Westminster city council is to ban new supersize properties built for oligarchs and other members of the global elite in order to free up space for more affordable homes. The council, which includes the areas of Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, said it would restrict new homes larger than 150 sq metres (1,615 sq ft) because “Westminster’s position in the global housing market can create demand for supersize properties which underoptimise development of Westminster’s scarce land resource”. Westminster said banning “Monopoly board-style” homes would help free up more space for affordable homes for Londoners. The ban is part of Westminster’s 2019-40 development plan released on Monday night, which also included a commitment to build more than 10,000 affordable units by 2040. The council said 150 sq metres was 50% larger than the average private home in the borough and would “still enable generously sized homes to be developed to meet … [Read more...] about Westminster council to ban supersize new homes
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Buying a new home can seem like the least stressful option as a first time buyer, with the opportunity to move straight in, as well as the chance to use Help to Buy, provided the property costs £600,000 or less. However, new builds aren't for everyone and you should weigh up the pros and cons carefully to decide what factors are most important to you when deciding where to live. For starters, it is likely you'll pay a premium for that box-fresh feeling. Here are the main pros and cons to consider before you start your home hunt. PROS OF A NEW BUILD PROPERTY Read more The top ten ways to pay less when buying a home As stress-free a buy as you’re likely to find. You won’t get gazumped or gazundered, you won’t need a structural survey and your home should be covered by a 10-year warranty. You’ll be able to walk straight into a bright, modern property and start enjoying it. You might get residents’ facilities on site — from rooftop … [Read more...] about should you buy a new-build home?
Home is where the heart is, and Plymouth has long been a popular destination to raise a family. As well as an amazing selection of period properties from which to choose, there are also plenty of exciting new developments currently popping up across the city and its surrounding areas. Here's a selection of fantastic houses that suit all budgets and would be perfect for growing families. 1. Highly-desirable in Hooe Price - £375,000 Reduced to a competitive asking price and on the market with Julian Marks, this executive-style detached family home sits in a superb position in Hooe and features an enclosed west-facing rear garden with a driveway and a garage. Superbly-presented and being offered with no chain, the property in Causeway View comprises an entrance hall, a lounge, a study, a downstairs wc / cloakroom and a large kitchen / dining / family room to the rear which opens out to the garden. Upstairs are four bedrooms - the master with an en-suite shower room - and the family … [Read more...] about Five homes for sale that are perfect for raising a family
Whether you're heading off on holiday soon, or need a new bag for your endless business trips or travel home, finding the right suitcase can seem like an arduous task. While some bags cost a fortune and come with all the bells and whistles, other cases are much more affordable, and can still look just as attractive. We've rounded up the ten best suitcase options below, from bargain bags with a ten year warranty, to expensive cases that have the ability to last you a lifetime. 1. Horizn Studios suitcase in various colours, £199 There's no denying that this is one of the most attractive brands out there when it comes to suitcases, but it's also got a lot to boast about on the inside, too. As well as coming with the option of a a removable smart charger (that's cabin approved for all airlines), it also has silent Japanese 360° spinner wheels - meaning no more rattling as you make your way to your flight. Dimensions: Height: 55.1cm, Length: 34.8cm, Width: 22.9cm Get it from the … [Read more...] about 10 best suitcases for your 2018 summer holiday
PUBLISHED: 08:03 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:33 16 May 2018 Justin and Tracy Revell, left, outside their home, with neighbours, Lyn Whiteman and Rob Grant, who have all had to move out of their new homes in Peter Pulling Drive Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Families will have to move out of their dream new-build homes for a second time in a year after problems were uncovered with a street of houses. Justin and Tracy Revell with their car advertising the problems they have had with Taylor Wimpey Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The four and five bedroom homes at Queen’s Hills in Costessey, costing £300,000 each, lack insulation and breach fire and building regulations, as well as National House Building Council (NHBC) guidelines. Despite assurances from developer Taylor Wimpey that the problems on Peter Pulling Drive would be fixed, they have not been. Taylor Wimpey confirmed families had to move out of six homes on the street last year, and now two of those households will … [Read more...] about Families have to move out of new Costessey homes TWICE as street hit by building problems