Plans Move Forward As Liverpool City Centre Looks To Home New High-Speed Rail Station

Robert Elstone, Everton’s Chief Executive, is looking at leading plans for Liverpool City Centre to become the home of a new high-speed train station.  This will look to connect Liverpool with various locations across the UK and cut the time of transport down between these destinations.  These locations include London, Leeds, Newcastle and other stations in the North of England. 

Liverpool is already home to Lime street Station which is the main station connecting Liverpool to various destinations up and down the UK.  However, it has been said that Lime Street will not be able to cope with the extra traffic that would arise from the new connections from the HS2 to London and Northern Powerhouse rail line across the north.  As well as not being able to accommodate the HS2 and NPR trains which would need to be linked up to the local transport that is already set up.

It is likely that a new “architecturally stunning” station which will be built as a modern equivalent of Lime Street.  There are no fixed ideas to where the location of this new station could be but there are suggestions that it will likely be in the Lime Street area so that existing transport links can be connected. 

However, there are talks that the commission will have to look further afield and potentially look at sites near Lime Street, such as areas from St Johns Shopping Centre to near Universities as well as the former Exchange Station.  The latter is the not the preferred site of talk but is a strong entrant for the station as fewer destructions would be needed as most of the site is vacant.  The high-speed line would have to take a different route into the city and would have to curve around certain roads if it was built in the Exchange station but would not impose on the cityscape. 

In order to help it add up financially, the new station will have to include commercial buildings, recreation and leisure facilities, office accommodation as well as a shopping centre in what can already be described as a crowded part of the city.

Already this is looking to be a complex project with the planning for the new Liverpool train station and the high-speed line taking a large amount of money and time.  The Government hasn’t even given the green light to the plans yet but that has not stopped Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham and his team ploughing away with planning the new station.  He stated that the proposals will “bring hugely significant social and economic benefits” even though it will be a challenging project.

In order to get the plans moving the Metro Mayor will issue a statement about a proposal to start a station commission at the International MIPIM property festival in France.  This commission will be managed by Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton Football Clubs Director and CEO, who is leading the Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium Project.

With the high-speed lines reducing journey times, journeys to Manchester would be cut to 23 minutes from 49 minutes and London journeys to 1hr 30 from 2hrs 30 via the HS2.  This would mean that it would make space for freight services on current lines.

Its hoped that if the plans go ahead that the income of the city’s economy would rise by £15bn and create thousands of jobs. Transport for the North gave its official backing in January 2019, but the proposal would still need a huge Government endowment to make it possible.

Lauren Williams, Pali Ltd
www.paliltd.com

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Pali Launches SDLT/LTT and AP1 System

Pali’s new post-completion system enables conveyancers and support staff to submit their SDLT, Welsh LTT and AP1 forms via the Pali platform, streamlining post-completions tasks and processes through one single secure sign-on, helping them to complete all the required tasks more quickly & efficiently.

Our user-friendly smart platform is seamlessly integrated with all government websites such as HMRC, WRA, Land Registry and Companies House to enable conveyancers to submit AP1 and MR01/4 forms. Auto- filled forms remove the need to continuously re-key data, reducing errors and requisitions, saving valuable time and hassle. Fully GDPR compliant at individual form level, ensuring safe efficient use of data with a permanent audit trail and easy access to information.

With the recent changes to the timeframe conveyancers have to file Stamp Duty Land Tax Return reducing from 30 days to 14 days, Pali’s new post-completion system couldn’t have come at a better time. The system enables solicitors, conveyancers and support staff across England and Wales to submit their SDLT or LTT and AP1 forms via the Pali Platform in a quick and easy way using advanced time-saving tools. The newly reduced time frame of 14 days does not apply to Wales, however the Pali system will detect whether the property is English or Welsh. Unique to Pali, users can eSubmit Welsh Land Transaction Tax returns, enabling users to manage LTT Submissions alongside the English SDLT equivalents, drastically easing administration burdens. Commercial conveyancers can easily submit MR01 and MR04 forms online to Companies House.

