Scotland’s housing market is set for a "lost decade" of low house prices and sales, according to a new report. The Scotsman reports that the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland found that property sales fell again in December. It said that a lack of access to mortgage finance meant that sales were set to remain sluggish in the short term.
A senior councillor has labelled as "middle class idiots" conservation groups fighting to save Victorian homes in Birmingham. English Heritage and the Victorian Society have objected to plans to bulldoze derelict villas in the Hagley Road area of the city. The Birmingham Mail reports Birmingham City Council planning committee member Len Clark saying that the area is currently a blight on the city.