M&G Real Estate installs largest shopping centre solar panel system in UK

January 26th, 2017 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, News, Property Developers No Comments »

M&G Real Estate, one of the UK’s largest property investors, has announced that it will install the UK’s largest shopping centre solar panel system on the roof of The Galleries shopping centre in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The system will comprise 1,317 individual photovoltaic panels, covering an area of 41,000 sq ft – equivalent to a professional football pitch – on an otherwise unused part of the centre. New technology to save 165 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually

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Another nail in the coffin for social housing

January 5th, 2016 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Developers, Property Market 1 Comment »

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s MP for Brighton Pavilion, will vote against the Housing and Planning Bill later today.

Lucas, who tabled a reasoned amendment to the Bill at Second Reading, has labelled the legislation as ‘another nail in the coffin for British social housing’. She will speak later today at a rally organised by Defend Council Housing.

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What you need to know about the Help to Buy Scheme

April 7th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Buying Property, Property Developers, Property Market No Comments »

The Help to Buy scheme is a new government initiative designed to help first time buyers and existing homeowners move up the property ladder. It is one way the government is trying to boost the economy after the recession and get homeowners moving again. This blog looks into the details of the scheme and how you may be affected by where you live in the country.

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Searching for a Property – Online, Estate Agents & Developers

January 2nd, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Estate Agents, Property Developers, Property Market No Comments »

Searching for a property can be one of the most exciting yet overwhelming times in your life, with numerous different estate agents, auctions, online websites and new property developments, where do you start? Well, firstly, before you even start the search for a property, you’ll need to establish exactly what you’re looking for, as it is easy to get carried away once you start to look. Have a specific criteria in mind, such as three bedrooms, a garage and a large garden, alongside your maximum budget.

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A Practical Guide to Planning Permission

October 17th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Developers No Comments »

When doing any work on a property, from a large project to a minor modification, ensuring the work adheres to planning permission should be top of the priorities list. If not it could cause a major headache.

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Considering a Move to Kent?

August 23rd, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Guest Articles, Property Developers 2 Comments »

As Home Counties go, Kent is definitely one of the prettier ones and is often referred to as the Garden of England – with good reason. The coastline is absolutely stunning and it’s the ideal place to live if you and your family are fans of long walks in the countryside, cycling or horse riding. Wherever you live in the county, you’re never too far from a green field or some woodland where you can go tramping about at the weekend to get some fresh air and exercise.

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Learn more about Shared Ownership Schemes

August 18th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Mortgages, Property Developers, Property Market 1 Comment »

The government’s shared ownership scheme is in place for those who want to buy a property of their own, but just can’t afford to. In these schemes, people are offered the chance to buy a share of their home, paying rent on the share that is leftover.

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Building a new home? The do’s and don’ts.

August 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Developers, Property Market 3 Comments »

This has become an increasingly popular way of achieving your dream home; gone are the days of stripping wallpaper and painting walls, people are just building new ones! And why not? Building a new home is, in a lot of cases, better for the environment, cheaper and will save you more money in the long run.

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Living With Parents Hits ‘Kiddults’ Where It Hurts

December 14th, 2011 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Developers, Property Market 1 Comment »

High house prices hit personal lives of Britain’s stay-at-home grown ups, reveals survey. Living with mum and dad is ruining the sex lives of Britain’s stay-at-home ‘kidults’ according to a survey commissioned by North West property development company, FreshStart Living.

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Development issues a Village Green presents

November 21st, 2011 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Developers 2 Comments »

A “Village Green” is an area of open land on which “a significant number of the inhabitants of any locality… have indulged as a right in lawful sports and pastimes on the land for a period of at least 20 years”. In order to protect a right to continue using an area of land for those purposes it must be registered under the Commons Act 2006. Once registered, the land must remain open and cannot be developed.

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Four Reasons to Move into a New Home

August 31st, 2011 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Developers, Property Market 4 Comments »

The continued fall in property prices over the past couple of years has left many people feeling like now may be the ideal time to buy a new property. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an existing homeowner, the reduced prices, coupled with the money being invested by developers into producing the best quality properties, means that more and more people are opting to buy new.

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