Docklands News

Plans for 17-storey Abbey Wood housing block move forward

Plans have progressed for a series of blocks up to 17 storeys-tall in Greenwich, including nearly 500 co-living rooms and a hotel. Greenwich Council has received JMH Group's proposal for Eynsham Drive in Abbey Road, which includes 487 new co-living rooms and a 110-bedroom hotel. The application also features a gym and roof terraces. Several shared spaces in the buildings are also planned to be available to be used by local businesses and community groups. “The scheme will encourage pedestrian flow within the public realm and improve the pedestrian experience, provide a range of new high quality co-living accommodation, maximise views outwards and create new commercial opportunities at street level that will activate the streetscape", according to the planning documents.

My London (20/02/2024)  

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Legal battle over Olympic Village flats safety defects continues

The owner of Olympic Village flats, Get Living, plans to appeal a legal ruling that ordered them to pay for fixing building safety defects. The decision has been welcomed by owners of flats in the East Village development, who have been unable to sell or remortgage their homes due to the dispute. Get Living argues that the Olympic Delivery Authority and the contractors responsible for the work should be liable for the costs. The defects include cladding similar to that on Grenfell Tower, and the case is closely watched by the property industry and the owners of 1.5m flats in the UK who lack proof of safety. 

The Times (17/02/2024)  

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House prices in prime London fall to 2014 levels

House prices in the prime London market have fallen year-on-year and are now back at 2014 levels, according to new data from Lonres. Figures from the property consultancy showed house prices in prime London are now 2.5% below their pre-pandemic level having fallen by 7.1% annually. Activity in the prime London sales market is up, however, the number of properties put on the market in January and the number of properties under offer grew by 4.2% and 5.4% respectively last month. The value of ultra-central properties in South Kensington and Chelsea has dipped, while Mayfair & St James has shown significant growth due to new high-end developments. Rental growth in prime London slowed, too – although average rents are still over a quarter above their pre-pandemic average. 

City AM (19/02/2024)  

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New scheme offers 99% mortgages for first-time buyers

Treasury officials have proposed a new scheme that would allow first-time buyers to take out 99% mortgages, with the government guaranteeing the additional risk to lenders. The scheme aims to make it easier for young buyers to get on the housing ladder by requiring only a 1% deposit on their first property. A Treasury source told The Times that Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor, had asked officials to cost the scheme before next month's budget but added that an announcement might not be made until the autumn. The source added that Hunt wanted to prioritise tax cuts at the budget and that 99% mortgages could be part of a larger package to support homeownership to be announced in the autumn. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at the estate agency Savills, said that any scheme that boosted buyer numbers would need to be matched with measures to increase the housing supply. "You might be addressing the deposit affordability issue, but you're still left with the mortgage affordability issue," he said. 

The Daily Telegraph (22/02/2024)   The Times (22/02/2024)  

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Olympian secures £7.5m bridging loan for Canary Wharf co-living project

Olympian Homes has secured a £7.5m facility for a co-living block at Canary Wharf. The loan from Recognise Bank will aid the development of a 46-storey tower housing 795 units, a residents' lounge, cinema room, fitness studio, and gym. Olympian chairman Mark Slatter commented: "This facility will allow us to commence site investigation works, progress the scheme design to BSA gateway 2 and demolish the existing structure in preparation for seeking an equity partner to build out the project". 

Development Finance Today (12/02/2024)  

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London house price growth outperforms Home Counties

A new prime property report from Investec reveals that houses in the Home Counties valued at over £1m have seen an average of £151,130 knocked off their asking prices since last summer. Analysis shows that sellers are having to drop their prices by 10% on average to attract buyers. It comes as homes in or close to London are back in demand as employers backtrack on work from home arrangements introduced in response to the pandemic. The Greater London area outperformed the home counties, with home owners selling £1m plus properties reducing their asking prices by 8.6% on average, taking £159,540 off the price tag. In West Sussex, where the average price of a £1m plus property is £1.49m, sellers knocked £187,805 off their asking prices on average - a reduction of 12.6%. Essex saw the second largest drop in asking prices for homes over £1m, with sellers knocking an average of £159,671 off their asking prices, a discount of 11.2%. 

Evening Standard (12/02/2024)  

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