Category Archive: Commercial Property

Planning Case Study – Change of Use from Shop to Restaurant

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This project involved a change of use application from A1 (shop) to A3 (restaurant). Background: The site is located within the Great Western Arcade (GWA) in Birmingham and is currently a shop, whereas the… Continue reading

Don’t Fall Into The CDM Trap

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The latest Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM 2015) are intended to ensure that health and safety issues are properly considered during a project’s development so that the risk of harm to those who… Continue reading

2017 Non-domestic Rates Revaluation

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Business rates (or non-domestic rates) will most likely have to be paid if you use a building for non-domestic purposes, unless certain exemptions are applicable. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sets the Rateable… Continue reading

Property Insurance Update

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The Insurance Act 2015 came into effect on the 12th August this year.  It requires those seeking insurance to make “fair presentation” to the insurance company. Unhelpfully this “fair presentation” is not defined… Continue reading

Stamp Duty and Leasehold Property

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It is often forgotten that Stamp Duty is payable on the grant of a lease. This is based on the net present value as calculated by HM Revenue and Customs.  So for a… Continue reading

Good News for Small Businesses

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The Chancellor announced a number of significant changes regarding commercial property in this week’s Budget. Apart from the well documented changes to business rates, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for non-residential properties has… Continue reading

Insurance Valuations

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Huge parts of North West England suffered substantial damage as a result of the recent severe storms and the subsequent flooding which has been called the ‘worst in our lifetime’. Whilst the Cotswolds… Continue reading

The Autumn Statement 2015

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George Osborne’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement brought a number of changes that will affect property owners and businesses, not all of which will be welcome. Stamp Duty Increase on Buy to Let… Continue reading

Unwelcome News on Business Rates

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In his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference the Chancellor made some rather dramatic statements with regard to commercial Business Rates. The most surprising announcement was the return to the old days… Continue reading