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Shipston Victorian Evening 2017

SBK Coconut Shy Shipston Victorian Evening

SBK Coconut Shy Shipston Victorian EveningStaff from Sheldon Bosley Knight donned their best Victorian outfits and hosted a coconut shy at this year’s Victorian Evening in Shipston-on-Stour.

The stall proved very popular, testing the aim of all those who took part and bringing out the competitive streak in some!  Each contestant had three goes at knocking the coconuts off their perch and those who succeeded were rewarded with a bag of sweets.

There was a great atmosphere and the town square was packed with happy shoppers enjoying the array of stalls selling gifts, crafts, festive foods, and trying their luck at various raffles and tombolas.

SBK Coconut Shy Shipston Victorian EveningThe evening was opened by the Mayor and the Shipston Town Band were joined by children from the local primary schools for some carol singing.

SBK raised approximately £100 at the time of writing, which will go to the Rotary Club charities.  Thank you to all those who came to our stall and supported the event.

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Building with Barwood

Barwood Homes - Old Stour - Shipston on Stour

Barwood Homes - Old Stour - Shipston on StourWe are delighted to be the Selling Agent for Barwood Homes in both Alderminster and Shipston on Stour totalling 25 open market plots.

View homes are expected to be ready early this year which will be welcomed progress for buyers who increasingly want to “touch and feel” a product before committing to a purchase. Off plan sales remain a challenge but are still possible!

There is still an obvious trend within the market for downsizing buyers seeking the more manageable home offering low maintenance in close proximity to shops and transport networks.

Despite the time of year, new enquires are forthcoming and databases strong for pending site launches over the coming weeks.

For more information about our new homes please click on Current Developments or contact Esther Broomhall at ebroomhall@sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk.

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Lettings Market Looking Strong

SBK property To Let

SBK property To LetThe latest findings from ARLA paint a positive picture for renters nationwide.  The supply of rental stock has risen over the past 10 months, which suggests that reports of landlords pulling out of the market as a result of the referendum result or changing tax regime are not accurate.

This is supported in ARLA’s findings, which reveal the number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties hasn’t changed since April.

Across our three lettings offices in Stratford upon Avon, Shipston and Leamington Spa we have not seen an oversupply of rental property but it is noticeable that tenants are remaining in rental properties for longer and are less inclined to move on, meaning that less properties are available. In normal circumstances this would create an opportunity to increase rents but currently it is also noticeable that rents in Stratford, for example, are not rising as they have done in previous years and any available properties must be priced sensitively in order to find good tenants within an acceptable timeframe. The advantage for landlords of this stability is that they avoid unwelcome void periods between tenancies.

SBK House KeysWe wait with interest to see the impact of increases in the taxation of landlords who have buy-to-let mortgages attached to their homes. Market experts are divided about the potential impact of the changes but Rightmove said that during September, buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors were up 30% compared with May, after a short-term dip after the stamp duty changes came into force in April.

We are, however, confident that 2017 will bring new growth to the rental market. With various properties in the pipeline and growing rental yields, the buy to let market is still a good choice for investors in our areas.

We look forward to the next wave of investment properties hitting Stratford, Shipston, Leamington and Kenilworth’s rental markets and making sure Sheldon Bosley Knight Ltd are well placed with our skills, knowledge and expertise to take on the management of these properties. The team at Leamington has been further strengthened recently with the addition of Marc Martin, Rebecca Jones & Faye Mulkeirins who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

For more information about our Lettings Services please visit www.sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk.

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Shipston Victorian Evening 2016

Peter Leamy, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening

Our Shipston office once again took part in the annual Shipston Victorian Evening and this year we held a coconut shy.

Liz Smith, Peter Leamy, Kate Billing, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening Liz Smith, Peter Leamy and Kate Billing running the stall dressed in full Victorian costume.

In charge of the stall were Peter Leamy from our Planning & Architectural team dressed as Scrooge along with Liz Smith and Kate Billing both from our Shipston Residential Sales Team.

The stall was very popular and all the coconuts had been won by the end of the evening!  We would like to say a big Thank You to all those who took part.

Peter Leamy, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening

Peter Leamy tallying up the funds taken on the stall.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Shipston-on-Stour and in its 16th year, the Victorian Evening is always well attended and raises much needed funds for a variety of causes supported by Rotary.

We are also very pleased that Shipston Primary School will be borrowing the coconut shy equipment for their Summer Fete next year and delighted that it will have a second airing.  Mark it in your diary now to pop along and have a go!

Coconut Shy, Sheldon Bosley Knight, Shipston Victorian Evening

 

 

 

 

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Shipston-on-Stour: One of the Best Places to Live

High Street Shipston on StourThe Sunday Times has recently listed Shipston-on-Stour as one of the best places to live in the UK.

