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Conservation areas

Areas such as Woodbridge are designated as conservation areas. This means there are additional planning controls which need to be observed if one wishes to make external alterations to a property. The local authority will pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the conservation area. A recent […]

Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples lowest on record in 2015

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) regularly publishes data on a whole host of subjects. One of their most recent publications is Marriages in England and Wales:2015, which reports on the number of marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2015, analysed by age, sex, previous marital status and civil or religious ceremony. […]

Partial success for farmer’s daughter in proprietary estoppal claim

The England and Wales High Court has granted the youngest daughter of a farmer a substantial cash payment in lieu of her rightful share of the family farm. The 200 acre Woodrow Farm near Yeovil belonged to Frank Habberfield and his wife Jane. The holding (including the farming business, land, buildings and farmhouse) was worth […]

MEES and you: commercial landlords

On 1 April 2018 a new legal standard for minimum efficiency is due to be introduced for rented commercial buildings, known as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (“MEES”). From 1 April 2018 landlords who fall within the scope of MEES must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the building has an energy […]