London Mayor urged to build 50,000 new homes

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » London Mayor urged to build 50,000 new homes previous nextLand & New HomesLondon Mayor urged to build 50,000 new homesThe CBI wants the next Mayor of London to commit to building 50,000 new homes.The Negotiator16th March 20160648 Views The next Mayor of London must commit to developing at least 50,000 new homes a year in the capital to help meet growing demand for housing, business leaders have demanded.The CBI’s London Manifesto aimed at candidates in the Election, which will be held on 5th May, insists that the successful candidate must remain firmly focussed on business growth, to ensure that the city is an attractive hub for investment, creativity, skills and tourism.Lucy Haynes, CBI London Director, said, “London’s star has continued to rise over the past few years. From setting a new standard for hosting the Olympic Games to the emergence of Tech City, the capital has shown the world it is still the best place to grow, do business and thrive.“But in an increasingly competitive global race, the next Mayor must take some tough decisions from day one for London to continue to grow and prosper, and to keep the city a magnet for investment and skills.“From building the 50,000 homes a year the capital needs to house its talented workers, and a new runway that will boost our exports to high growth markets, to making the city a global beacon for digital and technological skills, London’s next leader has a unique opportunity to plan ahead, and position the city at the head of the pack.”The latest ONS Construction Industry Output Statistics shows that in January 2016, output in the construction industry decreased by 0.2 per cent compared to December 2015, led by a 10.6 per cent fall in public new housing.London has begun 2016 with a 22 per cent housing deficit – with just 32,900 new homes granted approval.“Small movements in the wrong direction won’t help escape the construction quick sand,” said Andrew Bridges (left), Managing Director of Stirling Ackroyd. “The next mayor will need to face up to this scary statistic – and get building. Housing is dominating the agenda but soundbites don’t equal scaffolding.”He added, “Doubling or tripling the rate of new homes built each year should be number one priority for whoever becomes our new London Mayor. They owe it to the whole country, to make sure London continues to lead the UK as a country that can compete in the arena of world cities and world economies. Developers want to build – London is a paradise of potential. But ambitions are being ambushed by rigid planning departments and a lack of infrastructure vision in City Hall.”new homes for London new homes in London London 000 new homes for London 50 building new homes March 16, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

111 new apartments in Leeds

first_imgDeveloper KMRE and contractor Hollycroft Construction have started work onsite for a multi-million pound residential development in popular Kirkstall Road, Leeds.The high-end scheme of 111 apartments has now been sold to Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) for £17.25m.Kam Mogul, MD of Leeds based KMRE Group, said, “This is popular area in the city and is in walking distance to the business district. KMRE saw a big opportunity and acted quickly to develop the scheme. These are stylish, yet affordable rental apartments which are ideally suited to professionals.”The residential scheme is expected to complete in spring 2019 with superior one, two and three-bedroom rental apartments close to Leeds city centre.“Considering the likelihood of significant investment in the area, due to its convenient location, and being poised to bring further investment, there was an excellent chance for investors to benefit from high levels of capital appreciation and ASI saw that opportunity,” Kam added.Ed Crockett, fund manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “This deal reinforces our long-standing commitment to the private rented sector in the UK, where we continue to target high quality stock in key cities.”Leeds residential development Leeds multi-million pound residential development in Leeds July 9, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » 111 new apartments in Leeds previous nextLand & New Homes111 new apartments in LeedsThe Negotiator9th July 20180797 Viewslast_img read more

Rightmove and Zoopla challenger Rummage4 launches after nine years in development

first_imgHome » News » Rightmove and Zoopla challenger Rummage4 launches after nine years in development previous nextProducts & ServicesRightmove and Zoopla challenger Rummage4 launches after nine years in developmentFounder Robert May and new CEO Anthony Codling talk about their now officially launched venture.Nigel Lewis3rd December 20181 Comment2,425 Views Robert May’s long-awaited venture Rummage4 has officially launched with the backing of Barratts, Bovis and Redrow as well as 30 estate agents nearly nine years after it was first conceived.The company’s launch coincides with the first day at work for its new CEO, Anthony Codling, who recently finished working his notice at City analyst Jefferies.May says the company aims to be a membership-based platform that will compete with the big property portals both on price and with new technology, offering an alternative way for house hunters to search for their next home, and for agents to generate leads.“We are putting the focus back on the individual agents, so if someone is very good at selling a niche type of property in a village and that’s what they earn their living from, we can now give them the opportunity to be at the top of search on Google,” say May (left).Rummage4 is charging agents £100 a month per branch compared to Rightmove’s £987 and Zoopla’s £350, and its platform is significantly different to that of the mainstream portals, offering a way for agents and their geographic and property-related specialisms to be discovered more easily via Google by house hunters.“Our search is a whole level up from what you currently get in the market,” says Anthony Codling (right). “Google’s whole reason for being is to organise the world’s data and to help people find what they’re looking for, and we will help Google find what agents have got.”Codling also told The Negotiator that his company’s pricing is designed to offer both a transparent and level playing field as well as a fee structure linked to local house prices; Rummage4 will share both the “gain and the pain of the housing market,” he says.“We see the same opportunity as OnTheMarket; to offer agents a membership-based technology platform that offers an alternative to the current duopoly.” The company says it is expecting to grow organically through word of mouth.Read more about Rummage4.Jefferies Anthony Codling rummage4 December 3, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, Agency Negotiation Agency Negotiation 4th December 2018 at 3:12 pmA lifeline for any Estate Agency. Rightmove and Zoopla are no devotee of Estate Agents. They view them as a commodity to attract consumer data. The portals have allowed agents to operate in a comfort zone.The start of something better.Best wishes.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

