Author: Jonathan Hyde

RAIL STATION DEVELOPMENTS AND NEW HOMES

  • Infrastructure improvements can act as a catalyst for regeneration and new residential development. Major investment in the last decade has seen improvements to a number of rail stations. Some have been vital due to rapidly rising passenger numbers and others as a result of policies to spur economic development.
  • Using the latest passenger data from all rail stations across Great Britain, we calculated which stations had seen the largest number of additional passengers over the last 10 years. St. Pancras, London recorded the largest increase at 28 million.
  • Three non-London stations made the top 10: Birmingham New Street (2nd place), Leeds (7th) and Liverpool Lime Street (9th).
  • The proportion of new build sales, out of total sales in the location of the station, ranges from 93% for St Pancras, where regeneration meant the volume of new residential led to the creation of a new postcode, to 11% in Euston which is yet to be regenerated. The average proportion of new build sales across England and Wales is 10%, showing that busy stations encourage and support new build development.
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The Midland New Year Eve Party

Stuck for something to do this New Years Eve and want to stay local? Why not bring in the New Year at The Midland in Marple Bridge with their Extra Spectacular event. The Midland have put together a delicious menu perfect for raising a glass of bubbles with friends and loved ones. To accompany the menu they have beautiful cocktails, music and a lively atmosphere intheir stunning bar area. It’s sure to be a spectacular evening and kick 2019off to the perfect start.

See menu and make reservations here. https://www.midlandmarplebridge.co.uk/content/pcdg/north-west/midlandmarplebridge/nye-dinner-menu#

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From Fleece to Fabric at The Artisan Gallery

Not sure what to do this Saturday? If you are all set for Christmas then why not join the first arts and crafts workshop at The Artisan Gallery at Semitone Studios!

The unique workshop will be conducted by Devin Reed, a local shepherd, “From Fleece to Fabric”. Using his home-grown materials and specialist techniques, Devin will teach you how to create yarn for knitting and creating garments. From start to end, participants will be taught how to card raw wool, produce yarn and then shown the basics of knitting and weaving. There will also be the opportunity to make your very own woven bracelet to take home and keep, or perhaps a gift for someone special at Christmas?

Venue: Semitone Studios, 130 Stockport Road, Marple, SK6 6DQ

Cost per person: £15

Spaces available: 12

Time slot: 10:30am – 3:00pm

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Treatots Market Nearly New Baby & Kids Sale

Thinking of having a clear out in January? Why not head to Treatots Market Nearly New Baby & Kids Sale? A great opportunity to sell children’s toys, clothes and maternity wear which you no longer need and make a little money as well. Or perhaps you are looking to pick up some great deals yourself.

Your local Nearly New Baby & Kids Sale will be held on Sunday 27th January 2019 at Marple Senior Citizens Association, Memorial Park, Marple, SK6 6BA from 13.30 – 15.30

If you wish to sell please see details below:

Stall bookings start from £10.50 inc. a FREE tea or coffee. Early booking is advised as places are filling up fast. https://www.treatotsmarket.co.uk/book-your-stall

If you wish to attend please see details below:

Adult buyer’s admission is £1.50pp on the door or claim a 2 for 1 Entry Voucher via our Treatots Market Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Treatotsmarket

Kids (under 16yrs) get FREE entry

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Heartbeat Christmas Carol Concert

Get in to the festive spirit and enjoy an evening of songs and festive fun, such as Christmas hamper raffle, tombola and craft stall. There will be Refreshments available. If you would like to attend the event tickets are £5 and will be available on the door. Under16’s go free. The event is on the 20th and starts at 7:30 at the Marple Methodist Church.

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IS THE UK BECOMING A HAPPIER PLACE TO LIVE?