The newspaper used data and statistics, plus crime rates, house prices, school performance and the expert knowledge of their writers, to consider the places that offer the best quality of life.

“If you want to live in Shakespeare Country but don’t want to elbow your way through tourists in Stratford-upon-Avon, try Shipston.  Just 10 miles south of the Bard’s birthplace in the same pleasant landscape, the town has its own cultural highlights, including the two-week Shipston Proms, with live music of all sorts, culminating in a final night in the town square.  The former coaching stop has a great high street, with several old pubs and a population passionate about keeping its traders going.  It recently became a ‘Totally Locally’ town, joining a growing list of places coming up with initiatives to keep their high streets thriving.”

Of course all those who already live there will no doubt agree.

For information on properties available in Shipston, please call in to our Shipston Branch or visit our website: www.sheldonbosley.co.uk

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Prize-Winning Pumpkins

PLJ & shipston winnerSheldon Bosley were delighted to collaborate with Cygnets Education & Childcare Trust in Lower Quinton & Badger Valley Childrens Centre in Shipston for our Halloween colouring competition.

The children were invited to get creative and design their very own pumpkin. We received some inspired entries and were really impressed with their creativity!

Evie Harding cygnetsIt was a difficult task to select the winners but we eventually chose the winning designs from each centre.

From our Stratford office, Simon Wilkinson and Gabrielle Mallard presented the prizes and were joined by Cygnets staff Pippa Findon, Annamaria Brown and Sam Clarke.

Indi Wilcock cygnetsThe winners were Evie Harding (aged 3), pictured left and Indi Wilcock (aged 2), pictured right, proudly displaying their winning designs.

Philip Jones and Helen Darby presented the prizes at the Childrens Centre in Shipston and Philip is pictured here with some of the children and parents including 2½ year old winner, Rae Jeffries.

To see more photos visit our Facebook page.

Our thanks to all the staff, children and parents who took part in this competition.

If you’d like to see the works of art, the pumpkins will be displayed in the office windows over the Halloween weekend!

 

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Changing Landlord Fees

Bosley Bites - Lettings Agents
Property to Let
Becoming a New Landlord?

Calling all landlords of properties in Stratford upon Avon and South Warwickshire!

Have you seen recent increases in your agent’s fees and are unsure about the service being offered?

Why not contact Sheldon Bosley and discuss what services we could offer you.

Sheldon Bosley will never guarantee to be the cheapest agent but a superior service “doesn’t cost, it pays”.

For more information and advice on letting or managing a property, please contact Sue Maaz FARLA in our Shipston-on-Stour office or Michael Scott FARLA in our Stratford-upon-Avon office

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Hovel to House

Hovel to House

Following the new release of the additional General Permitted Development Order which came into force on the 6th April 2014, it is now possible to convert an agricultural building to a dwelling and also a shop to a dwelling. This is a big step forward from having to test the market for 6 months to see if there is any other need for the barn other than dwelling prior to putting in a full application to the District Council who would then take a larger criteria to make a decision on giving a consent for a conversion to a dwelling. With the new Development Order in place, you are now required to fill in a General Permitted Development Order and to provide a location plan so the District Council can make their decision.

 Converted property

Restrictions

There are of course restrictions that would prevent a notification being approved. These restrictions include that the building must have been in agricultural use or part of an established agricultural unit prior to the 20th March 2013, if the development would result in an external dimension of the building extending beyond the original dimensions of the building. If the site is an Article 1(5) land, which includes designated areas such as an area of outstanding natural beauty, conservation area, Listed or within the grounds of a Listed Building, on a site of special scientific interest, a safety hazard area, a military explosive storage area or site that contains a scheduled monument.

How big and how many barns can I convert?

The restrictions on numbers and sizes have also been put in place. You may only convert a barn that would result in no more than 450 sq m of floor space within the agricultural unit as a whole. The maximum number on one unit would be three dwellings, the accumulative floor area of these three dwellings, again must not exceed 450 sq m of floor area.

What rights might I lose?

Once a Consent has been granted for a conversion of an agricultural building to a dwelling under the new GPDO, you will not be able to apply for new agricultural buildings via the Agricultural Notification for a period of 10 years. Any application that is submitted within that 10 year period must be for a Full Planning Application.

What might I be expected to provide with my General Permitted Development Order

The District Council will take into consideration five specific areas whilst making their decision and may ask for additional information on these whilst the application is being processed. These being:

  • Transport and highway impact of the development.
  • Noise impact of the development.
  • Contamination risk on site.
  • Flood risk on site.
  • Whether the location or siting of the building makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable for the building to change from agricultural use to a use falling within the Class C3 Dwelling House of the Schedule to the Use Class Order.

Will the District Council require any further information once the General Permitted Development Order has been approved?

