]

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