  • There are many factors that influence our quality of life and well-being. In 2010, the ONS started the ‘Measuring National Well-being’ (MNW) programme in order to have a standardised monitor of well-being. The latest bulletin was published on 28th November 2018.
  • At a national level, previous research has shown that how people view their health is the most important factor, followed by employment status and relationship status. At a local level, a wide range of local conditions can affect people’s well-being, with housing affordability a key issue. In particular where local house prices are too high relative to incomes, thereby preventing prospective buyers from getting on to the housing ladder and they subsequently remain in rented accommodation.
  • Comparing June 2017 with June 2018 there were no significant changes to personal well-being measures (life satisfaction, feeling that things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety) in the UK, or indeed across any of its countries. Also, fewer people reported low happiness ratings and more people reported very low anxiety ratings.
  • The positive changes in well-being across the UK may be influenced by the improvement in economic indicators during the 12 months, such as the unemployment rate which was at its lowest level between April and June 2018 since the period from December 1974 to February 1975, at 4%. Also, average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.7%, in nominal terms, compared with a year earlier. However, in June 2018, the rate of annual house price growth was also at its lowest level since August 2013, at 3%.
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RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAXATION

  • Despite tax revenue from residential property seeing its usual annual rise between July and September, total tax revenue in the first nine months of 2018 across England and Wales was 9.5% lower than a year ago, according to the latest data published this week by HMRC and the Welsh Government.
  • It is estimated that £6.3 billion has been netted by HMRC and the Welsh Government between January and September, a fall of £662 million compared to the same period in 2017.
  • The number of properties liable for the 3% Higher Rate of Additional Dwelling (HRAD) levy fell over 5% in this period. The amount collected from the HRAD 3% element was down £243 million, the equivalent of 14.3%, to £1.24 billion.
  • Since its introduction in the 2017 Autumn Budget, the government has also ‘lost’ £427 million, owing to the introduction of first-time buyer tax relief which has benefitted over 180,000 first-time buyers. That number will rise thanks to the backdating of the scheme for first-time buyers purchasing shared ownership properties, as announced this autumn. On average, first-time buyers account for just over one-fifth of residential property purchases each quarter.
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FIRST-TIME BUYER VALUATIONS ON THE UP

  • The number of property valuations for first-time buyers has risen in all areas of the UK except for London, according to the latest data released this week by UK Finance.
  • The largest increases in first-time buyer valuations were in the north of the country, where over 43% of first-time valuations are for properties priced less than £125,000. The North East leads the way with an increase of 3.8%, followed by the North West with 3.3%.
  • Across London, valuations in the first half of 2018 were down 3.9% on a year ago. A quarter of valuations were for properties priced over £500,000, compared to the UK average of just 4%.
  • First-time buyers are currently facing less competition for property from buy-to-let investors. In the first nine months of 2018 buy-to-let mortgage approvals across the UK have fallen by 13.5% compared to the same period a year ago.
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UK AMONG LOWEST ESTATE AGENCY FEES GLOBALLY

  • A drop of more than a third of the average sole agency fee for a traditional estate agent in the UK, to 1.18% (plus VAT), since 2011 makes it among the cheapest prime location for agent fees in the world.
  • Of the places analysed, only China and Hong Kong had lower seller-side fees at 0.5% and 1.0% respectively. Other countries with significantly higher seller fees including Mexico (7.5%), the USA (5.5%) and France (5%).
  • The UK comes out as the cheapest location to buy in terms of estate agent fees when you consider the combined buying and selling commission fees (assuming no buying agent is used).
  • A survey carried out by TheAdvisory of over 2,000 property sellers in England and Wales, which was reported by Prime Resi, also identified that 95% chose a traditional agent over a new online and hybrid agencies (often with ‘no sale no fee’) to sell their home.
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TRANSACTION LEVELS RISE IN AREAS WITH ACCESS TO ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND

  • A quick analysis of sales volumes to date in 2018 indicates that in areas where sales have increased compared to the same period last year, on average virtually half of all properties have access to ultra-fast broadband, with an average download speed of 46.4mbps.
  • In contrast, in those areas where sales have fallen, just under one third of properties have access to ultra-fast broadband and the average download speed is slightly lower at just 42.9mbps.
  • While broadband coverage and speed may well not be the most important factors in choosing which home to buy, their impact on daily life is ever increasing. 89% of adults now use the internet each week, up from just 51% in 2006 (ONS), and a rising proportion of the population works from home for at least part of the week.
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