‘Be more transparent about referral fees or face prosecutions or even a ban’

first_imgEstate agents who refer customers to other businesses but do not make it clear that they are earning a fee, retainer or gift in return for the referral are open to prosecution, the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) has warned.In its latest briefing document it says that under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) failure to tell clients about such referrals may lead to a criminal prosecution.It also informs agents that they may be in the last chance saloon, warning them that unless they start being transparent about referral fees, the government may ban them altogether.Referral feesEstate agents are now expected to include details of any referral fees in their standard terms and conditions sent to vendors, and within sales particulars sent to potential buyers.“The disclosure must be made in a way which is clear, intelligible and unambiguous and have no lesser prominence in documentation than other important terms, conditions, or information,” the briefing document says.“Plainly the most important information in deciding whether to accept a service is the price of that service.“Any practice by an estate agent which hides the real price of a service is capable of being found to be an unfair commercial practice under the CPRs.”Mark Hayward (left), Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “We have long called for greater clarity and transparency on referral fees.“It’s essential that if you are referred for financial or legal services by your estate agent, you understand that they are receiving a commission, and how much this is.” National Trading Stadards Estate Agency Team NTSEAT referral fees March 1, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 1st March 2019 at 7:58 pmI am not about to become paranoid, but following on from an earlier comment I made on Countrywide’s woeful balance sheet, two days ago wenow have the Trading Standards Estate Agency Team, confirming that in its opinion – to be tested by case law – that failure to tell prospective clients about referral arrangements could make all estate agents (including Countrywide) face criminal charges.Pandora’s box is at last open, in the name of transparency, those very helpful folk at the NTSEAT feel that if estate agents for instance fail to tell a prospective vendor that the solicitor they are recommending, gives that agent a fee as a referral, then the agent could be open to a criminal court action under the CPRs and probably action by NTSEAT who could close them down.The new NTSEAT (14 page) guidelines are that ‘estate agents must be transparent and plainly communicate to a prospective client: –(a) The price of its services, including any “compulsory” extras; and(b) Where a referral arrangement exists, that it exists, and with whom; and(c) Where a transaction-specific referral fee is to be paid, its amount; and(d) Where a referral retainer exists, an estimate of the annual value of that retainer to the estate agent or its value per transaction.’This sounds on the face of it a really good idea, let the consumer know all.But, if you are a huge corporate like Countrywide, Connells, etc, and you do refer your solicitor business to a certain solicitor, how will it sound if the agent has to say, ‘Mr vendor we feel you may want to use XYZ solicitors, you do not have to, but be aware we get a £120 referral if you do, and annually (and this is the kicker) we as a company receive 2M a year from that solicitor for recommending them.’Do you think the agent will get many takers?It is not just solicitors referrals, that the NTSEAT are talking about, it will cover everything where a referral exists, EPC’s, surveys, you name, the agent will need to declare a monetary interest and an annual sum that they receive.In Countrywide’s case I am informed that for every £1 of revenue generated by the sale fee, an extra 40p of revenue comes from other income streams, solicitors, mortgages etc.So, I assume that referral fees are at play in this 40p of revenue. What happens if this golden goose, stops laying?On a separate topic, what I find most fascinating in the NTSEAT guidance notes is the sentence …‘Plainly the most important information in deciding whether to accept a service is the price of that service’So,trading standards want to protect the consumer, as the starting position for all consumers is knowing the price of the service?My thoughts are, consumers would actually like to know the quality of the service, relative to the cost? And what I mean is this. An agent gets £120 for referring a client to a solicitor, and the company earns 2M a year in referral fees. So, that could look to be a questionable practice.Much better that the client uses some other solicitor, and the agent earns no fee and there is tie up between the agent, the conveyancing of the sale, and the vendor.Is that a better system though? A vendor uses a solicitor who is unknown, they may be great they may be not too good, they may speak to the agent as the sale progresses, they may not.Or, an estate agent recommends a company that it has a massive connection with, yes it receives a referral fee, but due to the huge volume of business, there is also a commercial incentive to get Mr or Mrs Vendor exchanged. Not only this, – there are highly developed software and hardwired processes in place, and management teams both within the estate agency and the solicitors, all with a common aim of getting as many properties exchanged.This interdependence I think is not a bad thing; having had solicitors and conveyancers over the years who never return a call or seem to do anything at a pace (not all) I would rather place my clients sales in the hands of a fully focused large solicitor practice who has the staff and the technology to perform.Luckily, those days are behind me, but my fear is that in the pursuit of transparency, agents might find they are ‘pushing’ clients away from using their preferred solutions – a brilliant solicitor solution, a brilliant survey solution – and ‘pushing’ clients out into the unknown.I could be wrong, but if clients no longer take up the recommended suppliers of other related services, because of the money that the estate agent gets as a referral fee, then this lost revenue stream could see many agents struggling.Lastly, referral fees exist in many, many areas of commerce, so will trading standards be searching these out and making the world transparent for all folk, including the beleaguered estate agent? Thoughts anyone.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 1st March 2019 at 7:49 pmJust a thought, but …Under the new guidelines – when a local property expert – (who is a self-employed individual) goes and list a property for Purplebricks, will he or she have to say to the vendor, as soon as you sign this agreement I get £200 plus as a referral fee, and if you have accompanied viewings I get £X, etc.And each time Mr Vendor I sign a new listing up, I annually receive a referral fee of £40,000 (well in the good old days) from Purplebricks.Or as a collective all the LPE’s referral fees added together will be around 30M, being 25% of the total revenue charged upfront by PB to vendors in 2019.Might this be the death knell of online agents?It is one thing for a traditional agent to say we get £120 as a referral fee for using our solicitor should you want to Mr Vendor, and you have the choice.And quite another to say, I definitely get as a referral fee from Purplebricks the moment you sign up, sale or no sale, £250.If the Local Property Experts were employees the fee, would not be a referral fee, it would just be a fee, but as the LPE’s are outside of the company framework, this fee, or commission, ( know PB do not like the word)- will need to be disclosed to vendors every single time before a vendor signs on the line that is dotted.So the NTSEA transparency drive may be the start of Purplebricks hidden commissary coming out into the open.Maybe that share price is about to get hit again?And maybe those TV adverts will need to have qualifying banners all over them, obscuring ladies diving face first into cakes, or potters ruining their latest creation on a potter’s wheel.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘Be more transparent about referral fees or face prosecutions or even a ban’ previous nextRegulation & Law‘Be more transparent about referral fees or face prosecutions or even a ban’Warning to estate agency industry comes in latest advice from a senior legal expert at the National Trading Standards Estate Agency TeamNigel Lewis1st March 20192 Comments3,426 Viewslast_img read more

