Developers have unveiled plans to install aluminium fins on the "Walkie-Talkie" to prevent the sun's rays reflecting from the skyscraper.
Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group have submitted a planning application to the City of London for a brise soleil system.
The system will prevent solar glare by absorbing sunlight, they said.
Two councils have been named in Parliament for misapplying Article 4 directions in a bid to prevent office-to-home conversions under new permitted development rights introduced last year.
The planning authorities – Islington Council in London and Broxbourne Borough Council in Hertfordshire – were named in a Commons statement by Planning Minister Nick Boles who said that a small minority of town halls were “trying to undermine” Government policy designed to provide more homes.
The government could see as much £4.3tn written off the value of properties in high flood-risk areas unless it rethinks the way insurance and mortgages are going to be provided for such vulnerable areas.
The warning came as peers urged the government to revise plans to exclude up to 5m households from its proposals to provide subsidised insurance to households in areas of high flood risk.
The number of homeowners failing to make their mortgage repayments and having their properties repossessed has fallen to the lowest level in six years, amid a decline in unemployment and low borrowing rates.
Mortgages ending in repossession were down 15% to 28,900 last year, representing 0.26% of outstanding mortgages, according to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). It was the lowest since 2007, before Britain felt the full force of the financial crisis, which took hold in 2008 and intensified with the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers in September that year.
The number of tenants in England and Wales forcibly evicted from their homes last year after court action reached a record high.
Some 37,739 private and public sector tenants had their homes repossessed by court bailiffs in 2013, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.
That is the highest number since records began in the year 2000.
Landowners are increasingly benefiting from development uplift in land values – but must plan carefully to avoid hefty tax bills.
“The past 18 months have seen a flurry of farmers looking at developing land, following the radical change in planning rules in favour of development,” says Neil Cox, senior rural services manager at accountant Old Mill. “This, combined with delays among many local authorities to complete their Local Development Plan, means a number of parcels of land that previously would not have been identified for development have successfully secured planning permission.”
There has been a marked improvement in the number of empty shops on the UK's High Streets, research suggests.
The Local Data Company, which monitors more than 2,000 town and shopping centres and retail parks, said average vacancy rates were below 14% for the first time in four years.
West Ham have agreed to sell Upton Park to London developer the Galliard Group once they have completed their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
The Hammers said they chose the group for its "close links to the community".
The percentage of planning applications approved by local authorities is now at its highest point since 1999 says EMW, the commercial law firm.
The latest statistics*show an approval rate of 89% for all planning applications (commercial and residential) submitted to local authorities. This compares with an 83% approval rate for planning applications decided at the beginning of the financial crisis in Q2/Q3 2008.
First-time buyers are being encouraged to jump on to the property ladder with ever more controversial deals. The latest is the offer of a £250,000 apartment in east London for a down payment of £2,000 on a credit card, sparking fears of a return to easy credit.
But while would-be buyers should beware of overstretching their finances, they also need to consider carefully which type of property to buy, as unexpected costs and the difficulty of getting a mortgage risk turning a buyer's dream into a nightmare. Here we take a look at some popular options, and what you need to know before you start house hunting.
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