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Plan for 430 city centre NHBC award for Bellway site manager flats in Leicester A BELLWAY site manager has been named as the national winner in the NHBC’s Health and Safety Awards.

The proposals from Land Invest Ltd have earmarked the site for three buildings rising to 21, ten and nine storeys respectively, which will provide a total of 428 homes. The plot is currently derelict and comprises a large complex of buildings at the corner of Humberstone Road, Wimbledon Street and Rutland Street. The buildings were constructed in the mid-20th Century following the destruction of a former factory on the plot during World War II. They were also once used as warehouse and office space for the Freeman, Hardy and Willis Shoe factory. Planning permission is already in place to transform the former hotel into 454 student bedrooms, along with a retail unit, a restaurant/ café and a commercial unit. The council has said only minimal work was carried out.

Jan Ruddick oversees construction at The Priory in Thringstone, Leicestershire, which won the Best Site award for 2017. This followed Jan’s Quality Award win in the first round of the NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards, which was announced in June. The Health and Safety Awards win was revealed at a ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham earlier this month and it took Jan by surprise. He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I missed out on winning once Bellway Site Manager Jan before, two years ago, so that Ruddick site manager won was my incentive to win this the national Health and Safety time. The presenter said he’d award from the NHBC never seen a celebration like it at an awards ceremony.” The NHBC is an independent body tasked with ensuring standards are maintained and continually improving in the new homes sector. NHBC inspectors make regular visits to new developments and they judge health and safety standards on an ongoing basis. Winning the national award requires unwavering attention to detail. It is the site manager’s responsibility to ensure all health and safety protocols are being followed, as well as coming up with innovative ways to spread the message. Jan said: “I worked closely with my Regional Health and Safety Manager, Claire Walker, and came up with ways of working with the

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PLANS HAVE been submitted for the demolition of the former International Hotel in Leicester to make way for a residential scheme comprising almost 430 apartments.


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Former Natwest bank branch offices at auction


National planning consultancy opens East Midlands office NATIONAL PLANNING consultancy Boyer has opened a new office at Cedars park in Loughborough.

FIVE former bank branch offices from across the Midlands will excite the market at SDL Auctions Bigwood’s next auction in Birmingham on Wednesday 6 September.

The office will be led by Nigel Harris (right)who has over 25 years’ experience in planning and development, working in the public and private sectors. He has previously worked for one of the UK’s largest house builder and more recently with a major consultancy in the Midlands. With established offices across England and Wales, the firm say the new office will enhance their local expertise and add to their current capabilities to benefit existing and potential clients across the country. Nigel Harris says “I am very excited about opening Boyer’s new office in the Midlands. Our presence in the area will enable me to use my local knowledge and experience to build on Boyer’s success elsewhere in the country. Our intention is to develop the office and our expertise enabling us to have an even stronger platform in the region to maximise our ability to deliver for clients. “ The new office will also be supported by other members of the Boyer team with experience of working in the region.

With just over a month to go before the auction, four NatWest properties in Leicestershire and another in Shropshire are already listed for sale. Ian Tudor, head of commercial auctions at SDL Auctions, has invited more properties to join what he has predicted will be one of the busiest property auctions of the year, with buyers expected from across the country. He said: “These are excellent, large properties in prime locations across the region, with all sorts of potential for future use, subject to necessary planning conditions, and we expect them to really excite the market. “Other properties at the September auction will benefit from the fact that buyers will be attending from across the country for a chance of buying one of these former bank branch offices.” The former NatWest Bank offices include: • A freehold Grade II-listed property at 44-44a High Street, in Oakham, Leicestershire, occupying a prime retail pitch in the affluent county town, with a guide price* of £350,000 to £375,000. • An attractive, timber-framed freehold property arranged over three storeys with a basement and large garden in the heart of the town centre at 16-20 High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Guide price: £150,000 to £175,000. • A freehold detached property at 47 Belvoir Road in Coalville, north west Leicestershire, in a popular town centre location with a car park for up to 14 cars. Guide price: £150,000. • A prominent, three-storey, mid-terraced freehold property at 25 High Street, in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, with a rear garden and off-road parking. Guide price: £200,000 to £225,000. • A freehold property in busy row of shops at 145 Evington Road, Leicester, in the Stoneygate suburb near the University of Leicester, with ground rent from a 125-year leased residential apartment on part of the first and the second floor. Guide price: £150,000 to £175,000. The auction takes place in the Holte Suite at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham, starting at 11am on Wednesday 6 September. For more information, call 0121 233 5046, emailing or visiting www.

Land Invest plan - from page 1 Land Invest initally planned to build an 18-storey block along with two 11-storey structures to provide 637 apartments, but the application was scaled back. A council document published ahead of the planning committee meeting says: “The local planning authority consider that although the existing complex of buildings are not entirely without merit, with the Rutland Street wing providing a competent piece of period architecture that is not out of keeping with its setting, the heritage value if low over all. “Whilst Historic England raised concerns over the demolition of the existing buildings, particularly the tower, taking into account the above and given the poor condition of the existing building and its limited architectural/ historic interest, the demolition of the existing building complex is considered to be acceptable.”

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Bellway - from page 1 community. This included hosting some sessions with a local school to teach them about health and safety on site. “I learned a lot from missing out on the award the first time and putting my ideas into practice was a genuine team effort. I’d especially like to thank Gary Read, my labourer, and John Pollard, my forklift driver, for all their support.” Jan has worked for Bellway for more than seven years, spending the last 12 months managing the site at The Priory, and he says he has set the standard for next year. He said: “You can’t get higher than winning a national health and safety award. The challenge is going to be to retain the title.” Gary Mills, Managing Director of Bellway East Midlands, said: “To win the national NHBC Health and Safety Award is a huge achievement and it is very well deserved by Jan. His focus and determination to protect people on site and within the local community are admirable. “Every year this award becomes more difficult to win, as site managers across the country strive to find new ways to improve. Jan has achieved this while maintaining exemplary build standards, as is demonstrated by his Quality Award for 2017.”


Development properties for sale with Howkins & Harrison THE FOLLOWING properties, which are being offered for sale by Howkins & Harrison, will be of interest to local builders and property developers: •

Development site with Outline Planning Permission for 6 units at Moira, Leicestershire (right) – the site extends to 0.98 acres, and the GIA totals 10,400 sq.feet. GUIDE PRICE: £695,000. • Redevelopment site for 9 dwellings with canal frontage – also located in Moira, Leicestershire. This former factory/ warehouse site has Outline Planning Permission for 3 detached and 6 semidetached houses. GUIDE PRICE: £600,000. • Development site with Outline Planning Permission for 6 dwellings at Whitwick, Leicestershire. A 1.68 acre plot with easy access to motorway links. GUIDE PRICE: £550,000. • Land with planning permission for 2 dwellings at Measham, Leicestershire. This rural lifestyle opportunity comes with woodland and 12.7 acres of meadow land. GUIDE PRICE: £575,000. • Development opportunity for a single building plot at Lount, Leicestershire. The site has garden to the rear with views towards the National Forest, plus off-road parking for two cars. GUIDE PRICE: £160,000. • Plot for 2 detached three-bed houses in the high value location of Haseley Knob, Warwickshire. The site extends to 0.21 acres and has open views to front and rear. GUIDE PRICE: £475,000. • Development opportunity in Nether Whitacre, Warwickshire - comprising a Dutch Barn with consent for conversion to 2 dwellings on 0.41 acre site. GUIDE PRICE: £350,000. • Plot with consent for 5 two-storey dwellings at Polesworth, Warwickshire. Site area of approximately 0.3 acres. GUIDE PRICE: £375,000. • Site with Outline Planning for 14 dwellings on a site of 1.22 acres at Rugby, Warwickshire. Close to local amenities, primary and secondary schools, and within walking distance of the town centre. PRICE ON APPLICATION. For more information, contact Howkins & Harrison on 01827 721380 – see advert on pages 34 & 35.


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Finishing touches are being made to David Wilson Homes’ Kibworth development CONSTRUCTION staff at David Wilson Homes’ development Kibworth Meadows are celebrating the end of an era with a topping out ceremony as the development has now completely sold out. The construction team who have helped to build the community over the last nine years came together to celebrate the success of the development as they put the final touches on the remaining homes. Now that all of the homes have sold, the ceremony marks the final milestone at Kibworth Meadows as the site team will soon finish construction at the development. Located on Longbreach Road, the 436 home development proved extremely popular with Leicestershire homebuyers since construction first began in 2007, with the first homes going on sale the the hard work following year. of everyone The five phases at the who has helped development have brought muchto make this needed, quality two, three, four and site what it is five bedroom homes to the area today. of Kibworth Harcourt whilst also “We’ve creating a thriving new community. received great feedback from Darren Langton, Construction residents who live on the Director at David Wilson Homes development and we’re looking East Midlands, said: “The topping forward to seeing the last out ceremony at Kibworth customers moving into their new Meadows was a fantastic way to homes. commemorate our time at the “The development has already development and celebrate all of

created a friendly and established community and we’re confident that this will continue to flourish.” Homebuyers who missed out on finding their dream home at Kibworth Meadows are being encouraged to visit David Wilson Homes’ development Whetstone

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IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI®

Construction growth eases to 11-month low in July amid weakness in commercial building

Saffron Health (c/o Agent: Tom Potter, P+HS Architects, 84 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 6AG) – Demolition of building and construction of two storey extension to rear of health centre – at Saffron Health Centre, 509-515 Saffron Lane, Leicester.

Key findings: • Weakest construction performance since August 2016 • Commercial work falls at fastest pace for 12 months

Mr E Rainford (c/o Agent: Dinesh Tailor, DT Designs Ltd, 74A Wyvern Avenue, Leicester LE4 7HH) – Change of use of ground floor shop to 2 self-contained flats plus single storey extension to the rear – at 274-276 Loughborough Road, Leicester.

• New orders decline, leading to softer job creation in July Data collected July 12-28 SUMMARY: UK construction companies recorded another growth slowdown in July, reflecting lower volumes of commercial building and a softer expansion of housing activity. The latest survey also revealed a reduction in new business volumes for the first time since August 2016, which acted as a headwind to job creation and input buying across the construction sector.

At the same time, intense supply chain pressures continued in July and prices for construction materials increased at one of the sharpest rates since the first half of 2011. Adjusted for seasonal influences, the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) dropped from 54.8 in June to 51.9 in July, to signal the weakest construction performance since August 2016. The latest reading was below the long-run survey average (54.5) and pointed to only a moderate pace of business activity growth. Lower levels of commercial construction were a key factor holding back overall business activity growth in July. Although only modest, the reduction in commercial activity was the fastest for 12 months. A number of survey respondents cited delays in decision making by clients, linked to worries about the economic outlook and heightened political uncertainty. Residential building remained the strongest performing category of activity in July, although the latest rise was the slowest for three months. The only upturn in output growth was recorded in the civil engineering sector. Construction firms commented on greater reluctance to commit to new projects among clients in July. Weaker demand led to an overall reduction in new business volumes for the

first time since the postreferendum rebound began in September 2016. Deteriorating order books resulted in more cautious staff recruitment policies, as highlighted by a moderation in employment growth to its slowest for 11 months. Subcontractor usage also decreased during the latest survey period. July data suggested that UK construction companies responded to lower sales by tightening up purchasing activity at their business units. The latest increase in input buying was only marginal and the weakest since March. Delivery times for construction materials continued to lengthen sharply, which survey respondents linked to low stocks and stretched capacity among suppliers. Meanwhile, input cost inflation remained elevated and close to the peaks seen at the start of 2017, which was partly linked to prices for imported items. Construction firms remained upbeat about their growth prospects, but the degree of optimism was the lowest since July 2016. This was attributed to heightened economic uncertainty and subdued confidence among clients.

COMMENTS Tim Moore, Associate Director at IHS Markit and author of the IHS Markit/CIPS Construction PMI®, said: “July data reveals a growth slowdown in the UK construction sector, mainly driven by lower volumes of commercial development and a loss of momentum for house building. Weaker contributions from the cyclically sensitive areas of construction activity more than offset resilience in the civil engineering sector. “Worries about the economic outlook and heightened political uncertainty were key factors contributing to subdued demand.

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Construction firms reported that clients were more reluctant to spend and had opted to take longer in committing to new projects. “There was a knock-on impact for job creation and input buying following the largest downturn in order books since August 2016. However, supply chain pressures remained intense, reflecting low stocks among vendors, and materials prices continued to rise at one of the fastest rates seen for six years. “The combination of weaker order books and sharply rising construction costs gives concern that an extended soft patch for the construction sector may be on the horizon.” Duncan Brock, Director of Customer Relationships at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said: “The number of new orders dropped significantly this month and at the fastest rate since August 2016, as commitmentaverse clients contributed to the sector’s weak trajectory. “Commercial building activity slowed for the first time in five months and was the main drag on the Index. Housing, the shining light of the sector eased marginally, but produced the slowest growth since April, as parallels with the darker days of Brexit, worries about the UK economy and post-election uncertainty can be seen across the construction sector. “Continuing price pressures from the weak pound lingered, driving cost inflation near to a six-year peak, stifling purchasing activity and jobs growth. All in all, a challenging start to Q3 and there are possible roadblocks ahead for the sector in the rest of 2017, with longer lead times and suppliers struggling with stock levels, which adds insult to injury.”

