Major planning reforms announced in Queen’s speech

As expected, the Queen's speech on 11 May unveiled far-reaching changes to the UK's planning system. 

The Queen's speech is the official reopening of Parliament for the next session, and is used to announce the government's key priorities for the coming year. This time round, changes to the planning system were high up the agenda. These reforms represent the most significant alterations to our planning laws in more than half a century, and have delighted and alarmed different interest groups in equal measure.

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Has Covid changed what we want from a home?

As life inches back towards normality, there are some signs that the Covid-related scramble for property purchases is beginning to ease off. The stamp duty holiday is coming towards its end and figures suggest the start of a welcome slowdown in house price growth. 

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SNP's Airbnb Regulation Plans Struggle to Gain Support

The Scottish National Party's (SNP) plans to regulate Airbnb properties in Scotland have been withdrawn from Scottish Parliament due to a lack of coherent support. While concerns over short-let properties rented out on Airbnb and similar websites remain, the Scottish government's plans failed to give Scottish councils the powers they need to strike a balance between short and long-term lets in the country. New plans are expected to be submitted later in 2021.

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Prime London property prices tumble during the pandemic

Property prices in some of London’s most exclusive areas have dropped significantly since the outbreak of coronavirus, claims one specialist property agency. Recent research from Astons analysed property prices in high-end areas like Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, comparing average sale prices from 2019 against those of 2020. 

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