The weekend's newspapers report on a flood of properties on the market, a rise in the number of flats being built and a tax inquiry at Wembley.
There's a whiff of spring in the Independent on Sunday this weekend, which reports that the seasonal housing rush is well under way, with thousands of properties flooding on to the market. Describing it as a "buyer's market", the IoS says that potential purchasers can look at up to 30 properties before putting in an offer. The Sunday Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraphsurveys the trends in housebuilding in the South-east, reporting that last year the number of flats built exceeded the number of houses. According to statistics from estate agent Savills, detached houses made up only 17% of new-build homes in the South-east in 2004, with flats making up 50%. Nationwide, the number of two-bedroom flats built this year is expected to be greater than the number of three-bedroom houses.
Elsewhere in The Sunday Telegraph, there is a call for planners to stop wasting money by knocking down old terraces, rather than refurbishing them. Social policy expert Anne Power says: "A huge amount of money is going into demolition, I have no idea why there can't be a rethink."
A pensioner tells the Sunday Mirror of his despair at the failure of County Kerry Council in Ireland to complete work it started on the road through his village after 26 years. Ninety-two-year-old Michael Flemming sold part of his land to the council in 1979 to accommodate the widening of the N72, but, according to the county engineer, there are still not funds to finish the job.
There's a whiff of spring in the Independent on Sunday this weekend, which reports that the seasonal housing rush is well under way, with thousands of properties flooding on to the market. Describing it as a "buyer's market", the IoS says that potential purchasers can look at up to 30 properties before putting in an offer.
A report in the financial pages of The Mail on Sunday says that the Inland Revenue is investigating contractors working on the Wembley stadium project, after learning that some subcontractors were allegedly being signed up as self-employed and paid in cash, told that tax was 50%, with the gangmaster pocketing the difference.
At least there is a breath of fresh air from RIBA president George Ferguson. He has penned a piece for The Observer this weekend, singing the praises of Bristol, which, he says, is the first city in west England to become truly independent of London.