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New builds to launch in High Wycombe

Developer Inland Homes is launching the next phase of homes at High Wycombe development Centre Square across the weekend of 26/27th September.

The Pavilion Apartments and Alexandra House are due to launch in September, with final completions in March 2021.

They are eligible for Help to Buy.

Vicki Noon, sales and marketing director at Inland Homes, said: “We are thrilled to be launching the next phase of homes at Centre Square next month.

“These apartments make perfect homes for a range of buyers, especially those looking for their first home, with properties situated at the centre of everything the town has to offer.

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“Being just across the road from the Eden Centre and with fantastic transport links within walking distance, the properties are in a prime location to thoroughly enjoy the lifestyle that town centre living brings.

“And, with all apartments available on the Help to Buy scheme with just a 5% deposit needed to secure a home, buying a property is made even more affordable for those looking to buy new in High Wycombe.”

The Pavillion Apartments have seven apartments, comprised of one and two bedroom properties.

Alexandra House will offer a contemporary selection of 36 one and two bedroom apartments, each with an underground parking space and access to a private communal courtyard garden.

BY RYAN BEMBRIDGE

Source: Property Wire

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Housing minister calls for VAT reduction to support construction recovery

Housing minister Kevin Stewart is calling for the UK Government to reduce VAT charged on construction works to existing buildings to 5% to support the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak, Mr Stewart said that while successive Scottish ministers have made such requests at various points in recent years, the “exceptional circumstances” faced by the construction industry as a result of the pandemic has brought this issue to the fore once again.

Setting out the benefits the reduction would bring, Mr Stewart added:

  1. A reduction in the cost of such work would undoubtedly encourage and enable domestic investment (which can be undertaken safely under well-developed safe operating practices which have been developed and adopted by industry) at a time when many households are reluctant to invest due to financial uncertainty.
  2. The pandemic is clearly bringing major changes in our working and home lives and existing buildings need to be adapted in order to support these new patterns of behaviour. Without this we risk losing buildings that could have been re-purposed and may well force people to work in unsatisfactory conditions at home. A reduction in VAT would significantly increase building flexibility and also send a clear signal that government is actively responding to these changing patterns.
  3. In responding to the climate crisis it is essential that we make best use of existing buildings and the current favourable VAT treatment for new buildings is a perverse incentive in this respect. Making our existing buildings as heat and energy efficient as possible will be critical to meeting our net zero carbon emissions in the future and a reduction in VAT would undoubtedly incentivise such investment.

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The minister said: “It is at the request of industry that I write to urge you to reconsider this vitally important matter with a view to delivering the stimulus that this VAT reduction would provide.

“Many industry partners have commented that this is probably the single most significant change that could support recovery in the domestic construction sector.

“Successive Scottish ministers have made such requests at various points in recent years but the exceptional circumstances faced by the construction industry as a result of the pandemic has brought this issue to the fore once again.”

Hew Edgar, head of UK government relations and city strategy at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), said: “RICS fully endorses this call from the Scottish Government and have long been advocating for a change to the VAT regime to stimulate the repair, maintenance and enhancement of existing property as part of a build back greener approach to construction.”

Source: Scottish Construction Now

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Plans for 90 new homes in Mold formally submitted

Plans to build 90 new homes in Mold have formally been submitted to Flintshire Council.

Gower Homes originally set out its intention to redevelop land off Ruthin Road on the outskirts of the town last August by holding a public consultation.

According to documents put forward to the local authority, the scheme would be delivered in partnership with Clwyd Alyn Housing Association and Cornerstone Flintshire.

It would consist of 40 per cent affordable housing, as well as public open space, landscaping and road improvements.

However, opposition was voiced by members of a local campaign group as the site at Plas Aney is currently allocated as green barrier land.

In a statement previously posted on the Protection of Green Barriers Action Group website, representatives said: “Letters have been delivered to a number of residents adjacent to the proposed development.

“This means that we must now act and co-ordinate our responses via the action committee so as to gain the greatest effect and ensure this development does not go ahead.

