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The revolving door of housing ministers continued with the sacking of Esther McVey after just seven months in the role and the appointment of her successor, Christopher Pincher. The reshuffle of the Tory cabinet saw Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth become the 19th housing minister since 1997.

The appointment comes after a number of years of Ministers filling the role for barely a few months, resulting in a revolving door ministry, where office-holders could be perceived to have had insufficient time to make an impact.

Charter Whyman hope that Christopher Pincher will be allowed the necessary time to work on his ideas, where one of his first priorities will be to focus on the delivery of high-quality, safe and sustainable homes that create and support community cohesion.

This will mean bringing an end to Permitted Development Rules which allow developers to sidestep vital quality and environmental standards, and making urgent changes to fire safety regulations to ensure people are safe.

Even though it is very early days, our regulatory body Propertymark, are happy to welcome Christopher Pincher as the new housing minister. Propertymark who launched in February 2017 combining five different associations into a single brand, ARLA, NAEA, NAVA, ICBA and APIP, have continued to promote the highest industry standards for over 50 years.

From a local market perspective, Charter Whyman have seen a tremendous surge of activity since the beginning of the new year, including more quality buyers registering for local properties and more property valuations taking place. If you are considering a move, then why not contact our experienced sales team for some honest and free advice.

Andrew Whyman, Director