Pali’s latest development means clients can now manage the whole process from quote to completion achieving maximum digital efficiency, freeing up valuable time to concentrate on client service and outcomes.     

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Homeowner Forced To Pay 40,000 Pound For Cutting Down A Protected Tree In The Garden Of His 1 Million Pound Home

Samuel Wilson cut down a protected 42ft oak tree as it impeded sunlight from a new balcony before getting reported to the council.  He has been forced to pay almost £40,000, which is said to be the value that the chopping has added to his property as well as other costs.

This wealthy homeowner was told to repay £21,000 to the taxpayer, this amounted to the cost of what the prohibited act had added to the worth of his £1m Dorset residence.  On top of this he was further made to pay £15,000 in costs and then also charged £1,200 in fines.  Mr Wilson has now become the first person, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, that has been dealt with regarding a case that involved knocking down a tree to enhance light.

In 2016 a new balcony was added to Samuel Wilson’s lavish home in Canford Cliffs, Dorset.  However due to his south-west facing garden he later recognised that the balcony was shaded by the tree.  Due to a Tree Preservation Order, before cutting it down he should have requested approval from the Local Authority. Nevertheless, he chopped off 12ft branches in order to let sunlight onto the balcony of his property. 

Pictured is the front of the £1 million house in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset, with the damaged tree facing the back garden
Image taken from The Daily Mail of Mr Wilson’s £1m Dorset Property

The size and placing of the oak tree meant that it stopped the balcony, which faces over the back garden, getting any sunlight as it is meters ahead. Due to this Mr Wilson then decided to remove some of the branches of the tree so that the balcony did have some sunlight.

Mr Wilson’s neighbour informed the devastation that he had caused to Poole Council who later launched an investigation.  After appearing at Bournemouth Crown Court, he pled guilty to causing wilful damage to a protected tree and was subsequently fined £1,200 for the offence.

He was told by Judge Johnathon Fuller QC “I am satisfied that in this case there has been a benefit and will adopt the lower valuation of £21,750.” This was picked after two council surveyors stated that the value of the house now had an added value between £21,750 and £30,000.

Lauren Williams, Pali Ltd
www.paliltd.com

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Invitation To Free CPD Conveyancing Webinar

Pali, in conjunction with Groundsure, would like to invite you to join our free Webinar presenting an in depth look at the Groundsure ‘Avista’.

When: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Time: 11:00
Duration: Approx 1 hour
CPD: 1 CPD point

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In this informative 1 hour webinar we will be covering the following:

  • Contaminated Land
  • Flood Risk
  • Ground Stability
  • Radon
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Planning Applications

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48 Million Pound South France Chateau Must Be Demolished Within 18 Months After Being Built Illegally

The owner of an idyllic chateau which hosted parties for the rich, high profile weddings and appeared on the X-factor has been told it must be knocked down after being built illegally on protected woodland in the French Riviera.  The Chateau Diter is located between Monaco and Cannes and surrounded by green hills and gardens.  The property which used to be a 2,700 sq. ft farm now is home to a Tuscan style property with two helipads and three pools which can host 2,000 party-goers.

Before it was built in 2005, Patrick Diter unsuccessfully gained planning permission needed therefore it meant that the property was subsequently built illegally.  Dissatisfied neighbours of Patrick Diter including a millionaire British couple, launched a legal battle which has now lasted fourteen years after their property became damaged and a tower and pavilion popped up on the site of the Chateau Diter. Mr and Mrs Butt, whose fortune is worth half a billion pounds, stated that they were given £15,000 in damages.

When the French businessman started hosting parties within the property this horrified Stephen and Caroline Butt, a British couple who are neighbours of the millionaire.  Caroline Butt told the Telegraph that she hoped Diter’s “construction frenzy” would stop after the desired ruling was given.

