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  1. I try to stay out of this thread for obvious reasons, but the Hinckley tier has been set as they use the hospitals in Leicester and Nuneaton which are in tier 3. The issue as everything with the government is that there is logic applied but they do not explain themselves.
  2. We visited an indoor food market in Copenhagen. Rather than just a place to buy food to take home its full of artisan eateries and drinks. So you effectively shop, eat and drink in one indoor space, all purchased from small retailers. It would work in any town in the world I think. Likewise, the container markets/bars in Christchurch are amazing. They were built as a temporary fix after the earthquake, but I can't see them ever getting rid because of the unique atmosphere you describe. These enterprises are the key to the future of city centres, they need to be about th
  3. Also clear from that that the North and South stands are being extended to line through with the corners of the west stand. They may just be extending the concourses, but I doubt it somehow and some of the new seats will be accommodated here.
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    We are designing a load of garden rooms at the moment that act as annexes or garden offices. I would avoid anything that doesn't comply with the building regs (even though at that size you probably wouldn't need BR) then you will get your 20 years lifespan. Expect to pay in the order of £12k+ for this. I don't know the company, but this website gives some kit prices: https://www.futuresips.co.uk/metro-full-kit/ I would be very happy with a timber frame or SIPs solution as they will be cheaper and warmer that brick/block. We do work with these guys so you cou
  5. I loved every minute I spent there. It's a cracking island
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    Esurv do visit but they are scroats and are the cheapest ones for the mortgage companies to employ. They are an agent with a network of self employed valuers hence they are cheap. The valuers have become very risk averse and you will find that the person inspecting your property knows nothing of the area. The fact that 5 people can all agree to pay the asking price means that the house is worth that price. To a valuer visiting the area for the first time they can disagree with this and leave you high and dry. Gone are the days where the value is what people will pay for
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    Esurv? Been shafted ourselves in the past. Valuing a 3 bed detached at lower than semis on the same road.
  8. Something had to be done. The planners at a nearby hospital wanted 13 weeks to approve a new oxygen tank to be installed as part of the Covid preparations. As long as the government are unable to do what they say because the civil servants are being difficult, we will see more and more power being transferred to Westminster.
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    I wouldn't let any form of Surveyor that I don't have a contract with enter my home then carry out intrusive testing to it. I am highly qualified in my field but I am not capable of damaging a home then making good all surfaces and finishes. Furthermore (at my healthy hourly rate) it would not be feasible for anyone to pay me to do it. If you have Surveyors or Engineers prepared to do that type of work then you have done well but they won't be making a mess in my home any time soon!
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    I can assure you we don't!
  11. We went to a 9 day fortnight and productivity did go up as a result. We have a good motivated workforce and I wouldn't guarantee it would work everywhere however. It's also not contracted so it can be taken away if it isn't working out.
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    All surveys exclude what cannot be seen. So a structural survey would not have picked up dry rot unless it was visible on the exposed timber. In that case, it should have been picked up in the valuation report. The other tricky thing to navigate, is that the valuer has a contract with the mortgage supplier, not the vendor so they are under no obligation to assist. If Rumble wished to claim, he would need to claim from the mortgage supplier in the first instance.
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    Great post, landlords are constantly demonised and have very little protection from the government. The vast majority just want a small investment for the future and want own a property that they would be happy to live in themselves. There are some fairly bad stories of HMO's, sublets etc but this is not a reflection on the industry as a whole. For those that complain about property prices etc, one way the government could assist is by ensuring that new build properties are not sold to investors by way of planning conditions. There is already the affordable requirement
  14. Much of what is developed is council and national policy rather than developer lead. They of course want to make as much as possible by getting as many units on the site as they can. However, the look and size of the building is often dictated by the planners who are obessed with bricks in Leicester. There are very few Leicester developments that don't have vast swathes of brick as it is the only thing that will be accepted. Many of the developers I work with are excellent and want to do a good job. This approach typically sells better with higher rates than the build them cheap st
  15. Sister in law has been told that any teacher that is concerned about safety are not needed back at school. Guess that means they have no intention of opening. Yet LBC this morning were discussing bringing teachers out of retirement due to a huge shortage and caused by smaller class sizes. Why would teachers bother going back if they don't have to?
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