J D Wetherspoon plc (c/o Agent: Keith Paine & Associates Ltd, Adur Business Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5EG) – Change of use of first to fourth floor offices to 38-bed hotel – at The Last Plantagenet, 107 Granby Street, Leicester. Eastfield Holdings Ltd (c/o Agent: Malcolm Goodall, The Drawing Room (Architects) Ltd, 130 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE) – Demolition of part of building, change of use from industrial to 9 flats and construction of two storey side extension – at 1 Rugby Street, Leicester. School of Hope & Glory (c/o Agent: Mark Pellegrini, TCDS Plans, 12 Berrington Close, Botcheston, Leicestershire LE9 9FQ) – Change of use of second floor from light industrial to assembly and leisure – at Komet Works, Sawday Street, Leicester. Mr Surjit Singh (c/o Agent: Volta Designs) – Change of use of single dwelling to 4 one-bed flats plus single storey rear extension and dormer extension – at 83 Uppingham Road, Leicester. National Grid (c/o Agent: Sam Harper, Firstplan Ltd, Bramah House, 65-71 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF) – Demolition of two buildings – at Gas Site, Aylestone Road, Leicester.

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Material prices are soaring, says FMB A THIRD of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Construction SMEs have reported a range of material price increases since the depreciation of sterling following the EU referendum in June 2016. Small building firms were asked which materials have increased the most and the results were as follows: 1. Timber 2. Insulation 3. Bricks 4. Blocks 5. Windows 6. Plasterboard / slate 7. Boilers and radiators 8. Porcelain products The impact of these material price increases have been wide-ranging and include: • 85% of builders think material price rises could drive consumers to hire rogue traders in an effort to save money on their building projects; • One third of construction SMEs (32%) have had their margins squeezed; • Almost one quarter (22%) have been forced to pass material price increases onto their clients, making projects more expensive for consumers;

• More than one-in-ten builders report making losses on their building projects due to material price increases. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Material price increases have left builders under severe pressure. This research shows that following the fall in the exchange rate, timber is the material that the majority of builders say has increased most in price but the problem doesn’t end there – everything from insulation to windows to bricks and blocks are soaring in price. A third of builders report that these price increases are eating into their already razor-thin margins – and this on top of increased wages and salaries stemming from longterm construction skills shortages. Furthermore, one-in-ten builders say that they’ve actually made losses on projects due to material price increases – this is most likely to happen when a particular product or material jumps up in price mid-project when then builder has already quoted for the work. Perhaps unwisely, some builders are absorbing these extra costs as opposed to re-quoting for the

project.” Berry concluded: “Material price spikes aren’t just a problem for builders – they’re also a problem for the home owner, with almost one quarter of builders saying that they have had to pass on price increases to their clients. “This means that building projects now cost significantly more than they did this time last year. What with stagnant wages and price inflation across the economy, consumers are feeling the pinch and it might be that they decide not to commission that loft conversion or extension after all. Or worse still, 85% of builders believe that home owners will be tempted to hire rogue traders who are quoting a lower price than a professional building firm such as those that belong to the FMB. “If that’s the case, material price rises could lead to a flurry of botched jobs and distressed consumers. We’re calling on home owners to hold their nerve – they’re better off commissioning a more modest project from a professional builder than a high spec project from a cowboy. Don’t take the risk.”

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Work begins on Leicester’s new £40m residential development FE Leicester (c/o Agent: Mrs Anna Gillings, Gillings Planning Ltd, Winchester Business Centre, 10 Parchment Street, Winchester SO23 8AT) - Demolition of single dwelling and construction of a three storey 72-bed care home with access, parking, landscaping, trees and other associated works – at Ashfield, 11 Elmfield Avenue, Leicester. Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance (c/o Agent: Corporate Architecture Ltd, Venari House, 1 Trimbush Way, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7XY) – Change of use from office to hotel with extensions and alterations – at 16 New Street and 2-4 Peacock Lane, Leicester. Wilmott Dixon Construction Ltd (c/o Agent: Mr Graham Gibbs, Chantry House, High Street, Coleshill, West Midlands B46 3BP) – Demolition of part of school buildings – at Former Ellesmere College, Ellesmere Road, Leicester.

NOTTINGHAM-BASED Franklin Ellis Architects has announced that works have begun on the new £40m residential scheme on Vaughan Way in Leicester. The 260,000 sq ft development, which is being delivered by Leicester-based developer Sowden Group, will bring 297 luxury rental apartments, commercial space, a rooftop garden and car parking to the formerly derelict site and will be 11 storeys tall. Partner David Franklin and associate partner Joe Taylor at Franklin Ellis Architects, are providing architecture and landscaping services for the scheme, which is due for completion in April 2019. Franklin Ellis is working on the development in partnership with construction firm Winvic for London-based investment company Long Harbour. Joe said: “We have been involved in the planning of this development alongside Sowden Group for many years and it’s great to see works underway. “The site has been derelict for several years and this ambitious development will significantly enhance the area. “The scheme offers a fantastic location for those who want to live in Leicester’s vibrant city centre, close to its retail offer and bar and restaurant scene.” This is the second large scheme that Franklin Ellis Architects has worked on in the last two years in Leicester alongside Sowden Group, having previously delivered the £20m mixed used development in New Walk. Roy Coley, managing director of Sowden Group, said: “This is a great development which will considerably enhance a side of the inner ring road which has been neglected in the past. We are pleased that it is attracting large scale investment from London asset managers. As well as a first for Leicester, this is probably the only London investment in the private rented sector in the East Midlands.” Franklin Ellis is also working in partnership with CallisonRTKL, a London-based design consultancy providing interior design.

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RICS UK Residential Market Survey, July 2017

Activity in East Midlands’ housing market sluggish RECORD LOW stock numbers, political uncertainty and the aftermath of tax changes are obstacles hindering the East Midlands housing market, according to the RICS UK Residential Market Survey, with sales activity subdued during the month of July.

The headline price growth gauge for the East Midlands continues to defy the UK trend with 27% more respondents reporting prices to rise (instead of a fall) over the course of the previous three months. The national figure slipped from +7% to +1% and represents the softest reading since early 2013. By way of contrast, the price net balance reading for central London remains negative with the This month, sales activity pace of decline broadly matching continues to lack momentum, that of the previous three months. with the net balance readings for Moreover, chartered surveyors are buyer enquiries and agreed sales starting to report early signs of this remaining relatively flat, at 6% and flatter trend permeating outside -8%, respectively. Respondents are the capital, as the price balance not anticipating activity in the sales for the South East of England fell market to gain impetus at this point into negative territory, posting the in time, with both three and twelve weakest reading for this part of the month expectations series pointing country since 2011. to little change. In an extra question, contributors The main element holding back to the July survey reported on the market continues to be a sales prices in comparison to their sustained deterioration in the asking price. Nationally, homes at flow of fresh listings. Despite new the top end of the market (those instructions in the East Midlands listed at more than £1million) saw seeing a slight increase this month the greatest deviation in agreed (with 6% more respondents noting BP-Halfa Page Ad 5-2016_Layout 11:08with Page 1 of respondents 68% rise) average stock levels1on16/05/2016prices, reporting sales prices coming in estate agents’ books remain close below the asking price. Whilst to record lows, limiting choice for this is not uncommon in a flatter potential home buyers.

market, 33% of respondents said the agreed price was up to 5% below the asking price and 26% reported between 5% and 10% under. Looking ahead, near term price expectations continue to signal stronger growth across the East Midlands over the coming three months in comparison to many parts of the UK. Over the next twelve months, respondents remain more confident that prices will rise, with a net balance of +59% anticipating an increase. Again, central London continues to exhibit the most cautious twelve month projections relative to all other parts of the UK. In the lettings market, the quarterly figures*, also portray a more subdued picture. Tenant demand continued to edge higher, while landlord instructions continued to fall with 13% of respondents reporting a decline instead of an increase in listings. The sustained lack of supply means rents are expected to grow, albiet only modestly in the coming three months. And looking a little further they are projected to increase by a little over 2% over the next twelvemonth point.

Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist, commented: “Sales activity in the housing market has been slipping in the recent months and the most worrying aspect of the latest survey is the suggestion that this could continue for some time to come. One reason for this is the recent series of tax changes but this is only part of the story. Lack of new build in the wake of the financial crisis is a more fundamental factor weighing on the market. And there are some very real consequences for the economy from all of this including the impact on the ability of people to be mobile when looking for work. “The flatter trend in price growth is arguably a silver lining but there is no real indication that the housing market will become materially more affordable anytime soon. Hence the need for the government to press ahead with the Build to Rent initiative as well as continuing to focus on other tenures alongside home ownership to try address this critical issue.”

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Council outlines new rate relief scheme for local businesses A SCHEME that will help almost 2,000 Leicester business affected by the government’s recent rate revaluation has been announced by Leicester City Council. The council has been given £2.2milllion of government funding over four years to provide a relief scheme to support businesses facing a steep rise in their rates. This is because the rateable values of all business properties in England changed following a national revaluation effective from April 2017. While the government has introduced increases and reduction in phases over the next five years, all councils were allocated a share of a £300milllion relief fund to enable them to implement their own, local business rates relief schemes. Leicester City Council has been allocated £1.3million to use towards this in 2017/18. The new discretionary relief scheme will significantly reduce the limits of increases that smaller local businesses could face in the first year of the scheme. Leicester businesses with a rateable value of up to £20,000 will see any increase in their net rates bill limited to a maximum of 2%, while those with a rateable value of between £20,001 and £100,000 will see any increase in their rates bill

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capped at 4.5%. Increases for businesses with a rateable value of between £101,000 and £200,000 will be capped at 35%. Local firms with a rateable value of over £200,001 will receive no additional local relief but will not pay an inflationary increase of 2% or a small business supplement of 1.3%. These limits are all more generous than the government’s own phasing scheme. It is estimated that 1,960 local businesses will qualify for relief under the scheme. Revised bills will be sent automatically and qualifying businesses will not need to apply for the new business rate relief scheme. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The government’s revaluation of rateable values for businesses means that while some firms will see reduction in their rates bills, others face a sharp rise. “Our new local business rates relief scheme will provide muchneeded support and will focus on smaller and medium-sized businesses that might otherwise face difficulty in paying additional rates.” Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: “Earlier this year, we wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for an urgent and complete overhaul of the ‘broken’ business rates system.

“The current system shackles businesses, discourages growth and is an upfront cost which makes no allowance for a firm’s ability to pay. It discourages improvement of premises and capital investment in plant as the rates are based on the rental value of the property and the plant in it. Although reliefs are available, they are often quite complicated and lack the flexibility needed to encourage upscaling by small margins. “The Government has pledged that by the end of this Parliament local authorities will retain 100% of business rates collected. If they are allowed to reinvest that money according to local need, offering relief as appropriate and setting the rates to attract inward investment, that will be a positive step towards fixing a ‘broken’ system. “That Leicester is taking this current initiative to help firms hit by huge rises resulting from Government revaluation is a good step and we applaud it.” The amount of government funding that Leicester City Council is due to receive from the government will taper off dramatically after the first year of the scheme, with £630,000 allocated for 2018/19, £259,000 agreed for 2019/20, and just £37,000 earmarked for 2020/21. It is anticipated that all qualifying businesses in Leicester will receive their reduced rates bills in midSeptember.

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AS Properties (c/o Agent: Ravi Panesar, RP Design Ltd, 33 Launde Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4HH) – Notification of change of use of the first floor from offices to 4 flats – at 114 Milligan Road, Leicester. Mr D Shah (c/o Agent: Pezhman Ghashghai, HDI Architecture, 32 Clifford Street, Leicester LE3 5RF) – Construction of first extension at side, single and two storey extension at rear to provide ground floor consulting room to dentist and change of use of first and second floors from one flat to 3 flats – at 28 Narborough Road, Leicester. Muhaddis-E-Azzam Mission (c/o Agent: Salahuddin Chughtai, 170 Prestwold Road, Leicester LE5 0EX) – Change of use from storage to community/education centre – at 170 Prestwold Road, Leicester. U.T.B.H. Ltd (c/o: 2 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GA) – Change of use of part of ground and first floor from offices to 3 flats – at 2 De Montfort Street, Leicester. XWR Ltd (c/o Agent: Nicholas Williams, NCW Architecture, 39 Holmdale Road, London NW6 1BJ) – Construction of four storey extension on top of existing single storey side element of Grade II Listed building to provide 11 flats - at Athena, Queen Street, Leicester.

