Dunstable Town Centre

Does your commercial property have hidden development potential?

 A little-known change in the national planning regulations could mean your commercial property has new and highly lucrative development potential.  On 1st October this year a new class of permitted development (PD) rights came into place to enable the conversion of light industrial units (Use Class B1c) to residential use (Use Class 3).

At Deakin-White, we are Members of the national Land & New Homes Network, and we recognise this as an opportunity for many commercial property owners to benefit from the changes to the regulations.

This form of permitted development will benefit existing light industrial units, which are generally considered as small-medium sized businesses which can operate successfully in residential areas without being a detriment to the neighbouring area.  

Examples of these types of business include small workshops, repair workshops and similar non- intensive enterprises.

As a landowner you may wish to take advantage of exploring the value of your building within the framework of the new Permitted Development Rights and that’s something we at Deakin-White can certainly help you with.  Kevin Ellis, Founder of the Land & New Homes Network, highlighted the opportunities: “The recent regulation change offers owners of these light industry units an opportunity to explore the residential potential of their building, which for many would not have previously been possible.”

Things to consider include: The new PD rights won’t apply to all light industrial buildings.  Those located in certain protected areas, or form part of a protected curtilage are unlikely to be eligible for residential conversion under Class PA.

Sites which are exempt include: The existing floor space of the building exceeds 500 square metres. The site forms part of a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) The site is occupied under an agricultural tenancy, unless consent is given by both landlord and tenant.

There are several other things which need considering which we would be delighted to discuss with you.

 Are External Alterations Required?  Permitted development rights only apply where no external alterations are required to the building.  If external alterations are required to enable the conversion, i.e. window positions, cladding etc, planning permission will be required for those works.

We have a team of expert consultants, with experience in all areas of development and planning regulations waiting to help you.  If you think you have a site that falls into this category and would like to explore the development potential, then please get in touch with Deakin-White for an informal and confidential chat.

Dunstable Fireworks – Friday 3rd November 2017

Throughout 2017 here at Deakin-White we have been sponsoring Dunstable Town Councils Events for the residents of Dunstable and the surrounding area and the next event is this Friday 3rd November 2017 and it’s The Dunstable Firework Display and for the first time ever it’s FREE entry to this Firework Display. 

It’s being held at Creasey Park Community Football Centre just off Brewers Hill Road and the gates open at 5pm and the display will start at 7pm.

There will be a funfair and entertainment for all the family from 5pm, so wrap up warm and come and enjoy a great evening with us.

DJ Darren Jones of 1981 Events will be entertaining us on the night with music and there will be a fantastic fireworks display choreographed to music!  

For parking information please check out Dunstable Town Councils Website - http://www.dunstable.gov.uk/dunstable-fireworks-.htm#sthash.d1JCI9Ky.dpbs

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday 3rd November.  Another great reason to live in Dunstable – a FREE Fireworks Display for all the family.

Dunstable Downs

House Price Update In Dunstable – How Has It Changed?

When it comes to house prices, knowing the latest prices and values is of benefit but there needs to be context surrounding these prices and values. There needs to be other figures so you can make comparisons. This may be prices and values for other areas, if you are considering a range of locations to buy property in, or you may find that comparing current prices and values in an area with prices and values from a previous time will be of benefit. When it comes to considering trends or trying to calculate what will happen in the future, knowing what has happened in the past alongside what is happening in the present day can be helpful.

This is definitely the case if you are looking to find out more information about the property market in Dunstable. This charming market town may be located 30 miles from London but it can seem like a world away. However, it is still the largest settlement in the central Bedfordshire area and it is classed as the third largest area in Bedfordshire, behind Luton and Bedford. These facts are good reasons to consider the Dunstable property market and this means you should be looking for a house price update in Dunstable and considering how it has changed.

 

Dunstable prices are on the up

As of October 2017, the property value in Dunstable stands at £310,288 while the average price paid for property in the past 12 months stands at £276,922. In the past six months, the average price paid for Dunstable property is £285,952 while the average price paid for property in Dunstable in the past three months stands at £281,750.

It is sometimes not wise to review price changes over such a small time frame because one or two outliers can have a big influence but in comparison to the prices over the past year, there is enough to suggest that prices are rising in Dunstable at the moment. It has been another challenging year in the UK property market but at the moment, prices are rising across the country (well perhaps not in London which experienced a fall in September) and Dunstable certainly looks to be on the up.

For reference, the average price paid for Dunstable property in the past five years is £238,353 and the figure for the past decade stands at £223,411.

 

Bedfordshire property market has a lot to offer

With respect to Bedfordshire as a whole, the average value of property, as of October 2017, stands at £308,688 and in the past 12 months, the average price paid for property stands at £290,997. This is a sum close to £15,000 higher than the Dunstable average. In the past six months, the average price paid for Dunstable property stands at £301,295 while in the past three months, the average price has risen to £309,744.

