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Lawson Fairbank

The latest issues affecting land developers, land owners and land buyers.


Horses Horses Everywhere
Find out more about the increased demand for equestrian land and how you can benefit from this.

Fuel for Thought
Land values are at an all time high after the increased interest in land use for the increasingly important biofuels.

Planners increase pressure on the countryside
Countryside campaigners in the West Midlands say the Regional Assembly must stand firm against Government pressure to greatly increase housing numbers in the countryside.

Equestrian grazing workshop
Managing grassland for horses - a look at the British Grassland Society equestrian workshop.

Farmland prices hit record levels
Farmland values in England have increased 14 per cent over the past year.

'BP set to make 6bn in Green Belt land deal'
BP is set to make around GBP 6bn by building homes on green belt land in East Herts, campaigners claim.

Garden Infill Development - Brownfield
Campaigners protest against infill development on brownfield back gardens.

10,000 acres of greenbelt under threat from development
10,000 acres of greenbelt land may be developed according to research by The Guardian and the CPRE.

Agricultural land price boom
Land values in the Fens have rocketed in the past year.

Greenfield Development Encouraged
The government are set to force local councils to mark out new greenfield areas for development to replace brownfield windfall sites.

Farmland prices on the up
Continued growth of agricultural land values is expected due to a relatively short supply of farmland.

Countryside a Playground for the Rich
There is a danger of making the countryside a place for the wealthy at the expense of local people.

Tightening the green belt
The green belt is planning's gold standard, beloved of environmentalists and middle England alike.

Land price rise boosts confidence
Arable land prices rise by 7.5 per cent in 2006.

What is the CPRE actually protecting?
It was the CPRE that helped instigate the "green belt" system 50 years ago.

Massive development for Crawley after govt overrule
The Government has over-ruled Crawley Council and given building permission for the largest residential development in the town's history.

Townies set their sights on farmland
The price of farmland has risen by 9% in the past year, fuelled by a surge in the number of "lifestyle buyers".

Housing and planning delivery grant consultation launched (HPDG)
Ministers have formally begun consultations on a new housing and planning delivery grant (HPDG).

Barker to Call for More Responsive U.K. Urban Planning System
Call for planning system to be faster and cheaper for companies to obtain building permits.

Green belt land 'can be built on'
35 acres of land in Bath are to be removed from the green belt with the potential to be built on.

BANANAS - Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone
Conservative leader David Cameron, accuses the Labour Party of a failure to build an "adequate" number of new homes.

Valentine's passion over 'Prescottshire'
Proposals to build at least 10,000 new homes on Green Belt land in Hertfordshire.

Battle for Priest Hill Green Belt
Environmentalists and neighbours oppose a development bid for planning permission to build 90 homes on Surrey Green Belt.

Building on Green Belt Land Increases
Figures obtained by the Telegraph have revealed a 60% rise in development on green belt land.

Barker to Review Planning Policies
Kate Barker, who is also a Housing Corporation board member, has been asked to rethink how planning policy should be overhauled, following the Treasury's review of housing supply to pinpoint more blockages in the planning system.

Prescott backs green belt housing
John Prescott has given his backing to one of the biggest building schemes approved on green belt land.

Urban regeneration in Wales
Wales has gained a reputation for urban regeneration thanks to areas of redevelopment that have taken place where the Welsh coal industry once stood.

Man with plans to loosen the green belt
Edinburgh's green belt is, as with most green belt land, a controversial subject.

Housing plans would 'wreck' countryside
A wave of house building across the UK will do little to help those in greatest housing need.

Greenbelt - major review to go ahead
All greenbelt land will be examined to see if it should be developed or protected.

Green Belt Development Gets Green Light
Developer given the green light to build 35 dwellings on green belt after being turned down twice.

Tories slam Prescott's affordable housing
John Prescott has today announced nine organisations that have taken up the challenge to build 'affordable housing' for GBP 60,000.

Woodland ownership
Why buy woodland when many of us are within driving distance of a public woodland?

Green Belt - 50 Today
The Green Belt is officially 50 years old today yet there's little to celebrate - green belt land is under threat from development as never before.

Nevermind the Brownfield
Land is now at such a premium that local authorities in areas of high housing demand, could be forced to make land available, regardless of the environmental impact.

Allotment Owner's Windfall - Developer offers 7m GBP
Allotment owners offered 28,000 GBP per plot by a property developer.

Olympics 2012 - Contaminated Land Clean Up
The Olympics in 2012 will see remediation of one of the largest contaminated sites in the south east.

Developers aim to use 1,200 acres of greenbelt
Developers are putting the government under pressure to release 1,200 acres of greenbelt land for 14,000 new homes in the heart of the Thames Gateway growth area.

Sharks circle the green belt
Speculators are selling plots within green belt land, holding out to buyers the prospect that a government which is already nibbling hungrily at the green belt in several areas will soon allow planning consents to be given in others.

Brownfield development success, but still soils suffer
The decontamination of land has moved on in leaps and bounds, particularly in helping brownfield development, however agriculture is causing damage to soil.

Brownfield building at all time high
Statistics have revealed that building new homes being built on brownfield land is at an all time high.

Government land released for affordable housing
Hundreds of Government owned sites are set to be released to provide affordable housing for first-time buyers.

Farmland Investments Rising
With house prices stagnating, investing in farmland may prove to be the alternative property investment.