JOHN GERMAN Estate Agents are asking £175,000 for a single building plot at Zion Hill, Peggs Green, Coleorton, Leicestershire LE67 8JP. The 0.28 acre plot lies to the left hand side of California Cottage on the corner of Zion Hill and Tugby’s Lane. Outline Planning Permission was granted on 13th January 2017 by North West Leicestershire District Council under application reference 17/00024/OUT for the erection of a detached dwelling. For more information, contact John German on 01530 412824 or email:

Mr N Godhaniya (c/o Agent: Dinesh Tailor, DT Designs Ltd, 74A Wyvern Avenue, Leicester LE4 7HH) – Change of use of 27 Cantrell Lane from community centre to form enlarged retail use at No.29 Cantrell Road and one self-contained flat on ground floor, and 2 self-contained flats at first and second floors; construction of single storey retail extension at rear plus dormer extension to side and rear – at 27-29 Cantrell Road, Leicester LE3 1SD.

JAMES SELLICKS Estate Agents are offering for sale a developmentDevelopment opportunity with planning consent (ref: opportunity  APP/2011/0719/) for conversion and extension into 5 Glaston Garage apartments. 

The property – Glaston Garage, 2-4 Main Street, Glaston, Rutland LE15 9BP – comprises a former garage on a plot of 0.2 acres. ● Lettings ● Surveys ● Mortgages  The Guide Price is Sales £200,000.  For more information, contact James Sellicks on 01858 410008.

Gani Property Services Ltd (c/o Agent: KPW Architects, 170 Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QA) – Change of use to 17 flats including extensions and alterations – at 2 Yeoman Street, Leicester. Mr Harpreet Phagura (c/o Agent: Ryan Astill, Astill Planning, 13 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RA) – Notification of proposed change of use from storage to 4 flats – at 82A Gipsy Road, Leicester.

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Retail and leisure Disused Coalville building makes units to let in way for new family homes Leicester City A FORMER sheltered Centre housing block in Coalville

Units 1 & 2 I 1-3 Hotel Street Leicester I LE1 5AW

Prominent Retail and Leisure Units

From 76.33m² (822ft²) To 249.68m² (2,688ft²)

has been demolished to make way for new family homes, as part of North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) affordable home building programme.

• Busy location close to the niche retail area of The Lanes and St Martins Shopping Centre • Unit 1 – ground floor sales 822ft² • Unit 2 – ground floor sales 1,866ft² • Suitable for alternative use as restaurant/coffee shop • Rear access yard for loading • Nearby occupiers include Brewdog and Grillstock • Close to Richard III Visitor Centre tourist attraction

FHP Estate Agents are offering TO LET a set of prominent retail and leisure To Let units close to the niche retail area of The Lanes and St Martins Shopping Centre in Leicester. The property - Units 1 & 2, 1-3 Hotel Street, Leicester LE1 5AW - comprises part of a refurbished former banking hall. The units are available to let by way of a new effectively fully repairing and insuring lease. Rents Unit 1 (822 sqft): £22,500 p.a.excl. Unit 2 (1,866 sqft): £35,000 p.a.excl. For more information, contact Mark Bradley at FHP on 0115 908 2104 or email:

Construction company, Robert Woodhead Ltd, began work on the Council’s first council house building programme in a generation earlier this year. To guarantee the development was delivered efficiently, offered social value and was sourced at the best cost, Woodhead was taken on through procurement consortium, EEM Ltd, of which NWLDC is a member. The site in Coalville is one of three developments in the programme, which will see 24 new houses and bungalows built on council-owned land. The site on Verdon Crescent in Coalville will include ten houses and one bungalow, providing muchneeded homes for local families. Woodhead has worked with demolition specialist, Down to Earth Demolition, which has taken charge of the six week programme to safely

demolish the building and clear the site, ready for construction to begin. Councillor Roger Bayliss, Portfolio Holder for Housing at NWLDC said, ‘We are really pleased that clearance of the sites has now been completed, and we are ready to start building in earnest. These new council houses will go some way towards meeting the housing needs of the 700 households on our waiting list.’ As part of Woodhead and EEM

Ltd’s commitment to delivering social value on all its sites, the team has been working with a number of full time construction course students from Stephenson College to help give them hands on experience of a building site, as well as the benefit of the site team’s experience, as they continue to work through their training. The group visited during the demolition to find out more about that side of the construction industry.

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Mr Ravi Modhwadia (c/o: 228-230 Melton Road, Leicester LE4 7PG) – Change of use of ground floor shop with living accommodation above to 5 flats plus construction of single storey extension at rear and dormer extensions at front and rear – at 228-230 Melton Road, Leicester LE4 7PG.


Jelson Homes Ltd pledges to support the Armed Forces Community

Hinckley & Bosworth Mr Trye (c/o Agent: Paul Roberts, Architects LE1, 38 Nelson Street, Leicester LE1 7BA) – Demolition of existing factory and the erection of 12 flats – at 1 Trinity Vicarage Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 0BU. Orbit Group Ltd (c/o Agent: Simon Atha, Cerda Planning Ltd, Vesey House, 5-7 High Street, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B72 1XH) – Erection of 60 dwellings including engineering infill operationand associated works – at The Big Pit, Land to the rear of 44-78 Ashby Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1SN. Mr & Mrs J Everson-Crane (c/o Agent: Mathew Humby, Ritchie & Ritchie LLP, The Manor House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth B79 7QF) – Internal alterations to form 2 dwellings and the erection of rear extensions – at Pool House Cottage, Newtown Linford Lane, Groby, Leicester LE6 0FR.

Melton Mowbray Mr Norman Vines (c/o Agent: Beverley Wood/Maurice Fairhurst, Fairhurst Consultancy, 41 Wartnaby Road, Ab Kettleby, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 3JJ) – Demolition of existing brick and timber buildings and construction of 9 dwellings with associated accesses, parking, gardens and landscaping – at Springfield House, 1 Tilton Road, Twyford, Leics. LE14 2HZ. Mr Tim Spencer (c/o Agent: Hayward McMullan Architects Ltd, 2 Gloucester Crescent, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0AQ) – Proposal for 2 dormer dwellings to the rear of 50 Welby Lane, Melton Mowbray, Leics. Mr Mark Greaves (c/o Agent: Mrs Jennifer Wallis, Jennifer Wallis Planning Ltd, 23 Butlers Field, Langar, Notts. NG13 9HS) – Outline application for the erection of 3 dwellings – at land off Middle Lane, Nether Broughton, Leics.

A LEICESTERSHIRE based developer has cemented its support for Service personnel and their families by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Jelson Homes Ltd has been in the construction industry for over 125 years and has already seen the benefits of employing those that have received military training. It strengthened its pledge to support the Armed Forces community by signing the Covenant at its headquarters on Loughborough Road in Leicester recently. Group Managing Director Robert Jelley signed on behalf of the company alongside Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Parker of 158 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise to ensure past and present Armed Forces personnel and their families are treated fairly. Jelson Homes Ltd currently employs a member of the Reserve Forces and they have also taken on a number of service leavers. Staff have been impressed by the skills, attributes and attitudes they have brought to the business. James Jelley, Jelson Homes Ltd Operations Director, said: “Jelson Homes Ltd are honoured to support the armed forces and pledge to the covenant. “We appreciate the vast range of activities and deployments that the armed forces undertake in order to serve our country and we are happy to support them. “As an organisation we have seen first-hand how disciplined an individual responds within the construction industry. This is one of many reasons we are signing the covenant.” John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “We’re delighted that Jelson Homes Ltd has chosen to strengthen their support for the Armed Forces community. “The company has experienced first-hand how it can benefit from the training undertaken by service personnel and hopefully that will continue in the future.”

Wilford land for auction SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a freehold parcel of land situated at 8 Holly Avenue, Wilford, Nottingham NG11 7AF. Although the land does not have planning permission, the auctioneers have been informed that there is a covenant stating that the land would only allow one single residential dwelling to be built. This would be ideal for a 4/5 bedroomed executive family home, subject to the necessary planning consents. For sale BY AUCTION on Thursday 7th September 2017 at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE at 11.30am. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact SDL Auctions on 0115 958 8702 or visit

Land sale will bring new post office to The Exchange LEICESTER City Council is set to sell a half-acre plot of land in Eyres Monsell to a local developer to support the creation of a new post office. The city council is proposing to sell the land at The Exchange to Invonex Properties Ltd, which is due to build a new health centre on Sturdee Road as part of the redevelopment of the local shopping area. The sale of land will enable the developer to build a new post office on a site adjoining the health centre, and increase the amount of car parking available to visitors. The purchase price is not being disclosed at this time, while the contracts of sale are going through. The final agreed amount will reflect market value for the land. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This sale of land will enable a local developer, which is to build a new health centre on this site, to provide additional and important facilities for the local community. “It will also provide the opportunity to increase the amount of parking available at the health centre and provide a significant boost to the regeneration of The Exchange.” Deputy City Mayor and local ward councillor Rory Palmer added: “This is good news for Eyres Monsell. It was important that a post office featured in the future of The Exchange and this land sale will help make sure that happens.” The land set to be sold takes in part the former site of the demolished block of The Exchange and adjoining areas. Invonx has agreed to operate the existing post office at The Exchange, which was due to close in August, until the new facility is built.

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Leicester City

Consultation to begin on Local Plan PEOPLE are being given a chance to have their say on how planning and development takes place across Leicester over the coming decade. Leicester City Council is launching a 12-week public consultation into its latest Local Plan, which will guide its planning policies and land use up until 2031. Opening the consultation is the very first stage of the process which is expected to last about 18 months. Views given will be used to form the first draft Local Plan, which will then go out for further public consultation. The council has to draw up Local Plans every few years, to set out how it will adapt to ongoing changes such as population growth, the need to provide new jobs, houses and schools, and other infrastructure needed to support a thriving, growing city. It will look at subjects including where and when new housing should be built, including social housing and accommodation for students. It will also examine employment needs, including encouraging investment, creating new jobs and use of existing employment land. The Local Plan will also explore the city’s transport needs, such as future transport options, tackling congestion and improving air quality. The greater Leicester urban area is one of the fastest growing in the country, with a population of about 650,000, of which 350,000 live within the city council area. Any piece of land over half a hectare – just less than the size of a football pitch – will be included for consideration in the local plan. People can also suggest areas of land which aren’t included, but which they’d like to see redeveloped. No firm decisions have yet been made about developing any sites, so it is important for people to get involved and share their views on how land should be used in the future. The consultation on the Local Plan was launched on Wednesday, July 26, and will run until Tuesday, October 31. People will be able to take part online on the Citizen Space website, at www.consultations.


Reaction to IHS Markit/ CIPS UK Construction PMI THE VINDEN Partnership says continuing pressure on the sector effects slowdown in growth.

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI figures have been released, showing that the construction market is continuing to slowdown. Output once again fell from 54.8 in June to 51.9 in July, the weakest performance for construction since August 2016. Construction companies point once again to delays in decision making by clients and intense supply chain pressures with prices on materials also continuing to increase. Confidence that the industry can rebound has taken a hit, with commercial activity seeing the lowest rates and a loss of momentum in house building. Residential activity is still the best performing sector even with the lowest rise in three months. Good news can be seen in the civil engineering sector, however, with the only upturn in output growth. Martin Bennett, a Regional Director at The Vinden Partnership – a leading multi-disciplinary consultant company to the built environment, said: “The industry is still lacking in confidence that it can rebound,

with uncertainties over the political situation and a weak pound contributing to the effect. “The continued downturn is reflected with a lack of client confidence and this is the lowest growth in nearly one year. “The increase in cost of products effects the whole supply chain and concerns over skilled workers still remains. “Although the residential sector has slowed, government impetus should drive this back up and recent moves in infrastructure development are obviously reflected by the upturn for civil engineering. “The results are expected following the uncertain political climate and as the government aligns its Brexit strategy.” If you would like to read more articles like this then please click here UK Construction Media is a leading publishing and marketing services business focused on the construction industry. Based on 20 years of experience within this sector, the business has unrivalled experience with a range of products which target the development of new opportunities and increased business for our clients.

