Radio play: Interiors

About a man showing people round his house...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d2q3z

Interiors
Johnny Vegas welcomes you to the tasteful home of Jeffrey Parkin.

"Now you may notice as we begin our tour in earnest that there are some design initiatives around the house that aren't, strictly speaking, finished... I terms of the decor I've been playing around with some ideas. Not all the colour schemes have been finalised yet but I think you'd all agree, that's a veritable bonus. Most of the hard work's done so I'm basically handing you a colour-by-numbers dream home come true. You just paint in between the guiding lines that my vision has provided you with, and you're laughing."
Interiors shines a mis-wired spotlight on the structural flaws exposed in the recent demise of the British property market and sparks on the revelation that a house really stands up or falls down on the basis of its human contents.
Based on an original play by Johnny Vegas, Stewart Lee and Rob Thirtle.
Directed by Dirk Maggs
Produced by Sally Harrison
A Woolyback Production for BBC Radio 4
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Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15

Affordable Homes Bill 2014-15 is making it's way through parliament. You can watch the progress here
Mr George’s Private Members’ Bill will include: -
i) Extension of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme or the creation of a new Affordable Homes Investment Bank to underpin the ‘intermediate’ market (shared equity/shared ownership/mutual housing) to construct a new lower rung on the housing ladder for those who cannot afford the full cost of full market ownership housing.
ii) Negating an effect of the spare room subsidy/‘bedroom tax’ – on basis that poor families are as entitled to a stable family home as better off families. This would limit the bedroom tax to exclude those who have been living at an address for more than 3 years and where disabled adaptations have been completed
iii) The introduction of a new ‘Use Class’ in the planning Use Classes Order for ‘non-permanent residential use’ (second homes) which would empower local planning authorities to control the number of second homes in their area. iv) Enhance powers of compulsory purchase for local authorities where either developers land bank development sites or fail to use sites for which planning permission has been granted but developments not advanced or where need for affordable homes cannot be met on ‘exception’ sites through community land auctions/trusts.
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Kate Bush’s house

Story here about Kate Bush's house Grief cliff: Massive landslip leaves Kate Bush's 17-acre home on Devon coast at risk of crumbling into the sea
House at risk since a ‘significant landslip’ last year

Devon County Council subsequently closed off a half-mile section of the coastline that runs by the foot of Kate’s land,
You could look through this list of footpath closures and see if you could track down where it was.
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Landfill near your home

Always worth taking a snoop aroud the local area, researching and reading up on things like landfill.
Robbie William's house is plagued by a smell from landfill according to this metro story

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Don’t use an estate agent…

Use HouseWeb to sell your house.

Since 1996 HouseWeb.com, the UK’s longest establish property web site, has been helping 1,000’s of homeowners sell their home with or without an estate agent, saving on average £5,500! A typical advert costs just 199 and stays on the site until the property is sold. A low cost solution to finding a buyer for your house.
They do have a free guide to selling your house which you can download here
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Gavin and Stacey house for sale

Gavin and Stacey house for saleGavin and Stacey house for sale - story on BBC about how the house used in Gavin and Stacey is up for sale. 47 Trinity Street in Barry, south Wales, which was used as the set for the home of Stacey's mother Gwen in the show, has a guide price of £125,000.
The house on rightmove
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Tops Tiles

Topps Tiles Plc have now extended their 15% discount to a range of new products, meaning that even more great Topps Tiles favourites are available for even less.
For instance you can now get Natural Stone Mosaic Tiles which were £9.99 for £8.49, you can also get Large Natural Stone Tiles which were £12.99 now at £10.61.
Don’t forget that when you spend over £250 on tiles, you get a free bottle of grout protector.
Plus bargains tiles:

Reflexo azul
 £0.07
Please note that this product is navy blue and has a gloss finish

Porcelanico Verde
 £0.10
Porcelain is the most durable product available it looks great as coordinating wall x26 floor as well as offering the hardwearing qualities that are inherent with porcelain Paired with glass or stone pieces for decoration a sophisticated look can be achieved Topps range is diverse and offers various colours sizes x26 styles it can be used in all areas of the homePorcelain is a highly desirable material that will effortlessly inject a touch of class into any homeA manmade material that is renowned for its strength and durability Porcelain is both versatile and available in a wide variety of finishes colours and sizesIn its natural form Porcelain has a smooth matt or honed surface but it can also be textured to replicate stone or wood