Labour to ‘end all leasehold ownership’ if Corbyn makes it into power

first_imgLabour has revealed proposals to end leasehold ownership of both apartments and houses if it were to win the next General Election.Shadow housing secretary John Healey (pictured, above) and shadow housing minister Sarah Jones (pictured, below) say they want to end all leasehold ownership in England by enabling its 4.3 million leaseholders to buy the full, freehold ownership of their home for just 1% of the property’s value.If implemented, the proposals would be the most radical change to the way people own property in the UK since leasehold was reformed in 1967, although the current system of long leases has only been around since 1920.The two MPs claim that for a property in England priced at £250,000 with a 90 year lease, their proposals could mean the cost of buying the freehold would be slashed from over £10,000 to £2,500, a saving of almost £8,000, plus legal fees.Other reformsLabour says it also intends to end ground rents completely for new leasehold homes, cap ground rents at 0.1% of a property’s value and empower leaseholders to hire and fire their block’s managing agent or manage it themselves.The party also says it would launch a public enquiry into the leasehold mis-selling scandal.“Leasehold is a symbol of our broken housing system, with millions of England’s homeowners feeling like they’ve bought their home but still don’t own it,” says John Healey.“England is one of the only places in the world which has failed to move away from this feudal system. Across the world, modern alternatives like commonhold have flourished.”    July 9, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Labour to ‘end all leasehold ownership’ if Corbyn makes it into power previous nextRegulation & LawLabour to ‘end all leasehold ownership’ if Corbyn makes it into powerParty’s housing team say historic overhaul of home ownership in England is overdue and has promised to radically reduce cost of buying a freehold for leaseholders.Nigel Lewis9th July 201901,898 Viewslast_img read more

Central London is experiencing extraordinary recovery says Chestertons, but will it spread?

