Tag: housing

Housing market: Seaside village ‘becoming no-go area for locals’

Image copyright Anthony Parkes Image caption Local councillors fear Morfa Nefyn’s appeal to second-home buyers is driving up prices Planning guidelines are actively working against efforts to provide homes for local people in Gwynedd, a local councillor has claimed. Gruff Williams said Morfa Nefyn was “slowly becoming a no-go area for local people to buy property”. He claimed the rules… Read more →

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Co-ownership: Housing body sees threefold rise in demand

Image copyright Getty Images A housing association that helps people buy homes through shared ownership has received an almost threefold increase in applications over the past seven weeks. Co-Ownership usually deals with an average of 50 applications per week. However, since the beginning of July, it has processed about 1,000. Its director of customer services told BBC News NI the… Read more →

Isle of Man housing survey finds ‘need to support’ old and less well-off

Image copyright PA Image caption The report looked at a sample of the island’s 35,000 private homes The link between “disadvantageous social or economic” status and poor housing conditions shows a “continued need for support”, a report has said. The government survey of private homes found 27% of those in disrepair had a head of household who was over 65… Read more →

Post-coronavirus housing upgrades urged to create thousands of jobs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Retro-fitting Wales’ old housing stock is a significant challenge Thousands of old homes should be “retro-fitted” with energy-saving improvements to create jobs as part of the economic recovery from coronavirus, housing bodies have urged. Better insulation and the latest energy-efficient technology could cut bills and help tackle climate change. The Federation of Master Builders… Read more →

Coronavirus: Call to ‘cautiously reopen’ Wales’ housing market

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than half of all of Wales’ 16,500 homes on the market are sold subject to contract Calls for Wales’ housing market to “cautiously reopen” have been made to the Welsh Government after an 11-week hiatus during the coronavirus lockdown. Estate agents and lawyers want valuers to be allowed into unoccupied properties so sales… Read more →

First Minister Mark Drakeford defends handling of Rossett housing appeal

Image copyright Bellis Brothers Ltd Image caption Plans to build 132 new homes on agricultural land have sparked anger among villagers First Minister Mark Drakeford has defended his housing minister over her handling of a development near Wrexham. Campaigners said Julie James’ “bizarre” decision to approve 132 new homes in Rossett had breached the ministerial code. Rossett Focus Group (RFG)… Read more →

Coronavirus: England housing market is released from lockdown

Image copyright Getty Images The government has set out plans to re-start England’s housing market, which has been in deep freeze since the coronavirus lockdown. Effective immediately, estate agents can open, viewings can be carried out, and removal firms and conveyancers can re-start operations. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the changes must be carried out under social distancing and safety… Read more →