Brownfield land fund to create thousands of new homes

Thousands of new homes are to be created in England by making use of derelict and underused brownfield sites.   Councils are now able to apply for a share of the new £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund 2, which will help to transform disused urban areas into 17,600 new homes and create around 54,000…

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New insurance scheme to enable flat sales in high-rise buildings

A new insurance scheme has been developed to enable people living in high-rise buildings to sell their homes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.   Following the fire in 2017, mortgage lenders became reluctant to lend to buyers of flats in high-rise buildings, and sales dropped rapidly.   To provide assurance, a…

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Government scheme built 37,000 new homes over the last year

There were more than 37,000 new homes completed and construction begun on the same number during the last 12-month phase of the government’s Homes England initiative.   The programme enables private registered providers, house builders, community groups and local authorities to deliver affordable housing.   There were 38,436 new houses starting on-site and 37,164 houses…

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Man’s will found in draft form on computer ruled to be valid  

The High Court has ruled that a man’s will that existed only in draft form on a computer, but which was signed by two reliable witnesses, should be accepted as valid.   This is a highly unusual decision because generally, the original will, signed in the presence of two witnesses present at the same time, must…

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UK House Prices rose by more than 12.4% over the last year 

House prices across the UK increased by an average of 12.4% in the year to April 2022, according to the latest figures from the Land Registry.   It means the average property in the UK is now valued at £281,161.   On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, house prices increased by 1.1% between March and April…

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Seller of land should have pointed out defect in title

A woman who bought land at auction has successfully appealed a High Court ruling that she must make up a seller’s shortfall after she refused to complete the purchase.   The issue arose after the buyer, Ms Mahil, had purchased the land from SPS Groundworks & Building Ltd. The catalogue had described the land as…

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355,000 homeowners benefit from Help to Buy scheme

More than 355,000 homeowners have benefited from the Help to Buy scheme since it was introduced in 2013, according to the latest government figures.   First-time buyers account for 83% of total purchases. The total value of Help to Buy: Equity Loan stands at £22 billion and the value of the properties sold under the scheme…

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LPAs can help protect your interests as dementia figures rise in UK

The government is to launch a 10-Year Plan to tackle dementia following estimates that one million people will be living with the disease in the UK by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040.   Speaking at the Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022, Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the plan will focus on how new medicines and…

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