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The Guesthouse Case in Wandsworth

Published on: 19th December 2018 Our planning team has been successful in obtaining a lawful development certificate for a guesthouse (a former dwelling house in C3 use) in in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Following the successful award of a lawful development certificate our client will continue to operate his business confident in the knowledge that it is no longer at risk of planning enforcement. Our planning team were appointed on this particular case after our client had a longstanding planning application undetermined for a change of use of the C3 dwelling to a C4 House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

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The high street, but not as we know it

Published on: 14th December 2018 The decline in the UK’s retail property sector has been a widely reported one, with a reduced footfall on high streets across the country, which has largely been attributed to consumers altering their purchasing patterns and shopping more online. Whilst you cannot argue with the ease, convenience and relative unrestricted nature of online shopping, we believe that high street retailers should view this shift in perceptions as an opportunity and not as a threat.

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Large self-catering lodge development sold in North Devon

Published on: 12th December 2018 Our specialist holiday and caravan parks team have sold a self-catering holiday lodge development in Ilfracombe, North Devon.  The 12 acres’ park is located in a picturesque woodland setting and boasts stunning views overlooking Watermouth Harbour.

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Wellbeing at work: the impact office design has on your health

Published on: 10th December 2018 For many of us, a large portion of our day is spent at work; in fact, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, so it’s no surprise our work environment can have a huge impact on our quality of life.  Our architecture team have put together their thoughts on how your office and its design features might be helping or harming your health.

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Historic site with roots dating back to 997AD on the market in North Yorkshire

Published on: 7th December 2018 Formerly a Roman marching camp, medieval hostel and monastery, the historic mixed-use site at Spital Farm has recently come to market. The extensive farm features a Grade II listed farmhouse with two self-contained letting cottages, a restaurant, craft centre, tea room, caravan park and just over 13 acres of land providing potential for future development, subject to planning.

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December Deals Update

Published on: 5th December 2018 During November we were delighted to announce that WYG appointed us as sole advisorsoleWYG appointed us as sole advisor on its UK office portfolio. The appointment will see us providing relocation and lease advice, as well as property management services, on WYG 24 offices across the UK.   We have recently joined the Association of Short Term Lenders (ASTL) as an associate member. The function of the ASTL is to protect and promote the interests of its member and provide confidence to all parties who transact with them, find out more about it here. 

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Two new graduates welcomed to Bristol team

Published on: 4th December 2018 We have recently bolstered our Bristol office with the appointment of two graduates, Olivia Sawyer and Madison Hartery who join our building consultancy and valuation teams respectively. The appointments follow a spate of client successes in the South West, including contract wins for the building surveying and planning teams and strengthening of key bank panel relationships for the valuation team, as well as appointments on to the national framework for Homes England and Crown Commercial Service. 

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Teesside team host client wine tasting event for second year running

Published on: 3rd December 2018 Last week our Teesside office hosted clients and contacts at a private wine-tasting event at Chadwicks Inn in Maltby, North Yorkshire. David Fairley, partner in our Teesside office commented, “The event was once again, a resounding success. We wanted an event that we could make our own and hope that by having it at a similar time each year, it will become something that people look forward too.

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The Rent and Rates Equation

Published on: 29th November 2018 The two largest occupational costs for most businesses are rent and rates, the latter of which is inextricably linked to the former. Rob Cohen and Stephen Jefferies from our Leeds office consider this issue below and the careful balancing act that needs to be struck by tenants. Rob Cohen, partner in our rating team comments; “Rates are calculated by reference to a property’s ‘rateable value’ (RV) and a paired back definition for RV is the Rental Value for a property at a fixed date. The fixed valuation date for the current Rating List is 1 April 2015 and the valuation date for the next Rating List is set to be 1 April 2019, less than 5 months away.

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