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House sales expectations in the East hit 2-year high

Expectations for house sales in the East have hit a two year high according to RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the expectations for house sales in the East of England have hit a two-year high.

36% more chartered surveyors in the East expect home sales will rise rather than fall in the coming three months. It's the most positive reading since May 2001.

RICS says there's increased confidence with interest from would-be buyers rising for three months in a row following the announcement of the government's Help to Buy Scheme.

New homes for South Cambridgeshire

Plans for 1500 new homes have been approved in South Cambridgeshire. Construction could start on the first phase of the Northstowe development as early as next year.

Plans for the development Credit: ITV Anglia

A housing shortage means 10,000 new homes might have to be built.

Construction could start next year Credit: ITV Anglia

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Council tenants to benefit from cash windfall

Basildon Council is to receive almost £40m between 2013 and 2015 as part of the government's decent homes programme. The money was dependent on the Council’s performance and the availability of funding.

“I am delighted that this money was secured and that we can spend nearly£38m over the two years on improving our tenants' homes. This money will make a positive improvement to the quality of life forresidents, and improve many of our homes across the Borough."

– Phil Turner - Deputy Leader, Basildon Council

In total the Council will receive £67m in decent homes funding. Almost £30mhas already been invested in the Council’s housing stock since 2011.The money will be spent on improving council homes including roofs,kitchens, bathrooms and windows.

New 'affordable' homes built in Cambridgeshire

The new homes in Brampton Credit: Hunts District Council

New 'affordable' homes have been built in Cambridgeshire in a partnership between Huntingdonshire District Council and the Metropolitan Housing Trust.

The Council has secured land and provided funding to deliver three new affordable homes.

They will be let through the ‘Home Link’ scheme to people who were on the council’s housing register and in housing need.

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