Long Whatton site for 4 dwellings MATHER JAMIE are offering for sale a residential development opportunity at Smith Lane/Main Street, Long Whatton, Leicestershire. The opportunity comprises a 0.42 acre site with Outline Planning Permission for demolition of an existing bungalow and outbuilding and the erection of up to 4 dwellings with access, parking and landscaping. The property, EXCLUDING the bungalow, can be viewed at any time during daylight hours. Prospective purchasers wishing to view the bungalow and garden must contact Mather Jamie to arrange a viewing. The Guide Price is £600,000. For more information, contact Mather Jamie on 01509 233433 or email:

Harborough District Cliffe Investments Ltd (c/o Agent: Pegasus Planning Group, 4 The Courtyard, Church Street, Lockington, Derbyshire DE74 2SL) – Erection of 6 dwellings with garaging, parking, landscaping and associated works – at land at Vicarage Drive, Foxton, Leics. CJC Development Co Ltd & The Pilkington Trust (c/o Agent: BM3 Architecture Ltd, 28 Pickford Street, Birmingham B5 5QH) – Outline application for the erection of up to 57 dwellings – at land off Angell Drive, Market Harborough, Leics. Mr & Mrs N Hall (c/o Agent: Fowler Architecture & Planning Ltd, 19 High Street, Pewsey SN9 5AF) – Demolition of existing farmhouse and erection of replacement dwelling; conversion of former manor house/hall to residential ancillary accommodation; conversion and erection of single storey side exdtension to farm office/barn to form single dwellinghouse; demolition of agricultural buildings and structures and erection of 8 dwellings with associated access, parking and landscaping – at Knaptoft Hall Farm, Welford Road, Knaptoft, Leics. LE17 6PA. Davidsons Developments Ltd & The Leicester Diocesan Board of Finance (c/o Agent: Andrew Granger & Company, Phoenix House, 52 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7AF) – Outline application for residential development of up to 42 dwellings with associated access, public open space, car parking, landscaping and drainage – at land at Ullesthorpe Road, Gilmorton, Leics. Hemingsley Homes (c/o: 38 Oaks Road, Great Glen, Leicester LE8 9EG) – Outline application for 3 dwellings – at land rear of Kings Orchard, Scotland Lane, Burton Overy, Leics. Mr & Mrs A Faulkner (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd, The Old Dairy, Mill Street, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1WN) – Demolition of existing outbuildings and erection of new building forming 6 letting rooms, new store building and associated landscaping/car parking – at The Shires, Main Street, Peatling Parva, Leics. LE17 5PU.

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Builders’ Problems SOLVED

A cosy relationship or a contract? Problem: I have

been working on a large building site for the past 6 months as a contractor. The site has been split into 5 phases, and I have almost finished phase 2, and have submitted my tender for the next 3 phases. I have done a few small jobs on phase 3 which I have been paid for at my tendered rates. I have spoken to the contracts manager about a written contract for the remainder of phase 3 and phases 4 and 5, and he replied: “Just crack on with it”. But I have my reservations about doing this without a contract or at least a letter of intent. I have had no problem with payment in the past from this company, and don’t expect any problems in the future. I would like some advice about how to tackle the situation, as I do not want to upset what has so far been a good working relationship, and where I stand health and safety wise working on a phase of the site that I have no contract for. Thanks in advance for your help.



Hello Malcolm. Although I understand that you do not wish to upset a good client that has, no doubt, provided a good source of income, it is vital that you ensure you have a written contract in place before you start your next phases. What you are essentially doing when you record the agreement in writing with your client, is taking out insurance on the contract. No matter how big or small a construction project may be, the majority of contracts, once signed, will be stored and never the see the light of day again. However, when there is a dispute, the second thing that a company will do (the first being to instruct its lawyers!), is to open the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet and take out the contract that has been laying there since the start of the project. As regards so-called letters of intent, I am definitely not a fan! A true letter of intent only expresses a party’s intention to enter into a contract at a future date. Yet the amount of letters I have seen that are headed ‘Letter of Intent’, which are in fact binding agreements. I understand that on some projects, there is a need to start the works very quickly, meaning that a contractor needs to be appointed on at least the works that are at the early stages of the programme, and where this happens, a combined Early Engagement Letter and Letter of Intent can be drafted which allows a contractor to commence part of the works under a contract, whilst waiting for the main works contract to be drafted out. Regarding health and safety, although no doubt this will form part of your written contract, there will still be strict requirements that you will need to observe, which are implemented by statute, for example the CDM Regulations 2015. As an employer you will have duties that are also governed by statute, for example to provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to enable your operatives to carry out their work in a safe manner. Even self-employed persons have duties under the law in relation to their own health and safety and ensure that their work does not put others at risk. © Michael P. Gerard September 2017 The advice provided is intended to be of a general guide only and should not be viewed as providing a definitive legal analysis.

Michael P. Gerard

Author background Michael is a Solicitor, Chartered Builder, Registered Construction Adjudicator & Accredited Expert in quantum and planning matters. He is Managing Director of Michael Gerard & Co., and a Partner at Cato Solicitors.

Local commercial valuers add decades of experience to their valuation team A HIGHLY experienced and well regarded local surveyor has joined expanding Leicestershire Chartered Surveyors Mather Jamie as a specialist valuation consultant. Peter Hotchin, a former Director of Innes England and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who has worked in the Leicestershire industrial and commercial property market for more than 40 years, has been taken on by Mather Jamie as a Consultant Valuation Surveyor. He has provided extensive valuation advice to major banks for secured lending purposes, and to private clients, including universities and other major employers, for development appraisals, taxation, accounts and other services. He also advises on landlord and tenant matters, particularly in the retail, office and industrial sectors. Peter who lives in Leicester, said, “I have spent my entire career in Leicestershire and have built up a substantial knowledge of the local market, including a wealth of

essential key contacts and useful associates around the city and county. “Mather Jamie is a highly regarded company in the East Midlands that has made a real name for itself in the quarter century since it was established, and is looking to branch out still further, and I am looking forward to bringing my skills to bear as part of its plans for future growth.” Alex Reid, Director at Mather Jamie said, “We’re delighted to welcome Peter to our growing

ADDING VALUE: Consultant Valuation Surveyor Peter Hotchin, left, is welcomed to Mather Jamie by Director Alex Reid team, for his enviable expertise in valuations and professional credentials, and for his formidable reputation in the commercial property sector. Adding Peter to our valuation team takes our combined experience in the area to over 100 years!

“Peter has worked on a wide variety of property as a valuation specialist, and as we look to expand our business more into this area, his considerable knowledge, skills and insight will be of enormous benefit to Mather Jamie.”

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Breakers Yardfor sale the offering Land at Barrows Lane, Glenfield, Leicester Breakers Yard at Barrows LE3 8DG

Lane, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8DG.

Location The subject site is situated on the north western fringe of the village of Glenfield which, itself, is a major residential area some 5 miles north west of Leicester City Centre. The site is approached from Main Street, one of the main thoroughfares through Glenfield, via Barrow Lane, which is a publicly maintained highway up to a point immediately to the north of the subject site. The site is conveniently located for access to the M1 motorway and A46 trunk road approximately 1½ miles to south west and also the A50 trunk road a similar distance to the north.

From digital mapping, we calculate a total site area of 0.435 hectares (1.074 acres). The adjusted this site area to reflect the restricted area along the southern boundary and effective usable site area is 0.385 hectares (0.95 acres). Further details on request.

The site is boarded by a brook southern boundary, Barrow Lane western boundary and a public foot the line of a dismantled railway northern boundary

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Tenure The property is available either to let on a suite by suite basis or as a freehold in its entirety.

Description The site comprises a trapezoid shaped level site with predominantly concrete and hardcore surfacing. The perimeter of the usable site is boarded by a steel palisade fence along the road frontage and trees/hedgerows to the other boundaries. There is a small area of embankment between the hedgerow line and the bank to the brook on the southern boundary.

Leasehold: £25,000 pax for a term of years to be agreed.

The 1.074 acre site is enclosed by a steel palisade fence along the road frontage and trees/hedgerows to the other boundaries. . The agents understand the property has an established use as a scrap yard under Sui Generis. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries with the local planning authority. 0116 255 5455 For sale at £250,000. For more information, contact Jenny Clarke at Innes England on 0116 255 5455 or email: jclarke@ 1 OF 2

Planning We understand the property has an established use as a scrap yard under Sui Generis. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries with the local planning authority.

Freehold: £250,000

Value added tax All sums quoted exclusive of VAT if applicable.

Ms Bailey (c/o Agent: Pegasus Group, 4 The Courtyard, Church Street, Lockington, Derby DE74 2SL) – Outline application for the demolition of garden centre buildings and erection of up to 8 dwellings (Revised scheme) – at Garden Centre adjacent to 80 Dunton Road, Broughton Astley, Leics. LE9 6NA.

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MIDLANDS ESTATE agents Newton Fallowell and Goodchilds have launched a new partnership with SDL Auctions to help sell more properties.

L-R: David Spackman, Franchise Director, Louise Jeffries, Director of Business Development SDL Auctions, Mark Newton, Managing Director

This means Newton Fallowell and Goodchilds can now offer clients the opportunity to sell their properties at a live or online auction, while continuing to market them locally in the traditional way. Mark Newton, of Newton Fallowell and Goodchilds, said: “This new partnership means we are utilising all methods of sale, reaching more potential buyers and driving the best possible price within a fixed time frame. “As a franchise business, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can bring added value to our franchisees with market leading products, and it is hoped that this offering will help generate more income across our network. “This service, which also extends to the sale of tenanted

properties, land and development opportunities, and commercial properties, provides an enhanced sales package that maximises opportunities to sell. “This partnership means that we’re not like many estate agents who only sell property in one way – we listen to our vendors’ circumstances and offer the best advice for them and their property.” Louise Jefferies, business development director at SDL Auctions, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Newton Fallowell and Goodchilds into our growing network of estate agent partners. “SDL Auctions offer an impressive and proven way of selling properties in the quickest and most efficient way across the UK.”

Mr & Mrs Allen Freeman (c/o Agent: Ross Thain Architects, 20 Belton Street, Stamford PE9 2EF) – Erection of 7 new holiday chalets – at Country Lodge Cafe & Bar, 5 Glaston Road, Morcott, Oakham, Rutland LE15 9DL. Hazelton Homes (Midlands) Ltd (c/o Agent: Kevin Twigger, KRT Associates Ltd, Rushall House, School Road, Brewood ST19 9DS) – Demolition of redundant farm buildings and change of use from agricultural to residential, erection of 4 new dwellings as a courtyard development – at Manor Farm, Station Road, Whissendine, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7HG. Marbrook Care & Larkfleet Homes Ltd (c/o Agent: Condy & Lofthouse Ltd, 17 Connect Business Village, 24 Derby Road, Liverpool L5 9PR) – Reserved matters for the construction of Continuing Care Retirement Community & Care Home comprising 54 assisted living units and a 60-bed care home – at land at Maresfield Road, Barleythorpe, Rutland.

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Tougher times as UK construction sector slows, says FMB

NW Leics. District Gresley Football Club (c/o Agent: John Jowitt, PJ Planning, Regent House, 156-7 Lower High Street, Stourbridge DY8 1TS) – Formation of new full size football pitch, erection of clubhouse and stand with associated floodlighting and formation of car parking – at land west of Main Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derby DE11 8HE. Mr S Anderson (c/o Agent: Housemartin Designs, The Carthouse, Charnells Court, Main Street, Swepstone, Coalville, Leics. LE67 2SG) – Erection of 4 detached two-storey dwellings with ancillary garages and demolition of the existing outbuildings – at land at Mill Lane, Heather, Leics.

COMMENTING on the latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI data published this morning, Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said: “These figures represent the weakest monthly performance in the UK construction industry for almost one year. “Construction companies are suffering from ever-increasing costs and this is starting to act as a drag on growth. More specifically, the increase in construction material prices and higher wages and salaries due to the construction skills shortages will no doubt have contributed to these disappointing results. “The commercial sector in particular fell at its fastest pace for 12 months but we also saw a loss of pace among house builders. However, although the construction sector is growing at a slower pace, it is still growing and therefore there is no reason to panic.”

Site for 22 dwellings in North Kilworth

Auctions September Wednesday 6th September 2017 - SDL BIGWOOD - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www. Thursday 7th September 2017 - COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email: Thursday 7th September 2017 - SDL GRAHAM PENNY - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start - www.

KING WEST are offering for sale an outstanding greenfield residential development opportunity comprising a site of 2.97 acres with a resolution to grant Outline Planning Permission for 22 dwellings.

Thursday 21st September 2017 - SDL GRAHAM PENNY - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start - www.

The site – off South Kilworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire – has been used as agricultural land and for equestrian purposes. Harborough District Council has resolved to grant Outline Planning Permission for 22 dwellings (ref: 16/01904/OUT) subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement. For more information, contact King West on 01858 435970 or email:

Thursday 21st September 2017 - SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080

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Lychgate Homes Ltd (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd, The Old Dairy, Mill Street, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1WN) – Conversion of existing hospital to a B1 business use (including A2 use) along with alterations, access and landscaping – at Ashby and District Hospital, Leicester Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. Mr John O’Dwyer (c/o: Coalville Tyre & Exhaust Ltd, 206 Central Road, Hugglescote, Coalville, Leics. LE67 2FG) – Demolition of existing buildings and erection of steel framed building for MOT test centre including alterations to boundary treatment – at 2A North Avenue, Coalville, Leics. LE67 3QX.