The property which was used by film production groups and oligarchs and their loved ones for over £40,000 per day now has 18 months to be knocked down.  Patrick Diter escaped a prison sentence; however, he has been fined over £350,000.  But this could rise by £500 a day if the property is not knocked down by the time the 18 months have come.

Image taken from The Daily Mail

The once farm which was infected with insects and snakes had to be cleaned up before the renovation was completed with trees being added to the woodland.  Diter said he was given verbal permission to expand the property to what it has become today.

However due to the protected wood, the court have found that a road to the property, a helipad, a swimming pool and 32,000 sq. ft of accommodation must be removed.  But the original building that stood before the expansion could remain.

When his daughter was born in 2000 Diter and his wife moved into the property before the renovation took place in 2015.  He gained the money for this renovation in 2004 when he sold 20 acres of land to Mr and Mrs Butt, who originally were on good terms with the French millionaire and his family.  Caroline stated that whenever they returned from trips to London there would be an additional structure or tower added.   

Mr Diter’s mansion has been labelled as “delusional and built illegally” by Pierre-Jean Gaury, a Prosecutor as it was a violation of the urban planning regulations.  In 2016 he was compared to ‘motorists who drive without a licence’ by a different court official as they said that Mr Diter retained the wrong permits to build, he property on his site.  However, Patrick Diter stated that the reason he had been reported by Mr and Mrs Butt was due to the reason they were “jealous” of his property because he had “built something better than him.”

Anne-Marie Sohn reported the missing permit to the local authorities after she started to investigate into it when she noticed that building equipment was knocking into the wall of her property. 

The property is alleged to have accommodated numerous weddings including, Mirco Bergamasco, an Italian Rugby Player, as well as tycoon Kimi Grover who wed his son with many Bollywood film stars attending.  The Crossing, an American crime series, also featured the property in some of their episodes.

Lauren Williams, Pali Ltd
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Wallasey pub set to be demolished and replaced with new housing

A 19th Century pub in Wallasey village, The Ship Inn, is going to be demolished after plans were submitted to the Council last week.  The plans are to turn the pub into a luxury new set of three-storey houses, each which will have 3 bedrooms, roof terraces and courtyards. 

The building locked its doors for good around Christmas 2017, after a short period of being closed while searching for new management. However, to many local’s disappointment, the search was unsuccessful.

Image taken from Google Maps

Back in September 2017, an application had been made to replace the pub with a single house on the land, but more recently another application was submitted for the new development to consist of multiple homes on the site.

Each of the proposed new residences are expected to be three storeys high. Due to the steep slope on the site, the developers are hoping to work with the gradient to minimise the excavation work. The front of each property is expected to be half a storey lower than the rear.   

In the statement submitted by Goodwin Construction Group together with the application, they pointed out that the development’s location is ideal for workers commuting to Liverpool. The various transports routes such as train, bus and ferry all have links to the city. The location is also within walking distance of local schools and shops which makes this location perfect for young families.

Janette Williamson, Councillor for the Labour Party, said that she would always be happy to welcome new housing within the area.  It’s hoped that by building these new properties and restricting the parking, it would promote a more environmentally friendly way to commute. It’s been said that some of the community are saddened by the decision as they were hoping that new management would be found so that the pub could re-open and be given a new lease of life. 

Lauren Williams, Pali Ltd
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Protests over 200 Million Pound Hoylake Golf Resort

An intense meeting took place on Monday in Wallasey town hall which saw the Labour Group file a motion which was later passed.  The motion was filed in a hope to call for one the council’s scrutiny committees to look at all details of the plan before making any submissions to the cabinet.  The meeting was scheduled to discuss plans for Celtic Manor Resort, which would work alongside the current one already in Wales, saw hundreds of protesters assembled at the town hall to voice their concerns over the scheme. 

