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Converting offices to residential - housing solution or office shortage?
Plans to extend the office-to-residential conversion policy by scrapping the exemptions some councils had from the scheme (with effect from 2016), have been revealed by the Government.
Permitted Development (PD) Rights were introduced by the Government in May 2013 with the aim of increasing the supply of housing. The rules allow office buildings to be converted into residential use without formal planning consent.
This has been welcomed by many as it allows older, low value office buildings to be converted into much needed residential accommodation.read more
Caxtons Chartered Surveyors is one of the largest independent property practices in the South East. Operating from offices across Kent, we offer a full range of property consultancy and management services in the commercial and residential sectors.
Caxtons is a private limited company, established in 1990, but with roots back in the late 1800s, providing property services to a wide range of clients. The company is owned by its 6 directors with 7 associate directors in support. We employ over 90 people, with some 15 Chartered Surveyors and a wealth of other experienced staff that can advise on all your property needs.
To rent or buy-to-let – that is the question.
It seems that every week a new report is released on the changing tide of those who rent, versus those who own property.
Terrorism threat levels up
Terrorism has been front-page news for some time now and MI5 rate the level of threat as 'severe'.
Energy efficiency and unlettable commercial property
Recently, The Financial Times published an article highlighting that up to 20 per cent of British office buildings will become un-lettable when new energy efficiency measures come into effect in April 2018.