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Planning Reform

The Government has attempted to simplify planning and deliver growth through changes to the planning system and publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) plus 2 sets of planning reform measures as well as consultation on a third potential set of changes. David Cameron identified the planning system required reform in March 2011 by […] Read more

The future of Business Rates – what do we think?

There is hardly a week that goes by without mention in the news about the future of the Business Rates system. The most frequent questions I am asked about business rates are “what is likely to happen to the system, when will it happen and how will it affect my business? The government has clearly […] Read more

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) – A positive change?

It is now approaching a year since the rights of Landlords in respect of the recovery of arrears changed significantly with the introduction of CRAR which became effective from 6th April 2014. The new legislation raised a number of concerns from property owners, but as a brief reminder some of the changes meant that: • […] Read more

Business Rates Set To Increase

With RPI standing at 2.3% in September 2014, business rates bills are set to increase by a minimum of 2.3% from April 2015. Estimates are that assessments with RV £18,000 or more will be charged 0.493p in the £ and smaller assessments at 0.482p. With elections upcoming the Government may offer to add to the […] Read more

Thinking Ahead When Developing Mixed Use Schemes

The Plymouth office of Stratton Creber Commercial have recently been appointed by the developers of a large mixed use scheme to advise on the structure of the management of the building, service charge budgets and responsibilities for the day to day and statutory aspects of running the property going forward. Unfortunately, the approach came very […] Read more

The Housing Bubble – Boom & Bust Again?

On these fair shores, the sentiment surrounding the value of our little piece of England upon which sits our very own castle, has more impact on economic policy than in any other part of the world. Our very well being seems emphatically linked to the growth or decline in the value of our home and […] Read more