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Housebuilding

Housebuilding

Online Purchasing - A Click Too Far?

The dotcom revolution is firmly underway and we are seeing advances in virtually every area of our lives.  Online conveyancing is potentially set to disrupt the current relationship between housebuilder and consumer, and to consider the implications property lawyer Phil MacLean has been discussing the topic with Sam Moore - a Legal Technologist in the firm.

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Guest Blog: Technology is Changing the Way We Buy New Homes

Guest Blog: Technology is Changing the Way We Buy New Homes
By Anne Marie Britton, Group National Sales & Marketing Director, Miller Homes


At Miller Homes we have been building homes and communities across the UK for over 80 years and in that time the house building industry has seen many changes, most recently in the way customers purchase their new homes. 

Advances in technology combined with increasing demands on our time have dramatically alt

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Off-site Manufacturing - A 'Smart' Move

The construction industry needs change. Solutions need to be embraced. Off-site manufacturing is a solution. Kathleen McAnea explains how attitudes which hinder this solution can be overcome.

The need for change

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has recommended that off-site manufacturing (OSM) and other methods of “smart construction” could be the solution for the construction industry in meeting current housing demands.

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Fundamental Differences to Housebuilding North and South of the Border

There are many important and practical differences between the Scottish system and that operating south of the border when it comes to residential development and the sale of new build houses. We have highlighted the main differences below:

Land Tenure

Land tenure is different in England.

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Section 75 Agreements - Pay the Council's Legal Costs or Else...!

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Many Councils now routinely expect applicants to reimburse legal costs they incur in preparing Section 75 agreements – this includes the costs incurred by the Council to its external solicitors, as well as its own internal legal costs. 

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Putting Young People's Needs First - Scottish Housing Day Kick Off

Scottish Housing Day kicks off on 19 September this year. 

We are proud supporters of the event and are delighted to help raise awareness of the great work taking place in the housebuilding sector, involving a good number of our clients and charitable organisations.

A significant part of the work that our housebuilding team does involves the delivery of affordable housing across Scotland.  That ranges from acting for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to contractors that are building homes for RSLs. 

This year’s Scottish Housing Day has a focus on pu

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Land and Buildings Transaction Tax - A Bit Of Relief For First Time Buyers?

For many first time buyers, cash-flow is tight and it can be difficult to get on the housing ladder. In an attempt to make it easier for first time buyers, new regulations came into force on 30 June 2018, providing a relief for first time buyers purchasing residential dwellings in Scotland, which they intend to occupy as their only or main residence.

What is the relief?

In simple terms, the relief offers an improved position to first time buyers and raises the zero tax threshold from £145,000 to £175,000.

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The Forgotten Land: Use It Or Lose It?

Every day on my way to work, I pass a bare and neglected plot of suburban land. The plot is unremarkable in almost every way but for one feature.  It has a sign bearing the name of a local house-builder. In 15 years, there has been no change.

I am curious. Does the house-builder own the plot?  Why has it remained vacant and neglected? What do the people living in the houses close by think? 

Developers often hold land until circumstances improve or opportunities arise.

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Changing, Challenging, Collaborating

At the recent Annual Homes for Scotland Lunch and Awards, of which we were once again proud main sponsors, Ken Gillespie, the new Chair of Homes for Scotland highlighted the success and progress of the housebuilding industry in providing high quality homes and the role those homes have in supporting families, jobs and the health, wellbeing and education of the population.

Building and selling homes should be simple, shouldn’t it? The demand for quality homes is there. In theory, that should be half the battle. However, there is much more to the process than first meets the eye.

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Lead Consultants - Liable For What?

The limits of a lead consultant’s liability for a project were highlighted in a new Scottish appeal court decision when they were not held to be responsible for whole design of the development. 

A development of 64 social homes in Midlothian became uninhabitable as a result of ingress of carbon dioxide from disused mine workings.  The Council sued, for £12 million:

  • the Architect appointed by the Council as lead consultant under a Framework Agreement; 
  • the Ground Investigation Contractor appointed by the Council to carry out ground investigati

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