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    Aston Mead backs report advocating development of 45,000 homes in UK high streets

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    Leading Surrey & Berkshire land agents Aston Mead is throwing its weight behind a new report which suggests that thousands of new homes could be delivered across the UK by developing vacant space in high streets. The report, ‘Making Sense of Mixed-Use Town Centres’ produced by planning and development consultancy Turley, says that there is…

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    Aston Mead slams “ludicrously low” social housing target

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    Leading Surrey & Berkshire land agents Aston Mead have described the Government’s target to build just 10,000-12,000 social homes per year as “ludicrously low”. The figure was announced in a BBC Radio 5-Live interview by Conservative MP and Housing Minister Kit Malthouse on Tuesday (8 January), despite the widely-held view that there is a shortfall…

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    Aston Mead says councils betting £100m a month on property market should spend it on affordable homes instead

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    Leading land agent Aston Mead has hit out at the practice of local councils betting on the commercial property market, saying that they should spend the money building affordable homes on their own land instead. Land & Planning Director Adam Hesse was speaking out after it was revealed that despite guidelines which are supposed to…

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    Pent-up demand will hit property market post Brexit, predicts Aston Mead

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    Leading land agent Aston Mead says that Brexit may have subdued the property industry, but it has also led to a pent-up demand, which is likely to feed back into the market next year. Aston Mead Land & Planning Director Richard Watkins said: “Any degree of political or economic uncertainty means that buyers tend to…

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    Aston Mead says government must intervene to save our High Streets

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    Leading land agents Aston Mead are calling for government intervention to prevent the death of the UK High Street. The company says that many town centre premises are crying out for redevelopment, but without action by the local authority nothing will ever change because not all asset-holders share the same objectives. Aston Mead Land &…

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    Aston Mead welcomes new National Planning Policy Framework

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    Leading land agents Aston Mead have welcomed new government planning rules designed to speed up house building under a National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The new policy announced last week by Housing Secretary James Brokenshire states that a council’s local plan for its overall development strategy will become invalid if house building dips below 75%…

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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