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Miller Homes acquired by private equity group for £655m Oadby & Wigston Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Jennifer Towers, Bloor Homes Ltd, Unit 7, Calico Business Park, Sandy Way, Tamworth B77 4BF) – Development of land for up to 150 dwellings and associated infrastructure – at land at Cottage Farm, Glen Road, Oadby, Leicester. Mr I M Sheikh (c/o Agent: D Tailor, DT Designs Ltd, 74A Wyvern Avenue, Leicester LE4 7HH) – Proposed change of use from dwellinghouse to 2 self-contained flats, including the erection of a single storey extension (Resubmission) – at 126 Aylestone Lane, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1BA. Mr P O’Conner (c/o Agent: A Bexon, 83 Granville Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1JQ) – Change of use of an old office part of the building to 2 residential flats – at Premier Works, Canal Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4PL. Mr D Kotak (c/o Agent: J Burke, Future Design Consulting Ltd, 42 Woodland Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1JG) – Erection of two extensions to existing industrial units to provide increased storage and warehousing facilities – at 3 Chartwell Drive, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2FL. Mrs S Vali (c/o Agent: M T Malik, Malik Enterprises, 30 Carlton Drive, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1DF) – Single storey side extensions for lounge and dining area to create 2 additional bedrooms for care home – at Apple House, 16-22 Bushloe End, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2BA.

MILLER HOMES, which has offices in East Midlands, and is reputed to be one of the largest privately owned housebuilders in the UK  is to be acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint in a transaction totalling £655 million, from funds managed by GSO Capital Partners. Established in 1934 and the largest privately-owned housebuilder in the UK, Miller Homes has a strong regional footprint through three divisions (Midlands & South, North, and Scotland) and a reputation for delivering quality, family homes in desirable and high demand locations   The company focuses on sustainable developments on the edge of urban or suburban areas, typically within 45 minutes of the nearest largest town or city and is recognised for providing outstanding levels of customer service. In 2016, the company completed a total of 2,380 homes. For the year

to 31 December 2016, the company reported a 13% increase in revenue to £565m and a 31% increase in operating profit to £103m. Commenting on the acquisition by Bridgepoint, Miller Homes Chief Executive Chris Endsor said: “2016 was an outstanding year for Miller Homes delivering operating profit in excess of £100m for the first time and outperforming on all key financial metrics for the fifth consecutive year. We fully expect 2017 to continue that upward trend. “GSO have been a great supporter of our business and I look forward to welcoming Bridgepoint as our new shareholder as we undertake our next phase of growth, in an ongoing favourable macro-economic climate for UK housebuilding.” Jamie Wyatt, partner at Bridgepoint, said: “The UK regional markets in which Miller operates are in good health with a positive sales environment and an attractive land buying market. Miller’s strategic position within those

markets combined with its historic robust financial performance position it well to address future growth in the UK new build housing market where demand currently outstrips supply.” The UK new build housing market is a £35 billion market and with an acknowledged long-term structural shortage of new housing, it is estimated that the UK needs c.1 million additional new homes. The investment in Miller Homes was made by Bridgepoint Europe V, Advisers involved were: • For Bridgepoint – Moelis (financial adviser), KPMG (financial DD/tax), Travers Smith (legal), Linklaters (legal), Savills (property DD), Marsh (insurance). • For Miller Homes – Rothschild (financial adviser), KPMG (financial DD/tax), DLA (legal), JLL (property DD). • For GSO Capital – White & Case (legal) • For Management – Jamieson Corporate Finance

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Kier Property Development Ltd (c/o Agent: S Salt, ID Planning, 7th Floor, The Balance, 2 Pinfold Street, Sheffield S1 2GU) – Demolition of existing buildings and erection of proposed food store, mixed warehouse/retail unit, mobile catering unit in car park, amendments to access, car parking and landscaping –at Former Premier Drum Site, Factory Site, Blaby Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4DF. Mrs H Neal (c/o Agent: J Cooke, The Art of Building Ltd, 45 Maplewell Road, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, Leics. LE12 8RG) – Proposed change of use of shop on ground and first floor to shop on ground floor only with 2 self-contained flats at first and second floor – at 46 Long Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2AH.


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Blaby District Mr A Murray (c/o: Andrew Granger & Co, Phoenix House, 52 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7AF) – Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion relating to proposed residential development for up to 180 dwellings – at land at Kingstand Farm, Hinckley Road, Leicester Forest East, Leicester LE3 3LR.

ASTILL Planning Consultants Ltd are looking forward to welcoming their new graduate appointment Alexander Prowse to their consultancy full-time. Alexander, who recently graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MPlan in Urban Studies in Planning, and a Royal Town Planning Institute award for the best performance at Level 4 of the MPlan overall, first came to work for Astill Planning as part of his course’s work experience programme last year. Since then he has worked at the practice on a part time basis. Ryan Astill Managing Director of Astill Planning Consultants Ltd said of the appointment “Alex is a bright, enthusiastic and hardworking professional. We are looking forward to working with him full-time on the diverse range of projects we are currently have on our books.”

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Mr A Davies (c/o Agent: Nigel Conner, STOAS Architects, Unit 216, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FD) – Demolition of existing garages and the erection of 3 three-bed dwellings – at land adjacent to 95 Brookes Avenue, Croft, Leics. LE9 3GL. Mr I Laughton (c/o Agent: HSSP Architects, Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0PB) – Erection of new sports pavilion, including provision of new petanque pitch, works to play area and extension to existing car and cycle park and associated lighting – at Pavilion, Shakespeare Park, Avon Road, Braunstone, Leicester. Mr B Lynch (c/o Agent: Brian Dearlove Partnership, Unit D, Edward House, Grange Business Park, Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester LE8 6EP) – Erection of 3 detached dwellings with vehicular access from Gullet Lane – at 3 Gullet Lane, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE9 2BL.

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Highways England promises works packages that will drive housing developments in the East Midlands HIGHWAYS England has announced works packages that will drive housing developments in the East Midlands and the Southeast, worth a total of £45.5m and are expected to lead to the creation of nearly 10,000 homes. The government agency is providing £19.9m from its £100m Growth and Housing Fund, with the balance coming from private sector developers and other public funding. Two of the three schemes are in East Midlands, the first in Anstey Lane (A46 / A560), facilitating up to 2,378 homes – where contributions comprise £5m from the Growth and Housing Fund and a further £2.8m from private developers. The second scheme is the M1 junction 23, enabling up to 4,000 homes, which will again see £5m from the Growth and Housing Fund, with a further £10m private funding and £3.2m coming from a local growth fund. Both schemes will be delivered by Leicestershire County Council and the LLEP. Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “These schemes will unlock thousands of jobs, as well as providing vital housing and junction upgrades.”

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SDL Graham Penny sets new record for a Leicester auction SDL AUCTIONS Graham Penny set a new record for an auction held in Leicester when the latest auction raised more than £3.4m.

When the hammer fell on the last lot at the King Power Stadium on Thursday 10 August, the result saw 25 of 27 lots sold. Andrew Parker, managing director and auctioneer, said: “The auction was incredibly successful. It was the busiest Leicester auction room we have had so far this year and we raised the most we have ever raised at an auction in the city.” Bidding was strong throughout the auction but it seems as though some buyers saved their firepower for the last two lots. The penultimate lot, 86 St Bernards Road, Whitwick, Coalville, raised £120,000 from a *guide price of £75,000. And there was also fierce

Bellway Homes Ltd East Midlands (c/o: Simon Harrison, 3 Romulus Court, Meridian East Business Park, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE16 1YG) – Proposed residential development of 29 dwellings and associated landscaping and infrastructure with access from Station Road (Reserved Matters) – at land off Station Road, Stoney Stanton, Leics.

competition for the final lot, 23 Fairfield Road, Oadby, (pictured above) which saw the hammer fall at £225,000 from a guide price of £170,000. Commercial lots also performed well with a mixed-use freehold property at 34 and 34a St Peters Road in the Highfields area selling for £495,000 from a guide price of £450,000. The property included a 2,000 sq ft ground floor shop and a six bedroomed, first floor flat. Andrew Parker said: “The result of our latest Leicester auction shows

that investor confidence is high in the East Midlands. “We are confident our next Leicester auction, on Friday 6 October, will see us building on these results and we would urge anyone wishing to take advantage of the strong market to contact us immediately.” SDL Auctions Graham Penny is inviting entries for 6 October, and anyone looking to sell their property can request a free auction appraisal by calling 0116 254 9654, emailing or visiting

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Davidsons Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: Bidwells, John Ormond House, 899 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3XJ) – Erection of 2 detached dwellings with associated access from Station Road (Revised Scheme) – at land off Station Road, Elmesthorpe, Leics. LE9 7SG.

Charnwood Solus Homes Rothley (c/o Agent: HSSP Architects Limited) – Proposed construction of 6 flats with associated access, parking, landscaping and groundworks following demolition of existing building – at 23 Fowke Street, Rothley, Leicester LE7 7PJ.

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Haseley Knob, Warwick Guide Price: £475,000 A well located development site with outline planning permission for 6 units • Approximately 0.98 acres • 10,400 sq ft total GIA • Potential for higher density (STP) • Thriving village with facilities • 4 miles to M42 • Family attractions on the doorstep

Moira, Leicestershire Guide Price: £600,000

An exciting redevelopment site for nine dwellings with canal frontage • Former factory/ warehouse site • Delightful aspects to front and side elevations • Outline planning permission for 3 detached and 6 semi-detached houses • Conveniently placed for Midlands motorway network • Many country pursuits nearby

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Rugby, Warwickshire Price on application

A freehold residential development site with Outline Planning • Gross area 1.22 acres (0.495 hectares) or thereabouts • Consent for 14 dwellings • 1,276.74 sq m (13,742 sq ft) • Close to local amenities, primary and secondary schools • Walking distance to town centre • For further details, contact Jeff Paybody at our RUGBY office on 01788 564680 or email:

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Mr Jamie Butler (c/o Agent: Mark Architecture Ltd) – Proposed change of use of existing offices to create self-contained first and second floor two-bed flats whilst maintaining ground floor offices use – at 95 Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3AB. Brackley Property Developments & Travis Perkins plc (c/o Agent: Stephen George & Partners) – Erection of terrace of commercial buildings for storage and distribution purposes/trade counter purposes – at Clarence Street, Loughborough, Leics. Barwood Development Securities Ltd (c/o Agent: iPlan Solutions Ltd) – Outline application for up to 170 dwellings with associated open space, landscaping, extension to cemetery, new allotments, access, surface water attenuation and associated works including demolition of 94 Ratcliffe Road and conversion of existing farm buildings – at Peashill Farm, Ratcliffe Road, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7QB. David Wilson Homes East Midlands (c/o Agent: Bidwells) – Site for residential development of up to 175 dwellings with associated works – at land off Westfield Lane, Rothley, Leicester. Mr H Sundavadra (c/o Agent: Trigpoint Conservation & Planning) – Conversion and alterations of vacant commercial building to form 9 flats – at 39-40 Baxter Gate, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 1TQ.


Outstanding annual results for Leicestershire housebuilder Westleigh ONE OF THE UK’s fastest-growing housing developers has announced a turnover increase of more than 35% in its annual results. Westleigh Partnerships, which specialises in building affordable homes for housing associations and local authorities, as well as high quality new homes for the local market, turned over £128.6m in the year to March 31 2017, up from £95.1m the previous year. Profit before tax jumped by more than 75%, up to £10.9m from £6.1m. The firm also announced a sizeable increase in its land reserves, with work in progress up by more than half on the 2016 results. The rapid growth came in the year that Westleigh received a £21m investment from Palatine Private Equity for a significant minority stake. The firm has also opened up new offices in the West Midlands and Yorkshire over the past financial year and is actively looking to expand existing operations outside of its East Midlands base. Westleigh’s permanent workforce grew to over 400 creating 89 new jobs in the process. Several non-financial targets outlined in the end-of-year report’s KPIs were also hit, including retaining Investors in People Gold Status for the seventh successive year and the extension of the company’s apprenticeship scheme now employing 51 apprentices. The firm also won two awards at the Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards earlier in 2017 and has renewed its commitment to championing the scheme, which aims to change public perceptions of the construction industry by encouraging inclusion and diversity, good site practice and community engagement. Ian Jones, Managing Director at Westleigh, said: “It’s been another fantastic year for us, a year in which we have been able to capitalise on

the fresh investment we received to give the business a real impetus, with a view to further expansion in the years ahead. “We have developed a niche for identifying sites suitable for affordable development and delivering projects in conjunction with registered providers of affordable housing. Demand for that service has been steadily growing and will only continue to do so. “There is a consensus across the political spectrum that the Midlands and Yorkshire, among other regions, are in urgent need of more affordable housing. We are in a strong position, with our business model and expertise, to help with the resolution of that shortfall. “We also have a successful and growing division building new homes for private sale, which forms an important part of our strategy

going forward.” Richard Thomas, Palatine’s Midlands Investment Director, said: “Westleigh has had an excellent year, as to achieve a rise in profits of over 30% in a year is obviously a superb achievement. “The business is now operating across the wider Midlands and has seen excellent growth in South Yorkshire, all contributing to a strong build programme over the coming years. “Outside of the financials, Westleigh has continued to build on its employee engagement, apprenticeship scheme and social responsibility, all of which are very important to Palatine and are demonstrated by the awards Westleigh has won. “We continue to support the business with its growth plans and look forward to what should be another successful year”.

