Docklands News

Fairview across Greenwich

Fairview New Homes has launched a new residential development just a few minutes’ walk from Greenwich Park. Located on Greenwich High Road, not far from the Thames, and with excellent transport links to the Isle of Dogs, the City, and Central London, the collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments offers spectacular views across the capital. A one-bed property can be had from £425,000, with London Help to Buy available.

Metro (22/07/2019)


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Plans submitted for regeneration of Bishopsgate Goodsyard

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has received plans for the regeneration of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard. The scheme, a joint venture between two property developers, Hammerson and Ballymore, would create a 10-acre mixed-use scheme in the heart of Shoreditch, east London. The revised application comes after the initial  plans for the development of the site in 2014, (which comprised 1,356 new homes, 700,000 sq ft office space and 180,000 sq ft of retail space) were  “called in” by the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson, with the GLA assuming the role of Local Planning Authority for the application.

East London Lines (25/07/2019)


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Brexit hits commercial property

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ latest commercial market survey shows demand for commercial property in London stayed in negative territory for the 12th quarter in a row. And demand from overseas investors has also continued to drop as Brexit looms, Niall Lindsay of surveyor Lapar said: “The key issue is Brexit. The market is less concerned about whether we remain in or out. It just wants certainty one way or the other.” Retail was responsible for pulling the overall figure below zero, with a net balance reading of minus 61 on the demand gauge. By contrast, surveyors reported seeing demand rise for industrial buildings, a large part of which was for warehouse space for online shopping.

City AM (24/07/2019)

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Banks set for biggest mortgage lending period since 2007

High street banks agreed more than £50bn of mortgages to homebuyers in the first half of the year, up 10% on the first six months of 2018 and setting up lenders for their biggest year since 2007, according to data from UK Finance. The loans were offered to almost a quarter of a million homebuyers in the first six months, up 6% on the first half of 2018. The number of mortgages approved for house purchase rose to 42,653 in June, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, up from 42,407 in May and close to April’s two-year high of 42,792. Analysts said the spike in approvals could be attributed to the UK avoiding crashing out of the EU at the end of March. UK Finance added that gross mortgage lending in June was 4% lower than the same month last year, at £21.9bn, as a result of a dip in remortgaging.

The Daily Telegraph (24/07/2019)   The Times (24/07/2019)  

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Rockwell submits plans for quayside tower

Developer Rockwell has submitted plans the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to transform Quay House in the Docklands from a three-storey building into a 40-storey tower. The proposals include a 400 bedroom hotel and 279 serviced apartments. Rockwell said the tower would overlook Canary Wharf, and is consistent with the height range of other projects already under construction in the area. It also said the scheme has been designed to activate underused public spaces below the DLR and Admirals Way to improve the waterfront’s accessibility and aesthetic.

Property Week (17/07/2019)

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Top London home prices falling fastest amid UK slowdown

Detached homes in London fell in value by more than £50,000 in a year, according to official figures, driving the slowdown in UK house price growth. Typically, this type of property cost £903,088 in May last year, but fell by 6.1% to £847,998 by this May, Land Registry figures show. The prices of other property types in the capital also fell, but by less. The average home in the capital is now valued at £457,471. Just seven of London's 33 boroughs saw an increase in average sold prices in the past 12 months, including Newham, Hackney, and Barking and Dagenham. The London housing market has been affected by factors ranging from stamp duty and other tax changes to sentiment among buyers and sellers owing to Brexit. Annual property price rises overall in the UK slowed to 1.2% in May, from 1.5% the previous month.

BBC News (17/07/2019)   The Times (17/07/2019)   Evening Standard (18/07/2019)

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