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MCANDREW MARTIN - PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS BY DESIGN

NEW figures from the Halifax have laid bare the soaring demand for controversial basement conversions.
It found that the number of planning applications for these fashionable schemes increased from 1,084 in 2012 to 3,064 in 2016 – a 183% rise.
Although the trend for subterranean living is predominately London-based, the demand for extra room extends nationwide, writes our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan in our latest our Expert View blog.

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McAndrew Martin - Professional Solutions by Design

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947.
The law effectively represented the start of the Listed building system we have today. To date, the list features 400,000 entries – including palaces, piers, windmills and bridges.
To celebrate the anniversary five more additions have been announced. They are a London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station, a ‘hobbit house’ in Yorkshire, a home in the Cornish woods and a Jewish Cemetery.

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MCANDREW MARTIN - PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS BY DESIGN

An article by our director Ian Lee about leasehold property has appeared in a prominent position on page three of the Homes supplement in today's Portsmouth News.
Ian explains how householders have become more aware of issues surrounding this type of property ownership and taking steps to safeguard its value with extended lease terms.
Leaseholder property comes under the spotlight amid Government concerns about some housebuilders selling new homes leasehold rather than freehold - with concerns over ground rent increases and leasehold terms.

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