Cosby plot for a detached barn-style dwelling JAMES SELLICKS Estate Agents are offering for sale a halfacre building plot with planning permission (ref: 16/1104/ FUL) for a detached barn-style dwelling with a double garage. The land – Plot 1, Shuttleworth Lane, Cosby, Leicestershire LE9 1RF – measures 21.5 metres wide by 105 metres deep and has a total approximate area of 0.55 acres. The Guide Price is £375,000. For more information, contact James Sellicks on 01858 410008.

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Miss Louise Wells – Erection of 50 dwellings with associated garaging, parking and infrastructure – at land to the south of Bramcote Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2SA. Solus Homes Rothley (c/o Agent: HSSP Architects Ltd) – Rebuilding of 6 apartments (part revised scheme) – at 77 Byron Street Extension, Loughborough, Leics. Loughborough University (c/o Agent: Church Lukas) – Erection of student accommodation to provide 617 bed spaces, Elite Athletes Centre, a central ‘Hub’ building, warden’s house, landscaping provision, access, infrastructure and the demolition of 10 existing buildings within the site – at Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3TU. Parkers Property (c/o Agent: Newline Midlands Ltd) – Demolition of Methodist Hall (Prior notification) – 718 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8BD. Student Beehive (c/o Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd) – Change of use from hotel to student halls of residence – at 55-57 Forest Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3NW. Mrs Lisa Sbitany (c/o Agent: Nigel Dutton) – Site for the erection of 4 apartments and associated car parking (Reserved matters) – at 55 Garendon Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 4QB.

Rugby Borough Mr Daniel Watson (c/o: Unnamed Agent, 3 Alpha House, Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth, Warks. CV8 2ED) – Erection of 4 dwellings on site of former railway goods yard – at land adjacent to 1 Station Cottages, Station Road, Broadwell, Rugby, Warks. CV23 8FZ.


Housebuilders fund woodland donation to house 10,000 trees in National Forest A FINANCIAL contribution by Bellway and Ashberry Homes to the National Forest Company will ensure that more than 10,000 trees will be planted to the east of Ashby de la Zouch. The contribution forms part of the planning agreements for Bellway’s Ashtree Gardens development and Ashberry Homes’ Broadleaf developments, which sit on land between Burton Road and Moira Road on the outskirts of the town. Between them, the developers will donate more than £26,000 to purchase a piece of land to create woodland and other habitats within The National Forest . The new 8ha woodland to the east of Ashby de la Zouch will become home to thousands of trees, bringing ecological benefits to the area. Stephen Rose, Sales Director for Bellway, said: “Over the past 25 years the National Forest has changed the face of the Midlands, providing a new landscape across 200 square miles. “We are pleased to be able to play a part in supporting its continuous development, in addition to delivering homes in Ashby. The new woodland will help to provide beautiful surroundings for our new residents at Ashtree Gardens and for everyone in Ashby de la Zouch.” Gary Mills, Managing Director for Ashberry Homes, said: “The backdrop of the National Forest is one of the many reasons why Ashby de la Zouch is a popular place to live. The investment agreed in the planning process will help to ensure people in the area continue to benefit from expanding woodland areas. Bellway Sales Advisor Sue Holdback “More than 10,000 trees will be planted on the land, which and Ashberry Homes Sales Advisor will be designed to connect public rights of way, provide a Karen Davies in Ashby de la Zouch. The sustainable environment and engage the local community.” developers will donate land for a new The National Forest was established in the 1990s to help wooded area where 10,000 trees will be restore the landscape of the Midlands and bring ecological planted and economic benefits to the area. Since then, the 200 square miles of The National Forest have been transformed through the planting of eight-and-a-half million trees, the creation of woodlands and many other valuable habitats.

New appointment at Wells McFarlane THE COMMERCIAL surveying team at awardwinning property consultancy, Wells McFarlane has been strengthened with the appointment of a new property administrator. Tina Hall joins the Lutterworth-based firm to provide administrative and marketing support for the commercial surveying team. With a background in estates and project and office management, Tina joins Wells McFarlane following two years with GV Multimedia and seven years at the head office of travel company, TUI-UK. “I wanted the opportunity to work within a really focused, professional team that could offer me a more diverse range of work,” explains Tina. “I’m from Coventry, so knew of Wells McFarlane as one of the leading agents in the Leicestershire and Warwickshire area. When the position became available, I knew straight away that it was what I was looking for. I’m excited to join the team during such a milestone year for the business.” Initially, Tina will work alongside commercial directors, Michelle Mills and Andrew McFarlane Holt as well as associate commercial surveyor,

Tina Hall, newly appointed property administrator at Lutterworth-based consultancy, Wells McFarlane.

Jason Hercock. Following Wells McFarlane’s success in the International Property Awards as the Best Property Consultancy in the UK and the firm’s recent ranking as one of the top two most active agents in Leicestershire, work for the commercial team has grown considerably and they now have a number of new and sizeable

management instructions for prime office, industrial and retail space in the region. Wells McFarlane’s commercial team’s geographical area of operation spans from Northampton to Castle Donington as well as Hinckley, Nuneaton, Coventry and Rugby.

I got fired from my job as a chef for stealing kitchen equipment. It’s a whisk I was willing to take.

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Former church in Swadlincote for sale by auction SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a former detached Methodist Church with an adjoining Church Hall. The property – at 10-14 West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DE – is set on a site of approximately 0.388 acres and comprises a Methodist Church, adjoining burial ground, former Sunday School (now Church Hall), 1214 West Street (which provides ground a floor retail unit currently used as community space with ancillary accommodation at first floor), 10 West Street (retail/offices to the ground floor with ancillary, office and storage space to first and second floor levels). In addition to this, there are several outbuildings, a car park accessed off Market Street and a further parcel of land. For sale BY AUCTION on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 11.30am at The Pedigree Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL. Guide Price: £160,000+. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact SDL Auctions on 01332 242880 or visit


£15 million contract win for Keyline KEYLINE has been awarded a £15 million contract by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (a joint venture between Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Carillion) as part of the Highways England A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon, creating two new jobs at the company’s branch in Peterborough and one at its Norwich branch. Acting as the sole supply merchant for the A14 improvements, which will help to combat congestion and improve safety, Keyline will be responsible for delivering the required materials for the groundworks and channel drainage across the entire project.

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Rushcliffe Mr D Burbidge (c/o Agent: Paul Day, PD Architecture, The Design Studio, 30 Main Street, Lambley, Notts. NG4 4PN) – Demolition of existing caretaker’s bungalow and erection of 3 new dwellings (Resubmission) – at Caretaker’s Bungalow, 132 Greythorn Drive, West Bridgford, Notts. NG2 7GA. Mr Andrews (c/o Agent: George Machin, 5 Malin Hill, Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1JK) – Erection of 3 detached dwellings following demolition of existing building – at 7 Cliff Drive, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham NG12 1AX. Rushcliffe Borough Council (c/o Agent: Tom Morgan, Stephen George & Partners LLP, 170 London Road, Leicester LE2 1ND) – Reserved matters application for 15 industrial/ warehouse units contained within 3 blocks including ancillary facilities, service yard, car and cycle parking, landscaping, service road and other infrastructure – at Colliers Business Park, Fieldfare Road, Cotgrave, Notts. Mr Steve Pattison (c/o Agent: Martin Cross, Prodem Demolition & Asbestos Ltd, 16 Park View, Trafford Gardens, Nottingham NG8 5AL) – Demolition of old kiln building comprising steel structures, concrete plinths, steel hoppers and 3 stone silos – at Lafarge Cement UK Ltd, Works Lane, Barnstone, Notts. NG13 9JN. Mr Paul Hegarty (c/o Agent: Edd Straker, Ridge & Partners LLP, Beaumont House, 59 High Street, Theale, Reading RG7 5AL) – Create 2 onebed flats and one two-bed flat at first floor plus external alterations – at Community Centre, Church Croft, West Bridgford, Notts. NG2 6BQ.

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Do You Know What Lies At The CORE Of Your Business? ONE OF our prospective clients said to me at our recent networking meetings: “We are a successful full service office fit-out company, but we are still finding resistance to our offer” Without much thought I said “I’m not surprised given the market you are in.” Well for some strange reason he did not seem too impressed with my statement! We didn’t dwell on it, moved forward and started to address his most pressing business development issues and the progress he was making, or do I mean lack of progress! Strangely, I soon realised that the firm he represented wasn’t really a fit-out company, it was actually a long standing and highly respected commercial floor finishing company. The company had changed its name and stance to the market as a response to the new challenges their ever changing market had posed. Apparently they had been lead to believe that the market for floor finishes would decline, which it did slightly, and so they decided to spread their risk by enlarging their range of services. They had received a number of requests to do more than just flooring. Sadly this produced some negative effects: • It took their eye off the market they had excelled in • Their costs went up • Their margins went down • Their time and resources normally committed to winning flooring contracts got diluted • Less work was received at lower margins and carrying more risk So I found myself in the middle of what could be described as ‘not a happy situation’. Once we had fully realised what business they were really in i.e. commercial floor finishing’s, I set about producing a new marketing plan for them. The emphasis was on reengaging with their known audience i.e. existing and past clients etc, and introducing their flooring capabilities to a tightly selected number of prospects. So it’s important in good times and bad to know what your core business is, to stick with it and not be suckered into other areas because they appear to offer benefits that eventually prove not to be as attractive as first thought. Knowing what you’re key business interests are is crucial, this means you can: • fully focus on and optimise your key services • stop wasting time and resources on things that don’t offer you real benefits • keeps you fully focused on your core business interests • But do you know what core is or means? Examples: Company

Core offer or service


Low cost flights




One stop shop for DIY stuff

Coca Cola

Trendy drinks


Reliable construction machinery

Think about what lies at the heart of your business, in other words what is your core business and your unique selling proposition. When you have worked out what yours is, it will act as a firm foundation to base all your other business decisions on.

Terry O’Mahony

Founder & CEO Construction Leaders Club

Nuneaton & Bedworth Mr K Gunn (c/o Agent: Daniel Kelsall, 1 The Courtyard, Goldsmith Way, Eliot Business Park, Nuneaton, Warks. CV10 7RJ) – Erection of 4 dwellings and demolition of existing garages – at Site 52CO45, Rear of 154-166 Gadsby Street, William Street, Nuneaton, Warks. Gladman Developments Ltd (c/o: Gladman House, Alexandria Way, Congleton Business Park, Congleton CW12 1LB) – Residential development of up to 650 dwellings with public open space, landscaping, sustainable urban drainage scheme and vehicular access off The Long Shoot – at Poplar Farm, The Long Shoot, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 6JG. Trenport Investments Ltd (c/o Agent: Andrew Wintersgill, 50 North Thirteenth Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BP) – Residential development of up to 575 houses including a mixed use neighbourhood centre, public open space, footpaths, cycleways, water attenuation basins and associated infrastructure including realignment of Gipsy Lane – at Site 74C004 – West of Maple Park, Land north of Gipsy Lane, Nuneaton. A R Cartwright Ltd (c/o Agent: Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Erection of three-storey office building – at The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Street, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 4AZ.

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I’ve found a job helping a one armed typist do capital letters. It’s shift work.

