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Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020. Read More...

LBTT threshold must be implemented immediately

09 July 2020

In response to the Chancellor's Summer Statement at Westminster, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP, has said that the Scottish Government will raise the threshold for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) from £145,000 to £250,000. Read More...

Electronic signatures for conveyancers

09 July 2020

HM Land Registry has today, 9 July issued draft guidance on the introduction of e-signatures in order to tackle the issues that legal formalities have caused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...

Court case brings to light the importance of Sales Protocol Toolkit

09 July 2020

A recent case where a surveyor failed to identify serious remedial issues has highlighted the importance of using Propertymark’s Sales Protocol Toolkit to help minimise potential misconduct when selling a property. Read More...

Housing Secretary unveils plans for a green planning revolution

Thursday 03 October 2019

Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has unveiled plans for a new green standard for new build homes, and a consultation on changes to the planning system.

The Future Homes Standard will see fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers banned from new homes by 2025 and replaced with the latest generation of clean technology – such as air source heat pumps and cutting-edge solar panels.

Homeowners could potentially save on their energy bills as developments in the fabric of buildings, such as wall insulation and heating, help drive down the cost of keeping homes warm.

The Government has also announced plans for a new national design code that will require every single local authority across the country to produce their own design guide which reflects their unique setting, character and history, while meeting the expected national standard.

Ministers will also consult on an ambitious revamp of planning rules to create a simpler system it hopes will work for all. The move aims to benefit all planning applicants, from housing developers to individual householders seeking to extend or modify their own home, as it ensures councils work at pace to decide proposals.

The accelerated planning green paper will be published in November 2019.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone – including developers – do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support. That’s why I am requiring carbon emissions are cut by up to 80% from 2025 for all new homes and have published a National Design Guide, setting out simply what we expect from new development. We are also reforming the planning system making it faster and more efficient for everyone, from households to large developers, alongside giving families greater freedom to extend their homes to meet their changing needs.”

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