Halal Investment: Investing in Land
Financial and investment products that meet the requirements of Shariah law are still comparatively thin on the ground. Land investment provides an alternative.

63,000 GBP for a beach plot
A patch of sand in a popular Welsh seaside resort was sold for 63,000 GBP.

EU waste ruling could land us all in brownfield hell
The European Court ruled that all such spilled contaminants were "legal waste", which is fair enough, but they went on to decide that the soils which they have contaminated are also "waste"...

Help, there's a NIMBY in my back yard!
There's a lot of speculation in the media at the moment about the possibilities of mass development on the greenbelt...

Bespoke Liability for Contaminated Land
WSP Environmental are heralding a new scheme - bespoke liability for contaminated land...

250 million GBP Paragon Park plans go before council
Developers behind one of Coventrysbiggest ever building projects face D-Day when the official application goes before the council's planning committee....

A Valuable Shack
Land scarcity becomes a real problem, and the hunt for useful Brownfield sites continues to increase...

St Modwen banks for long-term future
Regeneration specialists St Modwen Properties bought 1,600 acres of development land last year yet still produced its twelfth successive year of record results...

Shares Available in Development Land
A new venture launches today, Land Initiatives Plc brings land investment to a new level - offering shares in prime development land...

Lifestyle buyers flee farmland
Rural land prices are still rising strongly, but a report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows that the exodus of good-lifers from urban areas has slowed...

Alarm at Prescott plan for 'endless suburbia'
20-year proposal to build 640,000 homes will be launched by the Southeast Regional Assembly...

Storm over green belt homes plan
Thousands of homes could 'overwhelm' Stourport under new plans to change the status of green belt land, Wyre Forest councillors fear...

85m Euros paid for homes site at Stillorgan
A new record price for residential development land has been set with the sale of an 11.3 acre site at Stillorgan in south county Dublin for 85m euro...

Avoiding the pitfalls when homing in on a land deal
Housing approval rates are set to increase by a third from the present 6,000 homes per year to around 8,000 in 2007/08....

Development land tax would prove to be a major disincentive
The spectre of a Development Land Tax returning to haunt the whole process is a very real threat to development, especially if proposed works are financially marginal...

Farmland price soars as investors explore new fields
The price of farmland has risen by nearly a third in the past year as a new breed of non-farming buyers look to fields as an alternative to bricks and mortar or the stock market...

Prescott accused of raising housing targets
SEERA is today considering proposals to increase the new homes target and the prospect of 720,000 new homes over the next 20 years...

The woods for the trees
When lan and Nina Graham spotted the 'Woods for Sale' sign on the side of the A40 earlier this year the same idea occurred to them both instantly...

Regional Assembly warns against unsustainable growth and calls for Government funding for essential infrastructure
478,000 new homes will be built in the region - which covers the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk - up to 2021...

Regional panel backs housing plan
A controversial plan to build nearly 500,000 homes across east England has been given initial backing...

Stevenage resigned to massive influx
Old town residents regret threat to green belt as Prescott's housing redevelopment plans take shape...

Decision due on greenbelt land
A decision is due on whether 56 hectares of greenbelt land in Sutton Coldfield will be retained as a site for major investment...

Protesters' fury over homes for green belt
Residents campaigning to protect a green belt site on the outskirts of Edinburgh have been dealt a major blow after the land was earmarked for housing development by the Scottish Executive.

The spread of UK land ownership
The spread of land ownership is a great good cause, much neglected in England. It's time to revive it...

Families wage homes battle
More than 100 families have united to fight for their homes, due for demolition in a 6m GBP Kensington regeneration project...

Fury as homes on greenbelt get go-ahead
A row broke out today after councillors in Glasgow signed a deal to build upmarket houses on greenbelt land...

Demand for Country Land booms
The price of farmland is up to record highs as demand continues to outstrip supply. Increasing numbers of people are opting to quit the rat race and move out of cities across the country, boosting the cost of farmland...

Gateway homes plan 'relies on improved transport'
The government's plans to build 120,000 new homes in the Thames Gateway by 2016 will not work without a series of new and improved transport facilities, an official report warned today...

Decision time for Green Belt plan
Another controversial green belt housing development is under the spotlight this week after the recent explosion of objection to the plan for Top Wighay Farm in Hucknall...

Brownfield housing potential rises
Planning authorities have upped their estimate of how many houses could be built on previously developed land in England despite the amount of brownfield land available for development remaining unchanged...

Prescott oversees Britain's silent metamorphosis
Mr Prescott is pushing through his plans to see 1,400,000 new homes built in the next 20 years...

Green-belt rules to be overhauled as pressure to build rises
Rules that govern green-belt areas around Scotland's towns and cities are to be overhauled, ministers announced yesterday. The Scottish Executive said a review of current policy was needed because of increasing pressure from building developers.

House plan could transform suburb
A Sheffield community could change dramatically if plans to build 91 homes on an industrial site are granted planning permission...

Farmland values swell by 10%
Farmland values rose by nearly 10% during the first six months of 2004 as a result of limited supply and renewed demand from prospective buyers, according to the latest rural research...

'Cutting-edge' country house plan
Ministers have changed planning rules for the countryside to favour 'innovative cutting-edge designs' over traditional country house styles...

New call for review of Green Belt
A review of green belts is needed to help make way for 70,000 new homes in Beds, Bucks and Northants according to a government report. The extra housing, to be built by 2021, comes on top of the 100,000 homes already earmarked to be completed over the next 20 years.