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Revealed: The Formula To The Perfect Bacon Butty 3 slices of smoked bacon, white bread roll and brown sauce THERE ARE few things more British than the bacon butty, but the perfect sandwich and its composition have always been highly contested – however new research has finally uncovered the formula to the greatest British bacon butty. Britons’ ideal sandwich is made of three slices of smoked bacon on a white bread roll with brown sauce, according to a survey of 2,014 UK tradespeople run in conjunction with IronmongeryDirect’s nationwide hunt for “Britain’s Best Bacon Butty”. 44% of respondents said their sandwich would be complete with a squeeze of brown sauce compared to 36% who preferred ketchup. 11% selected their sandwich without sauce, while 4% admitted to choosing BBQ sauce. A quarter of Brits (24%) like their bread toasted when constructing their perfect sandwich, while 43% butter their bread before filling their sandwich. What people call the bacon sandwich is also a matter of question divided by region. Those in the South commonly called their sandwich a bacon bap or roll, those in the midlands opt for cob, while those in the North West say barm. Scottish residents are also known to call their bacon butty a bridie, buttery or rowie, with the research revealing they prefer sliced white bread (53%) rather than a roll (48%). Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director of IronmongeryDirect, said: “We all agree that a bacon butty is a great way to start the day, however what we put in it is always up for debate. Reviewing the findings of our research proves how passionate we are about the greatOFF British breakfast staple, and LAND NORTH ROAD, how constructing it is a fine art.” SOUTH KILWORTH


Housing White Paper must be implemented, says FMB THE ONLY WAY we will increase the number of new homes we are building is if Ministers act now to implement measures in the Government’s Housing White Paper aimed at removing barriers to small house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Responding to a report published in August by the Local Government Association (LGA) on the quality of house building, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said: “The LGA is right to highlight the slow rate of house building in England as we are currently still building significantly fewer new homes than we need to be to meet demand. Not only are we not building enough homes right now, but we’ve been under-building in this country for decades. In order to address this problem, it is vital that the Government acts on key proposals in the March 2017 Housing White Paper. The White Paper quite rightly emphasis the need to diversify the house building sector so it is less reliant on a small number of large house building companies to build our homes. The concern is that almost six months after the White Paper was published, we’ve seen limited movement on a range of policies that if implemented, could start making a difference today.” Berry continued: “The LGA report also raises concerns regarding the quality of new homes and points to one in ten home buyers being dissatisfied with the end result. To put this another way, that means 90% of consumers are satisfied with the quality of their new home, which is a high customer satisfaction rate. Furthermore, this satisfaction rate is likely to be higher still among customers of SME house builders like the ones represented by the FMB. Our members market themselves on building high quality bespoke homes for their clients and this is their unique selling point.” Berry concluded: “The LGA report also suggests that total investment in new homes should be greater than total investment in the refurbishment of our existing homes. Given that the UK’s housing stock is among the oldest in Europe, with a high proportion of heritage properties and listed buildings, it is equally important that these homes are properly looked after and maintained. In other words, it’s not an either or situation. If we are to solve the housing crisis then we must increase the delivery of new housing but also maximise the lifetimes of our existing buildings. The Government could help encourage greater investment in our existing housing stock by reducing VAT from 20% to 5% to encourage more people to properly maintain their properties.”

Site for 25 dwellings in South Kilworth


Ashbourne development site CHRISTIE & CO are inviting offers for a substantial development opportunity at 80 Derby Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1BH.


Site circa 1.62 ha (4.00 acres) Outline Planning Permission (HDC ref. 16/00925/OUT) Sought after location with great commuter links Section 106 and further details available upon request.

For further information, please contact the Planning

& Development Department on:Currently the land is used as Tel: 01858 439 090 an overflow car park to the Email: adjacent residential care home. Established in 1989, East Midlands property experts Andrew Granger & Co. are a It would ideally suit a supported wide multi-disciplinary consultancy featuring residential sales and lettings, commercial, rural and professional services. living/extra care facility, or Offering a high quality and affordable service, Andrew Granger & Co. have the expertise and experience to assist with Planning and Development queries across the a development of over-55’s Midlands and further afield. bungalows, subject to gaining the necessary planning consents. PLEASE NOTE: There must be no direct contact with the Ashbourne Lodge Care Home, its staff, residents or relatives of. The selling agents welcome enquiries to the local council planning department. Best offers are invited with a deadline of 5pm on Thursday 14th September 2017. Interested parties will be required to submit (by email to their proposed scheme in detail and their best offer, conditions and timescales for completion. For more information, contact Nick Greaves at Christie & Co on 0115 945 4714 or email:

ANDREW GRANGER & CO are offering for sale a residential development site with Outline Planning Consent (ref: 16/00925/OUT) for 25 dwellings. The site - off North Road, South Kilworth, Leicestershire - extends to approximately 4 acres. Details of the Section 106 Agreement are available upon request. For more information, contact Andrew Granger & Co on 01858 439090 or email:

Your way sounds super safe and rational. Let’s do it my way.

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Farm complex with consent for conversion

SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a secluded farmhouse with outbuildings set in three acres and surrounded by woodland. The property – Parsons Brake Farm, Hanbury, Staffs. DE13 8TN – has planning consent (ref: P/2014/01234) for conversion/development to form 4 additional dwellings and the renovation of the existing detached farmhouse. For sale BY AUCTION on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 11.30am at The Pedigree Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL. Guide Price: £475,000+ For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact SDL Auctions on 01332 242880 or visit

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Eurocell sees revenues pass through £100m ceiling in first six months EUROCELL, the Derbyshire based PVC products firm has seen revenue rise through the £100m mark to £108.1m, while profits are up 5% to £10.8m. The firm says it is on target to open 30 new branches this year, with half of those completed before the end of June. Mark Kelly, chief executive of Eurocell, said: “Eurocell has enjoyed a good first half, gaining share in a flat RMI market. We reported robust financial results, delivered another consistent operational performance and continued to invest in the growth of our business. “We are implementing selling price increases to mitigate raw material pricing pressure where possible, but the market does lag supplier price rises. We continue to manage underlying operating costs tightly, whilst progressing further our strategic priorities. “As a result, despite some signs of market hesitancy, our expectations for the full year remain unchanged. We believe that our proven strategy and capabilities will enable Eurocell to deliver value to our customers and shareholders throughout the remainder of 2017 and beyond.”


Housebuilder appoints new Head of Legal LEADING affordable housing developer Westleigh has appointed its first in-house solicitor. Emma Hunt (pictured right), joins Leicestershire-based Westleigh’s Land department as Head of Legal. She will help to support the extra volume of land acquisitions and planning applications, as the firm expands its operations into Yorkshire for the first time, as well as growing its existing coverage of the Midlands. Emma’s responsibilities will include buying land for development and handling the transfer of affordable housing to housing associations. Her role will also involve co-ordinating the services provided by Westleigh’s external legal partners, to ensure the legal process for each site runs smoothly from beginning to end. The role will cover both affordable housing sites and developments for private purchase. Emma, who lives in the Lutterworth area with her family, became a qualified solicitor in 2000 and brings 16 years’ experience into her new role. She was previously Company Solicitor for a national housebuilder covering eight regional operations. She said: “This is a fantastic time to be joining Westleigh, with new offices now open in both Yorkshire and the West Midlands. The company has ambitious plans for the coming years and I look forward to playing my part in making them a success.”

I got frostbite and had part of my foot amputated. Then my girlfriend left me. She was lack-toes intolerant.

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J Tomlinson invests in health and safety with new defibrillators


Bloor Homes secures £11.9m building land for 252 homes

GROWING integrated building services company J Tomlinson has continued its investment in health and safety by installing life-saving defibrillators across key sites. The Nottinghambased firm has purchased 22 defibrillators to be (L-R): Head Of Health, Safety And Environmental located at the firm’s Quality At J Tomlinson Richard Ball, Jason Madeley, permanent offices in Senior Site Manager At J Tomlinson, And Carl Horvath, the East Midlands, West Midlands and Bricklaying Supervisor From Dj Swallow. Yorkshire, as well as on all major project sites while work is ongoing. The equipment, which can give a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest, could be a potential life-saver to employees or members of the public who become ill. “As a company, J Tomlinson continues to strive to provide a safer working environment and keep our employees, visitors and the local community safe and healthy,” said Richard Ball, Head of Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality, at J Tomlinson, which has its headquarters in Lilac Grove, Beeston. “Although no training is required to operate the defibrillators, the business has also invested in AED (automated external defibrillator) training for primary users and this will be supported with Tool Box Talk training to all associated first aiders to familiarise them with the equipment where required.” J Tomlinson, which provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management, has invested in 22 Lifepak CR2 defibrillators that are fully automated. The company, which employs more than 420 staff across its offices and sites, is committed to excellence in safety, health, well-being and quality – believing it is integral to maintaining a sustainable integrated building solutions business. It has its own internal health and safety committee, takes part in special health and safety weeks, and runs its own ‘Safetys’ awards for colleagues who show initiative in these areas. “Automated external defibrillators in the workplace can help save lives, as access to an AED in the first couple of minutes after cardiac arrest improves a patient’s chances of survival,” added Richard. “They are simple to use, so it makes sense to have them available in case of emergency.” For more details about J Tomlinson, visit

RICHBOROUGH Estates has completed the sale of a 34 acre residential development site to the west of Mickleover, on the edge of Derby to national housebuilder Bloor Homes. The deal for the plot, which has outline planning in place for 252 family homes is said to be valued at £11.9m. The plans also include the delivery of a play area and extensive public open space. The site was acquired by Richborough Estates in 2014 and was subsequently allocated for residential development by South Derbyshire District Council in 2015 as part of a large urban extension. Steve Louth, Richborough Estates, said: “We are delighted to have completed the sale of this excellent residential site to Bloor Homes. Being only a short distance from the amenities in Mickleover, this is going to make an exceptional addition to the thriving community. “The fact that we have been able to dispose of this site with outline planning in place, less than three years after acquisition underlines the key role that land promoters play in helping to address housing need by delivering commercially viable planning consents to market quickly. “We are pleased to see that the Reserved Matters application submitted by Bloor Homes reflects the design principles established through our outline planning consent and we’re looking forward to the commencement of development.” The proposal includes a “significant financial contribution” towards affordable housing. Jason Wolliscroft, Bloor Homes, said: “This is a fantastic, attractive location on the edge of an existing conurbation and one that we feel will make a significant contribution to the wider area.”

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Forterra swoops on Bison in £20m deal BISON, the Derbyshire manufacturer of concrete flooring, has been sold by its parent company Laing O’Rourke to Forterra, the maker of masonry products in a deal said to be worth £20m.

Forterra says Bison’s Swadlincote plant is the largest and most technically advanced hollowcore manufacturing facility in the UK and includes a specialist precast facility capable of producing a wide range of bespoke precast concrete products. orterra management estimates that it would cost in excess of £35m to replicate these assets on a greenfield site. Stephen Harrison, chief executive, said: “The acquisition is a unique opportunity to transform Forterra’s precast business in terms of scale and capability. We are acquiring well invested assets whilst at the same time solving the capacity constraints on growth within our own business. We gain a well-respected brand and will attain a market leading position as we look to grow the combined business. “We are confident that the acquisition will create value for our shareholders.”


New Rothley Care Home topped out by MP

EDWARD ARGAR MP visited the site of brand new residential and dementia care home, Mountview, in August to participate in the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the home as specialist care home developer, LNT Care Developments, completes the external construction of the building. The ‘topping out’ ceremony is a significant milestone in a build and reflects the ancient practice of celebrating the bedding of the last brick or tile of a new building. Mountview, which will be operated by Ideal Carehomes, is due to open at the end of this year. The home will benefit from advanced design features and environmentally friendly and sustainable aspects such as ground source heat pumps, underfloor heating and LED lighting. As well as having 66 en-suite bedrooms over three floors, Mountview will encompass several spacious communal areas including a cinema, library and tea room. There will be other shared spaces which will be themed by the residents who live at the home, all surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens.

FISHER GERMAN Directions are offering for sale a Viewingsfull building plot with Services planning permission (ref: 16/00411/FUL) for a 4/5 bedroom dwelling. The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves and easements whether public or private, specifically mentioned or not.

We understand that main services, are available for connection in the vicinity, but we would advise interested parties to make their own enquiries to the relevant providers.

Travelling into Leicester on the A47 turn left on Dalby Avenue on entering Bushby. The property can be found on the right hand side. LE7 9RE

By strict appointment through selling agents, Fisher German LLP, tel. no. 01858 410200,

The plot – at Dalby Avenue, Bushby, Leicestershire LE7 9RE – offers a great opportunity to create an impressive large modern dwelling. The plot is well positioned on a quiet street and is surrounded by mature trees. The asking price is £350,000. For more information, contact Fisher German on 01858 410200 or visit

Projects wanted for next ‘Dragon’s Den’ THE NEXT Dragon’s Den style event could help bring exciting projects in the Harborough district to fruition – with some major funders ready to offer support.

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The fourth event of its kind in the district, organised by Harborough District Council, will see local groups and individuals encouraged to submit projects with some invited to pitch to a panel of funding experts. In return, they’ll get specific advice from the panel about potential funding, key criteria, and next steps to help secure successful grant applications. The innovative event is inspired by the popular BBC television programme but is much more informal and relaxed. It will take place at The Symington Building in Market Harborough on Thursday 14 September 2017 from 9am to 5pm. Funders who have confirmed attendance so far include Harborough District Council, Leicestershire County Council Shire Grants, Sport England, Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity and Leicestershire and Rutland Sport. Councillor Michael Rickman, who has responsibility at the district council for grants, said: “This event has proved to be a great opportunity to help people secure funding and get projects off the ground. We have some major funders on the panel all looking to help and advise where they can.” Previous Dragon’s Den style events, organised by the council, have proved very successful and led to a number of local projects finding the required funding. Places are limited but anyone interested in pitching to the Dragon’s Den panel should contact Alison McDaid at grants@ emailing the details of the project. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch to the panel.