The same caveats to studying price changes over a small period of time apply here but there is a lot to be said that the property market in Dunstable, and Bedfordshire on the whole, is on the up.

 Whatever move you are looking to make in the Dunstable property market, this information should be of interest to you and will hopefully allow you to make an informed decision, whatever you decide to. When you need assistance or guidance in the Dunstable property market, be sure to rely on Deakin-White.

 

It’s exciting when someone has booked through Deakin-White to view your property. They like what they’ve seen online – the pictures and the supporting floorplan have aroused this buyer’s curiosity to take a look in person.

Your work has just started because presentation really does matter. It will involve a little extra work, but if your property sells quickly, then the effort has been worth it. It’s time to impress.

Occasionally we have accompanied people on viewings and the presentation has let the property down, leaving a negative impression. It is true that some interested viewers can see past the clutter and dirty clothes, however, achieving the best presentation possible is preferable.

We can give you the best advice on presentation – why not utilise our experience to help you sell your property quickly and efficiently:

Kerb appeal
Prior to the appointment being booked, potential buyers will look at your property before confirming their appointment. Do think of the external aspect of your home so if the garden could do with a tidy, windows need cleaning or small items of DIY (i.e. painting, repairing of wood) can be quickly implemented.

First impressions
When someone walks in, we found the more light that is coming into the property the more enthusiastic people are. This will mean drawing the curtains and letting in the light and turning on all lights and lamps.  
If you can open the windows for a period, this will add the fresh feel to your property. Make sure coats and shoes are tidied away and are out of site, and magazines, post and newspapers are similarly out of view. Make sure children’s toys are packed away tidily and that the TV and radio are not on.  A few flowers, in vases, can add to the experience.  Finally, if you have pets, do you have a friendly/family member neighbour who could look after your dog or cat? Your tastes in domestic pet might not be the choice of the visitors, especially if they’re allergic to pet hair.

Bedrooms
Viewers are going to appreciate you live in your property, but please do put all dirty laundry in the washing basket and make the beds. Don’t forget to open the curtains. Remember you are trying to sell the property.  
Put books and reading matter away tidily; just think what you’d like to see as you walk around a property.  A dust and a vacuum before you go to work is good practice, in case you get a last-minute viewing when you’re unavailable.

Bathrooms and toilets
We love toiletries, sponges, toothbrushes and make up – they help us look beautiful. However, this accumulated array can add clutter. Tidy it away – it will only be temporary. Tidy the towels, clear around bath/shower and toilet and make sure the bathroom and toilet(s) are clean. If you can, open the window to remove any stale odours.

Kitchen
Clean the surfaces, cupboard fronts and appliances. Ensure all foods had for breakfast/lunch/dinner are tidied away, and the crockery that you’ve used is washed up and placed back in the cupboard it came from. 
Give the floor a clean and ensure all doors are closed. Clear any family mementoes or clutter into a safe place until you’ve sold. Don’t forget, this is for a brief period whilst the process of viewing and selling your property is in full swing.

Garden
A green/outdoor space is a plus for many buyers, so make best use of your space, if you have one. Make sure the garden areas are tidy, rubbish is collected and ready for collection. Do cut the grass at least once a week and give a trim to any out-of-control bushes and trees.  
If you can, put some pots with seasonal colour out. It does inspire visitors. Don’t forget to clear away any pet mess. Finally, if you have children, make sure their toys and bikes are packed safely away out of sight, if possible.

A Night At The Movies, Saturday 17 June from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm at Grove House Gardens

This Saturday Dunstable Town Council & Deakin-White present another great FREE event for all the family to enjoy.  Pop down to Grove House Gardens from 3pm with your deck chairs and picnic and enjoy an evening of great bands playing a variety of music from the movies.

 

3.00 PM - A Band Apart

The Quentin Tarantino Tribute Band

A Band Apart formed with the intention of bringing life once more to the great tunes from the iconic Tarantino cult films, from Reservoir Dogs to Kill Bill.

 

4.10 PM - Movies Mayhem

Lights, camera and action as this fantastic show brings to life the sounds of the big screen. This non-stop movie tribute act features some of the best loved soundtracks from your all-time favourite movies including Fame, Bond, Footloose and Pretty Woman to name just a few.

 

5.20 PM - Bootleg Blues Brothers

Direct from the hit touring production, these two renowned soul singers recapture the lunacy, music and the essence that is The Blues Brothers!

Enjoy all the hits from the film and a whole lot more in a show that is the best of its kind. The Bootleg Blues Brothers are without doubt, THE top UK Blues Brothers Tribute!

 

6.30 PM - A Night at the Movies

A live stage show re-creating classic movie moments. Hit Songs from Rock ‘n’ Roll in Grease, to perfect “ABBA” pop from Mamma Mia, and from Dirty Dancing to Saturday Night Disco Dancing

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