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    Letwin is right – build faster and with more variety, says Aston Mead

    526 320 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land agent Aston Mead has welcomed the preliminary findings of an independent review into housebuilding, being carried out by former Conservative policy chief Sir Oliver Letwin. Back in November last year, Sir Oliver was asked by the Chancellor Philip Hammond to identify and reduce the gap between the number of properties given planning permission,…

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    Viability studies are often not viable, says Aston Mead

    526 320 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land agent Aston Mead says a system which enables councils to charge developers twice for studies into the viability of their building projects is unfair, causes months of delays, and discriminates against SME companies. Currently, planning authorities can set an affordable housing contribution for a new scheme, which developers can challenge by commissioning an…

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    Aston Mead accuses government of sidelining SME developers

    526 320 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land agents Aston Mead have accused the government of sidelining small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the battle to build more homes. The company says that whilst the larger developers are currently delivering the fastest increase in output ever recorded, SME developers are being left behind, with many struggling to survive. Aston Mead Land…

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    Aston Mead calls for radical re-think to solve construction crisis

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land agents Aston Mead are calling for a radical re-think to address the acute skills shortage in the UK construction industry. It’s currently estimated that in order to deliver the homes required, the country must hire at least 400,000 construction workers a year for the next five years. Aston Mead Land & Planning Director…

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    Changing affordable housing rules will kill off SME developers, warns Aston Mead

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land broker Aston Mead Land & Planning says a change to the rules on affordable housing for smaller sites would have a devastating effect on the very business the Government is trying to support. As the law stands, developments of 10 homes or fewer are excluded from the requirement to provide or contribute to…

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    Aston Mead welcomes newt test pilot

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land broker Aston Mead has welcomed the arrival of a new test devised by Natural England, which can detect the DNA of great crested newts in ponds and streams. The test, which is being piloted in Woking, Surrey, means that developers and councils may soon be able to resolve clashes over dealing with the…

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    Forcing people to sell land for below market value is unreasonable and unworkable, says Aston Mead

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land broker Aston Mead Land & Planning has hit back at a theory that landowners should be forced to sell potential building plots to councils at drastically reduced rates, in the event of compulsory purchase by the state. Director Adam Hesse was responding to a suggestion made by the Editorial Director of Civitas, Daniel…

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    Local authorities should be building affordable homes, not making ‘sexy’ investments, says Aston Mead

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    A leading land broker is calling for councils to spend money borrowed from the Government at discount rates on building affordable homes, rather than on risky investment projects. The comments from Adam Hesse at Aston Mead Land & Planning follow the recent trend for local authorities to invest in core income-producing assets – both inside…

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    Aston Mead says good home design will help fight “scourge” of Nimbyism

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading land broker Aston Mead has backed a call for good design in the million new homes which are set to be built before the end of the decade. Director Charles Hesse was responding to comments made last week by Neil Parish, the chairman of the environment select committee, who said that inappropriate construction risked…

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    Aston Mead backs renewed calls for stamp duty reform

    150 150 Aston Mead Land and Planning | Land with development potential across Surrey

    Leading Surrey and Berkshire land broker Aston Mead has backed calls for a dramatic cut to stamp duty across all property price brackets. In recent days, calls for a reduction in the levy paid by those buying property have come from a Cabinet minister, a special advisor to David Cameron, and North East Somerset MP…

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