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Election causes delays and hesitancy in public sector starts • • • •

Starts in the three months to July were 10% lower than a year ago Non-residential project starts were 15% down on the same period in 2016, led by falls in retail, education and health projects Residential starts were unchanged on a year ago Civil engineering starts were 23% lower than a year ago, driven by a drop in infrastructure projects

THE VALUE of work starting on site in the three months to July was 10% lower than during the same period a year ago, according to the latest Glenigan Index. However on a seasonally adjusted basis, starts were 6% higher than during February 2017 to April 2017. Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, said: “The year on year decline in project starts is in part due to decisions on public sector projects being temporarily delayed by the snap general election, with education, health, infrastructure and community & amenity sectors witnessing the sharpest declines. We anticipate that these delayed projects will bolster starts over the coming months as work gets underway post-election. Private sector starts have performed better, although there has been a weakening in a number of areas. “Overall non-residential projects were 15% down on a year ago, but on a seasonally adjusted basis were 7% up the preceding three months. The health sector has seen the sharpest decline, with starts down 59% both on a year ago and against the preceding three months. There were also double digit year on year declines in the education, community & amenity and retail sectors. These declines were accompanied by a 6% drop in office project starts. Industrial starts were also 9% lower, having been a growth sector since the opening months of 2017. In contrast there has been strong growth in hotel & leisure work. “Private residential starts plateaued during the three months to July, being little changed on the preceding three months or the level of a year ago. The stabilisation in project starts follows quieter conditions in the wider housing market. In contrast, there has been an encouraging upturn in social housing starts, which on a seasonally adjusted basis were 23% up on February to April 2017.” ”Civil engineering starts were 23% lower than a year ago, driven by a drop in infrastructure projects as the snap election pushed back the commissioning of public sector transport projects.” There were sharp variations in project starts across the country. Whilst most parts of the UK have seen a decline, the value of project starts rose in the north of England, with year on year increases of 10%, 19% and 8% in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & the Humber respectively. The sharpest growth, however, was in the East of England, where starts were 60% up on a year ago.

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The cottages – 5 & 7 Station Road, Whissendine, Rutland LE15 7HG – are situated on a quiet lane with views of the Church to the front. The buildings require further modernisation and upgrading. The Guide Price is £299,950. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Shoulers on 01664 410166 or email:

Comment on L’boro town centre masterplan VIEWS ARE being sought on a masterplan that will help shape the future of Loughborough town centre for the next 15 years. A study commissioned by Charnwood Borough Council sets out a number of proposals to develop the town centre and ensure its viability and vitality. The proposals fall into four categories: • Improving the public realm (which generally covers street surfaces/furniture/planting/signage/public art) • Traffic and parking • Sites for development • Events and business support The masterplan also identifies eight character areas across the town centre and explains how these should be developed. A consultation was launched on Wednesday, August 9 and will run for six weeks. There are a number of proposals including making the town centre more pedestrian friendly and providing better links between key areas including Loughborough University, the railway station and the parks. The masterplan proposes introducing two-way traffic in Southfield Road to reduce vehicle numbers in Bedford Square and Ward’s End It also identifies six key sites for potential development including Baxter Gate which it says would be suitable for a retail-led development, including a two-storey car park. The masterplan proposes holding a number of events in the town centre based around Loughborough’s unique identity as a market and university town with a rich industrial and cultural heritage. For more information or to have a say on the masterplan, please visit The website contains a summary of the proposals and the full masterplan document. The deadline for responses is September 22, 2017.

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Vision to revitalise Thurmaston area A LONG-TERM strategy to regenerate part of Charnwood has been launched.

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Forticrete Launches New Roofing CPD FORTICRETE, one of Britain’s leading innovators in the design and production of concrete and slate roof tiles, has launched a new CPD to help architects and specifiers select the right product for their residential and commercial projects. The 30 minute ‘Introduction to Roofing’ CPD covers the key considerations of roof tile specification. With many local planners continuing to favour the use of natural stone and slate because of its rustic finish and longevity, indicative of its durability, the CPD provides an overview of how flat and profiled interlocking concrete tiles, as well as double lap, concrete stone slates, can help to design homes that are sympathetic to the local vernacular without breaking budget. The CPD also discusses how to approach roof tile specification in circumstances that demand special design considerations such as curved roofs and vertical tile hanging. Rachel Appleyard, Roofing Product Manager at Forticrete, commented: “At Forticrete, we’ve developed a unique expertise in the creation of innovative products which not only replicate, but actually improve on traditional materials. “This depth of knowledge has been built through years of close collaboration with designers, architects and specifiers, developing products to suit individual needs. With that in mind, there isn’t anyone better placed to provide architects and specifiers with the advice and guidance they need to successfully design with concrete roof tiles and slates. To find out more about Forticrete’s new ‘Introduction to Roofing’ CPD or to register for your CPD, call: 01525 244908 or email:



Bellway welcomes first visitors to 178-home development in Scraptoft BELLWAY has welcomed the first visitors to a development of 178 new homes which will generate a £2m investment in Scraptoft. Construction is progressing apace at Goodridge, off Beeby Lane, and the first homes are now on the market. Three, four and fivebedroom homes Bellway Sales Manager Steve Smith with sales advisors, have all been released for sale. from left, Joanne Lamb, Tanya Smith and Melanie Hackland The first residents at the launch of Goodridge in Scraptoft. are expected to move in later this year. Bellway will invest heavily in infrastructure to support the development, with a total of £1.2m being contributed towards primary, high school and upper school education. A further £188,000 will be invested in public transport and road improvements. Harborough District Council will receive £570,000 towards community facilities, Leicestershire Police will receive £48,000 and a public open space will be created on site. There will be 64 affordable homes, half rented and half available for shared ownership.

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BERRYS are offering for sale a development site in the western part of the town of Corby.

Berrys, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:1. These particulars are prepared for the guidance only of prospective purchasers and are intended to give a fair overall description of the property but do not form part of any offer or contract. 2. Any information contained herein (whether in the text, plans or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement or representation of fact. 3. Nothing in these particulars shall be deemed to be a statement that the property is in good condition or otherwise, that any service or facilities are in good working order, or that the necessary statutory requirements have been met. 4. The photographs appearing in these particulars show only a certain part and aspect of the property at the time when the photographs were taken. Certain aspects may have changed since the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. Furthermore no assumptions should be made in respect of parts of the property which are not shown in the photographs. 5. Any areas measurements or distances are approximate. 6. They are not authorised to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to the property. 7. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.

The site – Maple House, Alberta Close, Corby NN18 9HU - used to house a care home for the elderly which has now been demolished. The site is located in a residential area of town, directly adjacent to Corby REF: KA27392 Kingswood Primary School. The site extends to approximately 1.35 acre. Property Services Since 1890 No planning permission has yet been granted. Subject to consent, the site has potential for residential development of varying types and density. Indicative schemes and reports are available on request. Freehold of the property is available for sale by Private Treaty with vacant possession on completion. The Guide Price is £350,000. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Berrys on 01536 517777 or email:

Breedon Group plc acquires Humberside Aggregates Limited for £9m BREEDON, the UK’s largest independent construction materials group, announces that it has completed the acquisition of Humberside Aggregates Limited (“Humberside”) for a total consideration of £9.0 million.* Humberside is a leading independent sand & gravel quarry and aggregates merchanting business based at North Cave near Hull in East Yorkshire, employing around 30 people. It supplies a broad range of customers including ready-mixed concrete and mortar producers, various Government agencies, local authorities, and local and national building and civil engineering contractors. In the year to 30 April 2017, Humberside reported an underlying EBITDA of £2.1 million on revenues of £14.9 million. It has approximately 3.1 million tonnes of mineral reserves, with the potential to secure additional reserves in the future. The purchase price is being satisfied by the payment of £8.3 million in cash funded from the Group’s existing resources, together with the assumption of £0.7 million of debt. Commenting on the acquisition Pat Ward, Breedon’s Group Chief Executive, said: “This acquisition provides Breedon Southern with a valuable source of aggregates in the important markets of East Yorkshire and Humberside, where we already operate a sizeable ready-mixed concrete business. It will enable us to create value by internalising the supply of sand and gravel to our network of readymix and mortar plants, whilst serving a strong existing customer base throughout the region. “Humberside also operates a successful merchanting business, supplying limestone to builders’ merchants in the region. A proportion of this material currently comes from Breedon’s quarry at Holme Hall, giving us the opportunity to optimise these volumes and benefit from improved logistics planning. “We look forward to welcoming all our new colleagues from Humberside to the Breedon Group.” * Subject to completion adjustments

IN THE LAST decade, the average size of a family home has shrunk by two square metres. New home designs have evolved as house designers are challenged to provide more space from a smaller footprint often resulting in the use of roof space for extra accommodation. Demand for new homes continues unabated and the Government is under pressure to provide suitable sites using both Green Field and Brown Field land. As house designers grapple with the challenge of providing smaller homes in greater density, many of us now look to the sanctuary of our gardens to maximise our personal living space. There has been an explosion in the use of Bi fold doors and raised patio areas, providing a seamless transition from inside to outside. Soundshield™ fence panels are designed to protect the tranquillity of our garden space by reducing unwanted noise pollution from busy roads, railway lines, commercial premises, schools and the irritating intrusion of noisy neighbours. Using their expertise in developing noise-reducing fence panels for motorways across the UK, BSW Timber has developed Soundshield™ in a bid to curb noise pollution in residential environments. The costeffective solution has been proven to reduce noise levels by 22 decibels in independent laboratory tests. Often when considering noise reduction measures for larger building sites, it is commercially attractive to create a “bund” of earth at the site perimeter, using site spoil covered with fertile soil which is then seeded. Whilst many will welcome the reduced cost of not having to remove as much site spoil to landfill, far greater profitability can be achieved using the “Soundshield” Acoustic Fence Panel system which saves space and potentially can increase the number of homes on the site. The robust and lightweight panels are installed as modules for convenience and can even fit between existing posts, which makes it easy to replace old fence panels if you want to protect an existing garden space. Horizontal fence boards ensure that the modular panels blend into one another seamlessly and utilising both sides of the panel creates a run that is aesthetically attractive from any angle. Soundshield™ fence panels use timber from responsibly managed forests and are the latest investment from a company which continues to demonstrate its commitment to the UK fencing sector. Soundshield™ product information is available to download from

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What’s Good for the Goose

Peter Buckingham of Andrew Granger & Co suggests a new way of thinking when it comes to selling property MICROSOFT co-founder, Bill Gates, thinks that we overestimate the amount of change which will happen over two years but underestimate the amount of change over ten. This certainly seems to be the case with housing. Our tastes move on hugely over a decade as new materials, technology, design, our experiences of staying in modern hotels and even watching reality home shows on the television increasingly influence us. Public opinion and governmental policy also have their effect. The Grenfell Tower disaster will prove to be another turning point. But underlying all these developments are the changes we see in our own lives; the amount of space we need to occupy, running costs, convenience and the time that could be spent doing other things - sometimes at stages in life like parenthood or retirement when time is increasingly precious. Retirees for example have much to consider. Do they want to continue living in large family houses when there is no large family living there anymore? And the desire to head off to the country or coast, once the dream of many, is being overtaken by the desire to live in an exciting urban environment where there is life, opportunity, convenience and grandchildren. Growing old gracefully is no longer an appealing prospect to many. In the new homes sector this is a big challenge. Few of us live or want to live in the same way we used to. Developers must work out how people will want to live tomorrow and then create that model today. For some this might seem courageous speculation, but that doesn’t make it wrong. In the pre-owned home sector there are different challenges. We are beginning to see a real trend in adapting dated, multi-zone living spaces that segregate people within the home into larger more inclusive multifunctional areas. Eating, dining, entertaining and relaxing with family and

friends are now desired in one large single-function area where the bi-fold door finally brings nature indoors and makes the garden an integral part of the house. Therefore buying a home has become akin to trading in an old car for a brand new one. When most people buy a new car today they expect plenty of innovative features, not the same outdated ones their old car possessed. A new car is a finely engineered and brilliantly designed machine for driving. Buyers of all ages now think that a home should be a finely engineered and brilliant machine for living. Those who seek to leave their old homes behind and look forward to enjoying all the benefits that the next one should offer might spare a thought for the people they want to sell to. Don’t these buyers crave modern styles and fittings also? Home sellers should remember that and either make their home attractive to the modern buyer or accept that the price will have to reflect essential modernisation works. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you are thinking of selling your home, and are looking for an innovative approach to marketing, contact Peter Buckingham, Director of Andrew Granger & Co, with offices strategically placed across the county in Market Harborough, Leicester and Loughborough.

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