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City Council to develop an acre plot which could create 56 new jobs

Posted on 25th November 2018 in Uncategorized

An empty patch of land could become home for new and expanding businesses looking to be part of a highly-successful international business park.

Plymouth City Council is to develop an acre plot at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford so that it can house more small or medium-sized businesses in ready to work space.

A decision is being signed this week that will give the green light to a ‘direct development’ scheme designed to create or support around 56 full time jobs.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “We have been incredibly successful with our direct development schemes. We know there is a shortage of good modern offices and industrial units, so we are building them ourselves and businesses are flocking to them.”

Under the proposal, the council would build around 1,799 square metres of high quality commercial workspace using sustainable technology to minimise carbon emissions and running costs. This could including solar photovoltaic panels, better insulation, lighting and highly efficient heating systems.

When complete, the premises will form part of the council’s property portfolio, helping to bring in rental income into the city’s services. As it falls within the city boundaries, the businesses would also contribute business rates to Plymouth.

The city has a number of ‘direct development’ schemes including Oceansgate at Devonport which specialises in marine technology companies and Hearder Court at Langage Business Park which has recently been completed and has six units available to let ranging in size from 193 to 1,015 square metres.

Council Evans, said: “We are being proactive – stepping in and making things happen. One of our pledges is to build more factories and work space and why? because it means securing jobs, encouraging businesses to invest and stay here – as well as  earn a long term steady income for the Council.”

The decision seeks approval authorise expenditure and progress the procurement process. The Council will oversee the project with a a full professional team appointed to develop the scheme to detailed planning stage

The scheme will then be tendered on a traditional design and build basis.

Plymouth International Business Park is a well-established and popular location for employment space and good modern premises are in short supply.

Organisations already based there include The Peninsula Radiology Academy, Biovault Technical, the UK’s leading and largest private tissue bank and K2 Medical Systems.

It is in the north of Plymouth which is set to grow significantly over the next 15 years. Nearby the new Range Headquarters office and training facility and new store is currently being built.

What Impression are you giving?

Posted on 30th October 2014 in Photography, Plymouth Property, Property

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What Impression are you giving?

Agency photography really can be the difference between selling your property and being on the market for the next 6 months.  The article below will summarise a few keys areas to consider when choosing your agent and putting your home on the market.

The Front Photo:

The front photo is arguably one of the most important as it is the first thing that the potential purchaser will see when browsing Rightmove, Zoopla or Prime Location. Having a bright blue sky as opposed to taking a photo on a rainy day is of Paramount importance. For the sake of a day or 2 waiting for the opportunity to have a blue sky front photo could be the difference between standing out and getting lost amongst the other uploads. The front photo where possible should accurately display the frontage of the house, this will allow the potential purchaser to have a clear mind of what the property looks like and the external condition.

Is your agent content to leave an untidy room on display?

 As an agent it is our responsibility to highlight each and every room to our best ability, from the entrance vestibule to the main living quarters.  Moving objects and/or furniture to highlight the size of a room for the photography is always advisable. As a vendor it is always handy to be present for photography as you can discuss with your agent the layout of a room and if anything needs to be altered within the room in order to get the best photo.

Having a good tidy up the night before your photography appointment is again a key part of selling your home. Ultimately the more items you have on display that look out of place could be telling the potential purchaser that the property is small and lacks storage space. Whether this is accurate or not you have to be mindful of what message your property is sending out.

For me personally I am enthusiastic about all of the photography I present to the public, having an agent who is content to show an untidy room shows laziness and if they are prepared to be lazy with your photography, what else will take a back seat….

How can I ensure my photo’s stand out?

The best tip I can give any potential vendor considering selling their home in the near future is to regularly have a look on the market, have a look at all the properties on display and avoid the agent’s whose photos you don’t like. At Cross Keys we value our photography and have gone to great lengths to ensure the equipment we use is of the highest standard. Having a good camera with the capacity to show the full room makes all the difference.

To summarise the points above barely scratch the surface of what it takes to sell a home, however it is important that you consider all aspects of your home and its presentation. Taste is subjective and ultimately you have to accept that you cannot please everybody. By implementing small changes you can appeal to the majority and ultimately the more people you have come to view the property, the increased chance you have to sell for the best price.

Written by Rob Down, Estate Agent at Cross Keys Estates in Plymouth

 

9% Great Yielding Flat in Fegan Road

Posted on 21st June 2014 in Buy-to-let Property, Plymouth Property

Stuart Donnington from the Property Group in Plymouth comments on his views of the Buy-to-let market in Plymouth.

I have come across the following little gem courtesy of Connells. They have a 2 bedroom flat in the Fegan Road, St Budeaux area with a asking price of £70,000.The flat might not be to everyone’s cup of tea, and ture capital growth might not be that great, but you should be able to let that flat to LHA tenants for the 2 bedroom LHA rate which is £525PCM. The flat itself internally looks smart and no work would be required in order to get the property ready to let. The flat was last sold in 2005 for £71,500.

If you can get the property for a little cheaper at around the £65,000 your looking at a great yield of 9.7%, even at the £70,000, the yield would be 9%, still not bad.

I know, I know there is a little more to property investment than great yields, some capital growth would be nice too.

For more information on the best local properties view the Plymouth Property Portal www.plymouthproperty.co.uk or contact Stuart direct on 01752 710747 or visit his website http://www.the-property-group.co.uk

Plymouth Property House Prices

Posted on 5th April 2014 in Plymouth Property, Uncategorized

THE average price of a house in Plymouth is now back up to the value it was before the market crashed.

Soaring property prices have left Plymouth homes worth nearly as much as during the 2007 high, which marked the end of the last boom, a new survey shows.

Prices are eight per cent up year-on-year to April, according to Nationwide, meaning the average home in Plymouth is now £177,198. The national average is £178,124.

Confidence in the economy and government initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme have all helped kick start the market, according to property experts. But one estate agent says that Plymouth has been slow to catch up with other cities. Roger Punch, the South West spokesman for land and property experts RICS, said: “It started to take effect elsewhere way back last year and caused the market to warm up and really get going. But it’s only just starting to reach us.”

By Lisa Clark from the Evening Herald