The plans were first put forward in 2016, following which the council agreed to help the scheme with £26m of prudential borrowing. This was alongside the £600,000 the council spent on reports and surveys, which has now meant that the scheme is now looking at having an estimated value of £200m.  Developers Nicklaus Joint Venture Group (NJVG) who are heading the plans, saw roughly 250 people gathered outside with banners and signs in order to influence the council’s opinion to throw out the plans.

Two out of the three motions that were presented and subsequently voted upon by each party looked like a way to “kill off” the plan for the Golf Resort.   Speaking to the council, Councillor Chris Blakeley, the Conservative representative, stated that there is “widespread concern” over the plans as he believed that they were “folly”.  These concerns included a “massive public opposition and financial risks to the tax payer” as well as concerns towards the green belt.  However, what was said was not enough for Cllr Blakeley which saw his motion defeated by one vote, while the Labour parties’ motion, which wanted more analysis, was passed by 3 votes.

The meeting has all come about since an area of the Green Belt is looking at homing the £200m Hoylake Golf Resort plan, which is one of two Green Belt sites within the Hoylake and Meols area, with this site being the larger of the two.  The plans are said to include a 90-room hotel, a health club, spa, two 18-hole golf courses, a golf academy as well as residential development.

Margaret Greenwood, West Wirral MP, was subject to a leaked email that showed her concerns about the plans, as she received 560 messages opposing the plans versus 31 in favour, to all Labour councillors.  Her letter asked members to think “very carefully about the issues” which would affect the future of Hoylake and that “people value the green belt highly”.  However, since then the party’s Local Campaign Forum has since announced its objection.

Benefits have been spoken about to which the main point being that hundreds of jobs will be created within the immediate term, with this figure then rising to around three hundred.  The hotel capacity would also increase investment to the surrounding local businesses as it is hoped that there could be an influx of roughly 250,000 visitors annually. It has been said that when the project has finished, which if started would be looking at to start in 2020 and finished in 2027, that it “will be completely self-funding” and that the council would “earn out of it.”  Cllr Davies has spoke on how if the plans were to be abandoned then it could send the wrong message to visitors to the Wirral who could believe that it is closed for business and so reduce the income for the city. 

The main argument against these plans is down to the green belt being the focus for this construction.  The green belt is specific zones which are designated to retain large aspects of underdeveloped, wild or agricultural land so that urban growth is controlled. 

Lauren Williams, Pali Ltd
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Wirral Council Buys Cinema for Seven Million Pounds in Bid to Help Struggling Town

Wirral Council’s attempt to “completely reshape and reinvigorate the town” has come at a costly price, due to recently buying the seven-screen Vue Cinema in Birkenhead for £7.1m.  If it is approved by the cabinet, despite needing £45m of savings over the next year, it is hoped to be a “steam of income” for the local authority. 

Budget documents are set to be discussed by the council’s cabinet and if this is approved, they will be put to full council for final approval.

Image taken from Google Maps

The building, situated in Conway Park, is believed to be getting knocked down due to a wide regeneration scheme to help transform what once was a bustling high street to become a place “people can talk about.”

As a bid to “secure its immediate future” the authority took control over Birkenhead market which was the first time this has happened in fifteen years.  This has meant that the local authority is now seen to have ‘a massive footprint of land’ after they retake the leasehold for Birkenhead Market and buy the Europa Buildings.

Wirral Council have claimed that Birkenhead will be “massive” after plans for the £1bn regeneration.  These plans include a new purpose-built market, meaning the existing market is likely to be destroyed, and other proposals such as new offices, homes and a new leisure centre. 

It is hoped that these plans will generate thousands of jobs and so have a positive outcome for Birkenhead, however it’s not known if the proposals will include another cinema.

This development will see developers Muse working alongside the council in a hope to “radically re-think what Birkenhead town centre will be like for residents and visitors through Wirral Growth Company.”

The recent encouraging headlines and publicity on the Wirral have helped to attract possible investors said Eric Robison, council CEO.

