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Housebuilding

Housebuilding

Don’t let undertakers bury your housing development

There’s no getting away from the fact that building a residential development is often a lengthy process that requires the involvement of lots of stakeholders. However, it’s absolutely vital that a site is appropriately serviced so house purchasers have access to everyday services such as electricity, gas, drainage and sewerage.

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Liability insurance is a significant cost for employers – is it going to get any cheaper?

Liability insurance is a significant, but necessary, cost for businesses. While insurance companies have their own complex ways of calculating premiums for a particular business, it is undoubtedly the case that your premium is affected by both the cost of claims in general and how much of a risk your business presents.

Cost of claims

Let’s focus on personal injury claims. The main spend for insurers defending personal injury claims are the level of damages paid to a claimant and the costs paid to his or her lawyer.

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A bump in the road for home owners in Scotland?

Picture the scene: you’ve been living in your newly built home for six months when a pothole appears on your brand new road. You contact your council only to be told that your road isn’t on the list of public roads, so you and your lovely new neighbours are responsible for all repair and maintenance of the road and the costs that go with it.

What seems like an unusual scenario is actually more common than you think.

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Can the Scottish Housebuilding market continue to weather the Brexit storm?

Just over six months ago I wrote that I was very much of the view the Scottish housing market was bucking negative Brexit predictions, and that the outlook – particularly for new build homes – was extremely positive. 

Now the summer is drawing to a close and the warmer weather has been replaced with the autumnal storm of the Brexit debate, what’s changed since then?

A lot has happened politically.

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Proper preparation can help prevent any pain from Part Exchange properties

Proper preparation can help prevent any pain from Part Exchange properties

Being able to operate an effective part-exchange or ‘PX’ scheme can be an essential tool in a housebuilder’s sales tool kit.

From the housebuilder’s perspective it can be the means of delivering a sale on short notice.

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Proposed New-Build Homes (Buyer Protection) (Scotland) Bill

A proposal for a Bill to establish standard missives for the sale of new-build homes, including redress for purchasers in respect of defects in construction, is now available for scrutiny and comment.

Graham Simpson MSP, Member for Central Scotland Region, has issued a

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Town centre regeneration - diverse approaches, common themes

The emphasis given to the opportunities opened up by City Region Deals – and the widely-accepted view that we need to look strategically, and with real ambition, at the role of Scotland’s cities as engines of economic growth (explored at some length in the Scotland’s Urban AGE report which we commissioned last year) – can tend to obscure the significance of town centres.

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Financing housebuilding has changed - but the money is out there

The availability of finance for housebuilders is often described as one of the problems in creating more housing stock in Scotland.

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Planning (Scotland) Bill - reaching completion?

Following the positive mood at the recent Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch and Awards, we can all agree that the housebuilding industry is faring well and housebuilders have a great appetite for new sites in the right locations.

But there are headwinds. Planning is key to delivery of much needed new homes to meet the current shortfall in supply, and when an independent review of the system was announced in 2015 many thought this could be a ‘silver bullet’ opportunity to sort out a creaking system.

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Sun to shine on housebuilding sector at Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch

I am really looking forward to the Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch and Awards on Friday.  Not just because the glorious weather this week has put everyone in an upbeat mood, or indeed that Burness Paull sponsors the event, but due to the fact that it’s a great opportunity to catch up with people at what, for me, is the highlight of the year in the housebuilding calendar.

The Annual Lunch is timed perfectly – landing right at the end of New Homes Week this year – an initiative designed to promote the benefits of buying a new home to potential buyers.

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