Homes & Gardens

Household vans able to use recycling centres this week

Restrictions at Devon’s Recycling Centres are to be eased further this week, with personal vans allowed to bring household waste from Wednesday 24 June. Vans will need to pre-book their visit at three of the county's busiest sites.

To ensure the recycling centres have...




Fly tippers face hefty fines in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Fly-tippers in Plymouth will now face £400 fixed penalty notices.

The decision has now been approved to impose the maximum level allowed under new powers granted to local authorities by the government last month.

Fixed penalty notices of £400, reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days, will now be issued for small-scale offences such as dumping waste, bags of rubbish, pieces of...

Housing Plymouth event returns

Authored by Mary

Housing Plymouth, Plymouth’s biggest housing event is coming back to the Piazza for a second year.

Housing Plymouth is a free open event, for anyone to come along and explore their housing options.

The housing market used to be simple, you either rented or you bought. However, there are new schemes and initiatives such as Help to Buy, Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy, which are...

60% of under 45s in SW left behind by housing crisis

Authored by Mary

New research from housing charity Shelter reveals 59% of 18-44 year olds in the South West say they will be forced to put their lives on hold because of housing problems.

The Shelter and YouGov study of adults under 45 was carried out as part of the charity’s Great Home Debate. It revealed the housing shortage is reshaping how many people in the South West live their lives and creating...

Gardeners beware! 2016 heralds the year of the Sleepless Superslug

Authored by Mary

Wyevale Garden Centres is warning the gardeners of Britain to prepare for an increase of supersized slugs this spring, thanks to our unseasonably mild winter.

Due to a change in recent weather patterns and a lack of hard frost, our slug population is booming. Unlike snails, slugs are active above 5°c and Britain’s mild winter means they’ve been awake for a longer season than usual and...

Right to Buy extension will cost SW councils millions

Authored by Mary

The average council in the South West will need to pay a staggering £19.4 million a year to the government to fund their flagship Right to Buy extension, new research by Shelter reveals today.

The policy, now being put through parliament as part of the government’s Housing and Planning Bill, would force local authorities to sell off a proportion of their council houses on the open...

Is this the shortest commute in Plymouth?

Authored by Mary

Most people are only too pleased to get as far away from work as possible after a tough eight hour day.

But not property saleswoman Liz Anning, who loved the houses she was selling so much that she bought one for herself.

Now 40-year-old Liz is benefiting from one of the shortest ‘commutes’ in the south west – a journey which takes less than two minutes door-to-door.


Plymouth’s Plan for Homes wins top planning award

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Council’s ‘Plan for Homes’ has won a top regional planning award and has been shortlisted for a national award.

Plan for Homes won the overall award in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence. It has also been shortlisted for an RTPI national award in the category ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing’.

Phil Bisatt,...

Plans submitted for executive homes in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Leading housebuilder Charles Church Cornwall has submitted two planning applications for more than 60 new homes in Plymouth.

Charles Church, which recently opened a new regional office in Launceston, wants to build 27 houses in the Seaton neighbourhood and a further 36 houses at Plymstock Quarry.

Outline planning permission has already been granted at both sites.


Free central heating for Devon residents

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Devon residents who have been feeling the cold this winter are being urged to apply for a free central heating system.

Government grant money is available for a limited time to help eligible Devon households to install a new gas central heating system.

The CosyDevon Central Heating Fund is supported by the local authorities, and managed by their scheme partners E.ON, AgilityEco...

First time buyers in the South West will need £51,000 salary to afford an average home by 2020, warns Shelter

Authored by Mary

Typical first time buyers will need to earn £51k a year by 2020, new research by housing and homelessness charity Shelter shows. This is more than 30% more than the £38k needed for a typical first time buyer’s mortgage today.

On top of this they would need a typical deposit of £47,000 to keep up with rocketing house prices in the region, which are projected to rise to £236,000 over the...