The District Council will condition any approval with specific details that would be required prior to work commencing on site and these will require discharge and will be known as Pre-commencement Conditions. These conditions could require further highways details, floor plans and elevations of the dwellings, Ecology Surveys, Tree Surveys to name but a few.

However, once a Permitted Development Order has been granted, these will only be hurdles that will require jumping prior to commencing on site, rather than hurdles that require jumping prior to the District Council making a decision.

Hurdles

From our understanding and the understanding of other governing bodies, it would appear that the Permitted Development Order is not restricted to traditional agricultural buildings but would include any agricultural building. Therefore, your Dutch barns and grain stores would be included in the permitted development.

For further enquiries or indeed assessments, please contact Sheldon Bosley for sound reliable guidance on your potential development.

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Becoming a New Landlord?

Property to Let

painterHow Do I prepare My Property for Letting?

This is a question asked by many new landlords when I first meet them. When planning a refurb, or merely preparing a property ready for the open market, it is difficult to find the right level to aim for.  How you present a property largely affects and influences the type of tenant that takes it.  If the property is scruffy or grubby you will normally find that the ‘fussy’ tenants discount it completely.  You will therefore end up with tenants that are not so fussy about their surroundings, which is not ideal.  You may have heard of the saying ‘scruffy property, scruffy tenants’.  On the other hand if a property is in good order, with up to date fittings and presented in a clean condition, then you will find it will appeal to the more fussy tenants.  These are the tenants you want as they will end up looking after your investment in a much better manner.  Tenants also do tend to stay longer if the property is comfortable to live in.

Don’t over-do your propertykitchen

Many landlords also make the mistake of over-doing their property.  It is key to make sure a refurb is planned in line with the type of property and with consideration to the typical group of potential tenants it would appeal to.  For example, a two bedroom maisonette in the centre of town is likely to appeal to a young couple or single occupant.  This does not need a high end finish. A mid range finish will suffice in this instance.  If you were renovating a large detached family home, the expected finish would be for a higher standard and specification and this would be appropriate to the market you would be aiming for, typically a professional couple with children. It is also important to ensure the fittings you install are of a good standard, as cheap fittings never last. You need something that is fit for purpose and will withstand wear and tear.

I see many landlords getting this wrong and we can help with any level of advice you may require, even down to managing the entire project for you.  For assistance please call Sue on 01608 665473 or Michael on 01789 206760.

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Fifth Annual Sheldon Bosley Quiz

Sheldon Bosley Quiz 2013

The fifth annual Sheldon Bosley Quiz night was held on Tuesday, 3rd December in the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon with approximately 150 guests including fellow professionals and clients who were entertained by the staff from both the Stratford and Shipston branches. Rev Green & Miss Scarlet

The evening was once again organised by Suzanne James, Sheldon Bosley’s Commercial Property Partner who had chosen Cluedo as a theme for the night; the game is played on a floor plan of a house and therefore seemed apt for a company of chartered surveyors.  Starting in the ‘Kitchen’, the first round was based on Food and Drink; the quizzers were then taken through various other rooms including the ‘Billiard Room’ where there were some taxing questions on Sport to the ‘Ballroom’ where they had to identify tracks or artists from a wide range of musical genres.

In keeping with the theme, the evening was compered by the Reverend Green and Miss Scarlet, more familiar to everyone as Raymond Smith and Suzanne James.  There was extremely close competition for the trophy but the victors were a team from Lodders Solicitors who just pipped a rival firm of solicitors in the final round.

 Winning Team

Apart from ensuring everyone had a fun and enjoyable evening, one of the Company’s aims in organising the event is to raise funds for a charity chosen by the staff, who this year decided upon Breakthrough Breast Cancer.   A total of £1,580 was raised from the entrance fee and the raffle; the latter proved very popular with some fantastic prizes donated by various local businesses which ensured everyone dug deep into their pockets.

The reputation of this annual event is growing and Sheldon Bosley is already looking forward to gathering everyone together next December.

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Sheldon Bosley Sponsors Shipston on Stour Rugby Club

50th Anniversary Sponsorship
50th Anniversary Sponsorship

50th Anniversary of Shipston Rugby Club

Sheldon Bosley have extended their existing long-standing sponsorship with Shipston on Stour Rugby Club Mini and Junior Section to the Shipston on Stour First Team.  We are very proud to have the opportunity to sponsor the First Team shirts and support the Team and Club in this, their 50th anniversary year.  Sheldon Bosley have been associated with the Club for many years, with former Partner Bob Sandland being a playing member and, in latter years, Partners Sam Russell and James Walton also taking the field and representing the local Club.

 Supporting Local Teams

Sheldon Bosley find it important to support local Teams and help them in the opportunity of continuing for the future.  We very much enjoy having the opportunity to support the boys and to watch their progression on the field and enjoy their hospitality off it.