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September 2013Beware the legal pitfalls that can come with a rural barn conversion

It all sounds perfectly idyllic - a rural building plot with an old barn ripe for conversion...but check out the legal pitfalls first, as not all farm buildings can become homes

September 2013New planning guidance for renewable energy projects should reassure councils

The Government is seeking to allay concerns about large scale renewable energy projects through new measures that allow for community engagement and environmental protection, which in turn will assist councils in refusing planning.

September 2013Biodiversity Offsetting - the right balance between wildlife and development?

Biodiversity Offsetting is the Government's attempt to find a happy medium between the need for more housing and protection of the environment. But it fails to deal with fundamental planning issues and will only succeed if it is proven cost effective

September 2013Managing real estate risk in the new regulatory environment

An assortment of new regulations governing alternative investment funds and their managers will mean a collective pulling up of socks within the real estate industry, as data will need to be delivered more efficiently to enable better decision making

August 2013What makes farmland a good investment?

"There's gold in them thar hills". As land values continue to rise significantly, agricultural farmland has been identified as a low risk asset and, together with gold, a good hedge against inflation.

August 2013The changing requirements of property's retail sector

The UK is undergoing a massive change in the way shoppers buy goods, and this is having a major impact on the property infrastructure that underpins the retail industry.

August 2013Can Co-housing provide a solution to the UK's housing crisis?

Co-housing sounds the perfect answer to the UK's housing shortage with its ethos of like-minded people establishing a community and collaborating on housing projects that range from new builds to conversions

August 2013How will Special Measures affect commercial property development?

Six councils have already been named and shamed as performing below the designated threshold for timely decision making on planning applications. But are special measures really the answer to incentivising recalcitrant councils?

August 2013Landlords who don't comply with deposit protection face penalties

Deposit protection legislation has taken a new direction that will be welcomed by tenants who should receive the benefit of additional security, while for landlords it will be a likely cause of concern.

August 2013Property News Investment Focus - Secondary Returns

While prime commercial property yields have continued to fall, regional secondary investments are looking increasingly good value , with yields ranging from 8-10 per cent, says Mark Sherwood, Head of Investment, at Vail Williams

Features October 2015

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