Coun­cils’ sec­ond thoughts

New leg­is­la­tion brings in the pos­si­bil­ity of no coun­cil tax dis­counts for ad­di­tional homes

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - THE VOICE OF PROP­ERTY Beverley Brown

LEG­IS­LA­TION to re­move the au­to­matic coun­cil tax dis­count for sec­ond homes has been laid in Par­lia­ment, paving the way for fur­ther re­forms due to take ef­fect from April 2017.

This change will give coun­cils the op­tion of of­fer­ing no dis­count for sec­ond homes, arm­ing them with an­other lever to en­cour­age bet­ter use of hous­ing stock in their ar­eas. While the news may not be well re­ceived by sec­ond home­own­ers, if all coun­cils were to re­move dis­counts it could gen­er­ate up to £3 mil­lion of ad­di­tional rev­enue across the coun­try.

Devel­op­ment cel­e­brated

A GROUND­BREAK­ING hous­ing devel­op­ment in Coat­bridge by Dun­das Es­tates has been named Best Res­i­den­tial Devel­op­ment in Cen­tral Scot­land in the UK Prop­erty Awards 2016-2017.

This is the third ma­jor in­dus­try award for Calder­wood Vil­lage, which will now com­pete against the best prop­erty across the UK in a bid to se­cure the same cat­e­gory on a na­tional level.

Calder­wood is the first ‘Yours’ Sus­tain­able Com­mu­nity in Scot­land – a unique devel­op­ment fo­cused on com­mu­nity spirit, with im­por­tance placed on street plan­ning, out­door space and a Com­mu­nity Hub avail­able for use by all res­i­dents.

Plans are in place to ex­pand the vil­lage to pro­vide 350 fam­ily homes once com­plete.

Putting Chil­dren 1st

BAR­RATT Homes East Scot­land has raised an im­pres­sive £25,000 – more than dou­ble its £10,000 tar­get – for Scot­land’s na­tional chil­dren’s char­ity, Chil­dren 1st, the house builder’s cho­sen char­ity of the year.

To date, money has been raised from a spon­sored walk and cy­cle and a Munro climb.

Mean­while, a youth foot­ball team from Dyce now has a smart new look thanks to spon­sor­ship from Bar­ratt North Scot­land, which has funded new team strips in time for the start of the foot­ball sea­son.

What makes a home?

SAV­ILLS has launched a Mov­ing Sto­ries cam­paign to ex­plore the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween homes and home own­ers with funny, sad and bit­ter­sweet per­sonal re­flec­tions on mov­ing out, mov­ing in and mov­ing on.

The cam­paign uses so­cial me­dia - in­clud­ing blogs – to ask clients, con­tacts, friends and fam­ily for sto­ries that il­lus­trate the theme: What makes a house a home and why does it mat­ter so much?

See those re­ceived to date at www.sav­ills.­thor/207693/Mov­ing%20 Sto­ries

PLAN­NING AHEAD: Dun­das Es­tates took home the Best Res­i­den­tial Devel­op­ment in Cen­tral Scot­land ti­tle at the UK Prop­erty Awards for Calder­wood Vil­lage.

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