SPRING STATEMENT 18: IS THE 2021 REVALUATION PLEDGE JUST ANOTHER PIECE TO FIT INTO THE RATING JIGSAW?

By Andrew Hulbert, Director The Spring Statement announcement by the Chancellor that the next business rates revaluation will be brought forward by one year to 2021 has been met with some cynicism by businesses who feel that issues arising from the last review are far from resolved. The latest twist in the revaluation tale was unlikely to be welcomed as long as problems with the current Chec...

TEAM HL ARE ON THE BALL

Team HL donned their shin-pads and yellow shirts this week to take part in Telereal Trillium’s five-a-side football tournament. Captain Tom Morley reports… We’re always up for a bit of healthy competition at Harris Lamb, so an invitation to take on a selection of teams from Telereal Trillium, one of our key corporate clients, and meet other property professionals while kicking a ball around...

ALMR PLEDGES TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE OVER RISING BUSINESS RATES

By Victoria Trafford, Director of Business Rates The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has called on the Government to ‘act decisively and soon’ to alleviate increasing concerns amongst licensees about escalating business rates. Businesses within the hospitality industry are bracing themselves for hikes in bills from April, and the recent figures released by the Governmen...

INVESTING IN NOTTINGHAM: WHERE TO FOCUS WHEN THE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION BUBBLE BURSTS

By Rob Haigh, Agency At the beginning of this year, I was asked by thebusinessdesk.com to make a few predictions for 2018, and one of those was my conviction that residential developers will continue to focus on the conversion of redundant upper floor space in to flats and student accommodation in Nottingham over the course of the year. That said, I think that by the close of the year, this ...

GOVERNMENT LAYS DOWN 20 PER CENT INCREASE IN PLANNING FEES

An increase of 20 per cent will be applied to all existing planning application fees as a result of new regulations brought in earlier this month. The House of Lords approved the regulations that introduce the fee increase, along with other changes to the fees regime, in December. The changes came into force across England on January 17th 2018. Olivia Morris of Harris Lamb’s Planning te...