“The field is part of the Mold Town Council Future Plan and has been identified as green barrier.

“The council has gone to great expense to get expert advice from consultants, and there is the possibility of someone just riding roughshod over the top and ignoring the advice and wishes of the council and the residents.”

The number of houses outlined in the formal proposals is three more than originally set out by the Wrexham-based housing company.

The firm has acknowledged that the site is on green barrier land, but said the lack of available housing sites elsewhere in Flintshire meant the development could be justified.

They added that it would provide social and economic benefits for the area.

Comments are currently being invited on the application via the Flintshire Council website.

The authority is aiming to make a decision by mid-May, although timescales are currently impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

By Liam Randall

Source: Deeside

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The 21,000 homes set to completely transform Essex – here’s exactly where they will be built over the next 18 years

A major policy document formalising where more than 21,000 homes should be built in the next 18 years has been given the green light.

The final Inspector’s Report on the examination of the Chelmsford Local Plan received by Chelmsford City Council on Tuesday, 25 February, concludes that the plan is legally compliant and sound, subject to a number of changes which were the subject of public consultation last autumn.

This means the city council can now formally adopt the plan.

The local plan provides a long-term strategy that will ensure local needs for new homes, employment, shops, open space and supporting infrastructure, are met in a sustainable and appropriate manner. It has also been drawn up following significant consultation with local communities and other stakeholders.

The council has planned for a total of 21,893 new homes to be built between 2013 to 2036, in order to meet its housing commitments.

Housing completions between 2013 and 2017 have totalled 3,090, around 8,100 homes have been given planning permission and are set to be built and another 220 commitments are set to be given planning permission.

The majority of the remainder of the 10,400 homes have been allocated to three major growth areas.

The “Chelmsford urban area” has been earmarked for 3,400 new homes.

Development north of Chelmsford will be centred most notably in north east Chelmsford and Great Leighs as new garden communities comprising of 4,500 homes.

The council says that development here will help to bring forward the Chelmsford North-East Bypass and provide a secondary access into Broomfield Hospital.

This growth area around South Woodham Ferrers will accommodate around 1,130 homes.

Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Councillor Stephen Robinson, said: “We are delighted to receive the Inspector’s Report which concludes that the Local Plan will provide an appropriate basis for the planning of the council’s area.

“It now allows us to make arrangements to formally adopt the plan as council policy. We will use this plan to deliver more infrastructure to go with development, genuinely affordable housing and to ensure that it is really sustainable.”

By Piers Meyler

Source: Essex Live

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Plans submitted to build 148 new homes on outskirts of Gloucestershire town

Details of the next stage of the huge housing estate that is being built on the outskirts of Lydney were revealed by developers just ahead of the Festive break.

Crest Nicholson lodged a reserved matters planning application for 148 new homes to be built on ‘parcel four’ of the land between Highgrove Way and the A48 Lydney bypass.

The development has already been given outline planning permission, with the latest application seeking to put down definitive layouts and designs for the new homes.

The initial outline plans for 750 new homes on the site were eventually approved after a long battle with Forest of Dean District Council planners in 2015.

According to documents filed just before Christmas, it will be the third phase of the building scheme on the new estate.

The next tranche of houses will be built to the south east of phases one and two with the eastern boundary of the new builds to be the A48 itself.

According to the application, “parcel 4 includes residential development which has been informed by the physical constraint of the land…

It adds that it would see “… infrastructure including the road to be delivered to finish the main spine road and the need to deliver quality residential development of high density to meet the current market.”

Of the 148 new homes, 44 have been set aside as affordable homes, of which 29 would be designated for social housing.

Areas of public open space is also included within the plans as are a number of proposed drainage ponds.

A noise bund and newly-planted trees would shelter the site from noise of passing vehicles on the A48.

In total there would be 12 one bed dwellings, 27 two beds, 64 three beds and 33 four beds, all of which would be two storeys in height.

In total it would lead to more than 139,000 square feet of housing being built.

The consultation process on the latest plans began on Christmas Eve, December 24, and runs until Tuesday, January 14.

By James Young

Source: Punchline Gloucester