The latest goings on in the world of property and construction this week.

Hundreds of commercial properties “sitting targets” for waste criminals

The Environment Agency is urging land and property owners across the South East, to be extra vigilant after investigations reveal that ‘baled waste crime’ is on the rise. The cost to clean-up these sites often falls on the landowners, with costs in excess of £200,000 a site. 

The EA are also asking businesses, organisations and individuals to manage their waste responsibly to prevent it from getting into criminal hands in the first place. Landowners, property agents, trade associations and local authorities have also been advised to ensure they carry out appropriate checks to safeguard themselves; “they have a responsibility to ensure anyone leasing their land/premises complies with regulations.” 


New ‘game changer’ service launches with information on every home in UK

A new service claiming to deliver comprehensive information on every single residential home in the UK launched in beta this month (June 2019).

It is free for estate agents to try out until the end of the year, with ongoing pricing to be confirmed before then.

The report provides agents with detailed residential information on a specific property, the surrounding area, pricing, planning, demographic data and market trends. 

Visit the Homesearch website



It’s time for communities to take control of Britain's land

A new report, Land for the Many, argues for changes to how land is used and controlled for the benefit of all. The authors recognised the need for communities to be ‘at the heart of development’. They draw particular attention to community land trusts (CLTs) and how the approach ‘could do much more to expand community land ownership’.

To date, the 300+ CLTs in England and Wales have mostly focused on the building and refurbishing housing that is affordable in perpetuity. Between them, they’ve built 935 homes and have plans for over 5,000 in the next few years. 

Research by the National CLT Network shows that at least 3,500 community led homes may never get built because of the Fund’s curtailed timeframe.

Long-term funding and concrete policy changes are needed if communities in England are to develop into a viable sector, on a par with Scotland where the equivalent of CLTs own 100 times as much land.

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