Porcelanico Rosa
 £0.10
Available in Black Rojo Verde Carrara Crema Travertino Azul x26 RosaPorcelain is the most durable product available it looks great as coordinating wall x26 floor as well as offering the hardwearing qualities that are inherent with porcelain Paired with glass or stone pieces for decoration a sophisticated look can be achieved Topps range is diverse and offers various colours sizes x26 styles it can be used in all areas of the homeAsk in store for products for outdoor usePorcelain is a highly desirable material that will effortlessly inject a touch of class into any homeA manmade material that is renowned for its strength and durability Porcelain is both versatile and available in a wide variety of finishes colours and sizesIn its natural form Porcelain has a smooth matt or honed surface but it can also be textured to replicate stone or wood

Porcelanico Rojo
 £0.10
Available in Black Rojo Verde Carrara Crema Travertino Azul x26 RosaPorcelain is the most durable product available it looks great as coordinating wall x26 floor as well as offering the hardwearing qualities that are inherent with porcelain Paired with glass or stone pieces for decoration a sophisticated look can be achieved Topps range is diverse and offers various colours sizes x26 styles it can be used in all areas of the homeAsk in store for products for outdoor usePorcelain is a highly desirable material that will effortlessly inject a touch of class into any homeA manmade material that is renowned for its strength and durability Porcelain is both versatile and available in a wide variety of finishes colours and sizesIn its natural form Porcelain has a smooth matt or honed surface but it can also be textured to replicate stone or wood

Porcelanico Carrara
 £0.10
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Porcelanico Crema
 £0.10
Porcelain is the most durable product available it looks great as coordinating wall x26 floor as well as offering the hardwearing qualities that are inherent with porcelain Paired with glass or stone pieces for decoration a sophisticated look can be achieved Topps range is diverse and offers various colours sizes x26 styles it can be used in all areas of the homePorcelain is a highly desirable material that will effortlessly inject a touch of class into any homeA manmade material that is renowned for its strength and durability Porcelain is both versatile and available in a wide variety of finishes colours and sizesIn its natural form Porcelain has a smooth matt or honed surface but it can also be textured to replicate stone or wood

Porcelanico Azul
 £0.10
Porcelain is the most durable product available it looks great as coordinating wall x26 floor as well as offering the hardwearing qualities that are inherent with porcelain Paired with glass or stone pieces for decoration a sophisticated look can be achieved Topps range is diverse and offers various colours sizes x26 styles it can be used in all areas of the homePorcelain is a highly desirable material that will effortlessly inject a touch of class into any homeA manmade material that is renowned for its strength and durability Porcelain is both versatile and available in a wide variety of finishes colours and sizesIn its natural form Porcelain has a smooth matt or honed surface but it can also be textured to replicate stone or wood

Glossy White (15x15cm)
 £0.12
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Colorado Desert Sand Wall Tile
 £0.20
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Anecdotals

I've spoken to someone in the last week who is looking for land to place his pre-built Huf House. It's in Germany costing him storage at the moment of about £250 a month.
He can't sell his top floor duplex flat even though he's dropped the price by 1/3 because of the high service charges.
He was looking at a bit of land near me with a view to buying it. Me? I just wondered if it was suitable for keeping bee hives on.
The land in question is enclosed behind houses and probably a very glass filled Huf House is not what planning would consider. They might allow a bungalow that wasn't going to look in at anyone, but probably not a 2 storey building. The idea of squeezing builders lorries down the little alley, let alone getting services put on seems a nightmare. There was also the problem with people having adopted land over time.

Adverse possession - a very interesting subject! And not something I would want to embark on with solicitors fees!
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Parker Morris 1961 minimum space standards

Parker Morris 1961 minimum space standards - lovely page showing these figures
The wiki page for the Parker Morris Committee is worth a read too
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Villages for Sale

Villages for sale on Rightmove -
Duloe for saleDuloe, Liskeard - Majority part of a hamlet with an income stream and farmhouse up the valley.

Bantham village for saleAnd Bantham - A portfolio of 21 residential properties and a shop on a mixture of tenancies
589 Acres of agricultural land, comprising arable land, pasture and woodland, including a variety of let farms.
Bigbury Golf Course 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and bungalow.
Bantham Ham, car park and beach.
Part of the estuary of the River Avon leased from the Duchy of Cornwall.
A number of boathouses.
Lordship of the Manor of Bigbury.

Are there any others?
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