Planning for new property solutions?

I read a very interesting report about research by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which has suggested one solution to easing the current housing crisis could lie in low-cost housing solutions.

In the New Law Journal, potential solutions include modular homes – self-contained houses with a bathroom and kitchen, constructed off-site and then transported to a given location. Such homes can be priced from around £20,000. In addition, RICS suggests that homes made from recycled plastic are also available. This accommodation is made from “thermo poly rock” which uses 18 tonnes of recycled plastic and minerals which would otherwise be consigned to landfill sites. the report author Dr Chris Goodier from Loughborough University, said “UK house-building has long been associated with expensive, time-consuming methods and can mean that environmental standards are difficult to maintain. [These] designs are not only cost-effective but can be constructed in a very short period of time. Furthermore, many major mortgage providers are already willing to lend against these structures, which has been a problem in the past, meaning that first-time buyers could find them a way of getting onto the property ladder.”

For the Tayside and Scottish market, it will be very interesting to see just what the reaction of planning officials will be to a planning application for these properties, what developers will make of them, if lenders are prepared to finance them, and what local surveyors will make of them in valuation reports!

Shaun Mackintosh
Associate

Liquor licensing specialist joins team

We are pleased to announce that Janet Hood has been appointed as a consultant solicitor to work within our business division.

Janet, the only liquor licensing accredited specialist in Tayside and Angus has extensive experience working with both licensees and local authorities and is an active member of a number of Scottish Executive committees concerning alcohol. She is Council and Board member of the Law Society of Scotland and is a participant on the Law Society of Scotland’s Licensing Law Reform Committee. Janet is a board member of the Scottish Tourism Forum, a council member of the British Institute of Innkeepers and is a member of the Scottish Trade Licensing Association.

She has a remit to develop Blackadders’ offering in the hospitality, licensing and tourism sector through positive engagement with our existing clients and by identifying new clients amongst her many and varied contacts in the industry.

David Milne, partner and head of the business division says: “Licensing law is a bureaucratic minefield and we want to ensure that our clients maximize their business potential and adopt best practice. I am delighted that Janet has agreed to work with us; she is a very experienced and well-respected lawyer who will add depth to an already high performing team. It is a very exciting opportunity for Blackadders and advances our strategy of being the leading East Coast firm for people and for business.”