The evolving role of the NPPF and paragraph 49
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Since the introduction in England of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2012, there has been a proliferation of judicial reviews over its application when determining planning applications for housing.
Worth the risk?
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Published at the beginning of February, the long- awaited Housing white paper had the admirable purpose of 'fixing our broken housing market'. Whilst its aims are commendable, it carries a number of transactional risks which should be considered by all operating in the property sector.
Turn and face the strange of 2016
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2016 was certainly a year of Changes, to quote singer/songwriter David Bowie, whose death in January was for many a portent of the tumultuous year ahead in the political and economic spheres. The three per cent rise in stamp duty on second homes and buy-to-let purchases was greeted with some dismay, particularly as the government's initial consultation had suggested that there could be an exemption for investors buying 15 or more properties.
Remortgages rise post-Brexit
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Figures published by the Bank of England in the summer confirmed the predicted slowdown in the property market and subsequent fall in mortgage applications following the Brexit vote. This was in addition to the stamp duty increase on buy-to-let properties in the last Budget. In contrast however, the popularity of remortgages grew; increasing by 6% from June to July this year.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) clarity comes at a cost
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The three per cent rise in stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on second homes and Buy to Let properties introduced in George Osborne?s budget have been in effect since the beginning of April. The rise in SDLT was met with dismay among market commentators at the time of the announcement due to its likely impact on the private rented sector (PRS) ? with no exemption being provided to large-scale investors.
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