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Aston Mead says time limits on land lay blame at wrong door

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Leading land agent Aston Mead says government plans to introduce time limits for building on land with planning consent, with levies if developers miss deadlines, are fundamentally misguided. The company’s comments follow news that a ‘use it or lose it’ scheme is being considered by ministers, to try to increase construction rates in the industry.…

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Adam Hesse

Developers have been made the whipping boy for alleged land banking when it’s the planning system that’s at fault, says Aston Mead

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Leading land agent Aston Mead has questioned new recommendations to penalise developers who fail to build new homes on sites they have acquired, despite having been given planning permission. The suggestions have been made in a wide-ranging report on the government’s proposed planning changes, published by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee. The…

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Development for Dummies

Development for Dummies: Understanding the development process.

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In a piece written for the Estates Gazette (EG), Paul Collins, a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, unpacks the stages of development from market research right through to sale letting and use. Though intended for a student audience, the article titled Making sense of the development process is a comprehensive and easy-to-understand description of the land…

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Adam Hesse

Aston Mead calls on government to identify types of green belt land that could be built on

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Leading land agent Aston Mead is calling on the government to identify which areas of the Green Belt could be earmarked for new housing, to reassure the public about the type of land involved. The company says that concern about building on protected land would diminish, once people understood what sort of locations were being…

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Adam Hesse

Government must help high streets build back better, says Aston Mead

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The government must go further to assist high streets to transition into the era after Covid, according to leading land agents Aston Mead. The company says that whilst grants, a VAT freeze and an extension to business rates relief have all helped during the pandemic, more needs to be done to ensure that high streets…

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Richard Watkins

New law will end “sanction to squeeze and disregard for daylight”, says Aston Mead

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Leading land agent Aston Mead has welcomed the national space requirements which will be imposed on all new houses delivered through Permitted Development Rights (PDR) from this April. Since 2013, developers have been able to change existing office and light-industrial buildings into homes without the need to go through a full planning application. Instead, such…

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Natasha Aston Mead

Sell land now to avoid higher taxes later, say Aston Mead

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Leading land agents Aston Mead are advising anyone who is considering selling land to do so as soon as possible, before the UK government introduces tax rises to help pay for the Coronavirus crisis. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has already warned that “hard choices” will need to be made, after the state pumped over £200bn…

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Richard Watkins

Aston Mead calls for ban on the sale of ‘pipe dream’ parcels of land

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Leading land agents Aston Mead has called for a ban on the sale of fields carved up into dozens of tiny plots of land, saying that those behind them are “preying on people’s pipe dreams”. The company is referring to fields in rural areas which are divided up into multiple segments, then offered on the…

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Adam Hesse

New planning reforms are not all that they seem

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Adam Hesse takes a look at the Government’s recent announcements and finds a change of perspective puts the proposals in a rather different light. When the Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised back in June that his Government was going to deliver “the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”, it was…

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