He also stated, “You’ll have read about us being the happiest place in the North West and read about us having the most desirable postcode in Britain according to the Post Office, CH63, as well as great schools and so on.” 

The above shows how there are a variety of positives about the Wirral and hopefully with the investors knowing this it should attract more investments as well as new residents within the area.

Not everyone agrees with the plans though as leader of the Conservative group said “For eight years, Labour has told us there is no money left – no money for road safety and no money for road and pavement repairs.”

However, it is looking more than likely that the budget will increase to “over £70m plus over the next five years.”  Features for this budget include investing £1.3 buying “key properties” within New Ferry which was devastated in March 2017 with a huge explosion.

Lauren Williams, Pali Ltd
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Invitation to Free Webinar on the Groundsure Homebuyers – including what to do next!

Pali, in conjunction with Groundsure, would like to invite you to join our free Webinar presenting a detailed guide to Groundsure Homebuyers – including practical steps on what to do next.

When: Tuesday 12th March 2019
Time: 11:00
Duration: Approx 1 hour
CPD: 1 CPD point

To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE 

In this informative 1 hour webinar we will be covering the following:

  • Informative overview of the Groundsure Homebuyers (environmental report for residential properties).
  • Practical guidance on what you should do if your report indentifies Contaminated land, Flood, Ground Stability or Radon Risks (using examples).

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From 1st March 2019 SDLT must be submitted and paid within 14 days of completion

Are you ready for this change?

As of 1st March 2019 the timeframe to submit a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) return, and pay any SDLT due, will reduce from 30 days to 14 days from the effective date of the transaction. Pali’s recently launched Post Completion System enables solicitors, conveyancers and support staff across England and Wales to submit their SDLT or LTT and AP1 forms via the Pali Platform in a quick and easy way using advanced time-saving tools. The soon to be reduced timeframe of 14 days does not apply to Wales however, and by utilising the Pali system this will help keep timelines in order as the system will detect whether the property in question is English or Welsh, making it one less thing for you to worry about.

Pali made the decision to expand the functionality of their online system to allow their clients to complete all their tasks under one roof. Streamlining the post-completion process for users not only improves efficiency but Pali’s SDLT or LTT and AP1 application drastically reduces the risk of human error due to the high level of technology applied. Information is automatically passed across from the SDLT/LTT to the AP1 submission forms removing the need to re-key duplicate data thus saving valuable time. Furthermore, for Commercial conveyancers you can submit your MR01 and MR04 forms online and the system even incorporates the eSubmitting of Welsh Land Transaction Tax by enabling users to manage LTT Submissions along side the English SDLT equivalents.

There are many other benefits in using Pali’s SDLT and AP1 system including a full permanent audit trail, the facility to draft forms in advance and flexibility to skip between sections in no particular order.

  • Seamless integration with HMRC SDLT return or WRA LTT and Land Registry’s AP1 application process
  • Helps you comply with the Law Society rules
  • Easy to use as Same layout as paper version
  • Errors reported before submission attempt
  • HMRC online access not necessary to draft and process forms
  • Forms are never deleted unlike with HMRC, making your GDPR requirements easier to manage and administer
  • Can create multiple time-saving templates and stores details for re-use

By utilising Pali’s Post Completion System you can rest assured your SDLT/LTT and AP1 lodgements will be completed in the fastest, simplest way.

Pali’s latest development means clients can now manage the whole process from start to finish:

Once you have entered the initial information there is no need to enter it again. The data is automatically passed across every stage removing the need to continuously type the same details over and over again therefore speeding up the process and freeing up time for you to spend on more pressing matters. Everything is carried out from the same platform which acts as a ‘one stop shop’ and as we have integrated with Case Management Systems you only need to log in to one system, to access everything you need. If you use a Case Management System we haven’t integrated with we are more than happy to integrate with them.

For more information or to arrange a demonstration please contact a friendly member of the Pali team on 0800 023 5030 / search@paliltd.com

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