first_imgMany agents outside the capital watch London to see how their markets may be fairing in six or 12 months’ time, and according to one PCL agency, business could soon be looking up.Chestertons has called the bottom of the difficult central London housing market and claimed that its figures show a recent 75% uplift in sales and 17% increase in lettings within the capital’s gilded central neighbourhoods.The company also says its revenues for August were a record for the 38-branch business, and 8% higher than a year ago.Viewings surgeChestertons says this dramatic increase in sales and lettings activity has funnelled through from a surge in viewings during May and June, helped by Brexit being put off until October and the weak pound.“2019 has so far been characterised by relatively stable prices, an increasingly favourable environment for foreign buyers and greater volumes of buyers and renters entering the London market, all of which have come together in August to help us complete a record number of deals,” says its Managing Director Guy Gittins.Gittins (left) says some problems remain; negotiations are taking much longer to conclude and deals take much more work to get them over the line.Despite the market’s promising revival, the company also says central London is labouring under a lack of properties for sale and to rent which, when the two things are put together, will begin to push up prices.“Yes, there is still uncertainty in the market due to Brexit, but a growing number of people seem to be prepared to overlook this and I’d expect to see the floodgates open should any clarity be achieved over the coming months,” says Gittins.Chesterton PCL guy gittins Prime Central London September 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Central London is experiencing extraordinary recovery says Chestertons, but will it spread? previous nextHousing MarketCentral London is experiencing extraordinary recovery says Chestertons, but will it spread?Upmarket agency says prime central London has come back to life in recent months after surge in viewings during May and June.Nigel Lewis5th September 20190763 Viewslast_img read more

Connells wins race to market Riverside at Coal Orchard

first_imgConnells estate agency has won the race to be the selling agent for Taunton’s newest upcoming community – Riverside at Coal Orchard. This mixed-use development of homes, leisure facilities and restaurants is located on the waterfront, next to the Somerset County Cricket Club in the centre of the town.Part of a contemporary riverside regeneration scheme, the new plaza will consist of various commercial opportunities and attractions, plus 40 one and two bedroom luxury apartments above. The site is expected to launch in spring 2020 with a show apartment due in the autumn.“Connells is delighted to be the sole residential agent marketing this exciting development, and to assist in the successful regeneration of this enviable area into a wonderful new community,” says Paul Matthews, Connells New Homes Board of Management Partner. “With so many fantastic amenities on its doorstep, Riverside at Coal Orchard creates a unique place to live, work and play, and we look forward to sharing it with our customers next year.”Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Councillor for Economic Development at Somerset West and Taunton says: “This development respects the character of Coal Orchard and will bring new vitality to the area putting the River Tone at the heart of Taunton. The plans are carefully created to strike a balance between retaining the character of the Coal Orchard, enhancing the environment reflecting our Garden Town status, and delivering our aspirations for growth.”Coal Orchard Riverside – Coal Orchard Cllr Marcus Kravis Paul Matthews connells November 11, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Connells wins race to market Riverside at Coal Orchard previous nextLand & New HomesConnells wins race to market Riverside at Coal OrchardThe Negotiator11th November 20190463 Viewslast_img read more

US Navy Accidently Kills Dolphins During Training

first_img View post tag: dolphins US Navy Accidently Kills Dolphins During Training View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Accidently Share this article March 28, 2011 View post tag: during View post tag: US View post tag: Kills A Naval training exercise that included an underwater blast off San Diego’s coast has been linked to at least three dolphin deaths earlier t…(huffingtonpost)[mappress]Source: huffingtonpost,March 28, 2011; Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Training Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Accidently Kills Dolphins During Training last_img read more

Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts

first_img Share this article View post tag: Roberts Authorities View post tag: Adm. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: visits View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval July 26, 2011 Commander, Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken, visited USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) July 19 during Roberts’ engagement with Africa Partnership Station (APS) East Kenya “Hub”.During his visit Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken presented certificates of achievement to two embarked Kenyan navy officers who participated in APS East’s “Shiprider” program.Franken was ardent in his praise of the Kenyan officers’ efforts, especially in regard to their unaided handling of a replenishment-at-sea (RAS).“I am most impressed with the enthusiasm of our partner Kenyan officers,” said Franken. “It is apparent that they have quickly acclimated themselves to blue water operations and the multi-faceted FFG mission set. Their proven expertise conning the ship alongside is hugely notable.”Equally impressive, said Franken, was the potential these types of milestones held for the future of the APS mission.“This is an enduring opportunity for the U.S. Navy to maintain relationships and share operational best practices with the East African Maritime forces,” he said. “APS is a win-win engagement that gets better with each successive year.”After the award ceremony Franken took time to tour the ship and visit with Roberts’ crew; however, this wasn’t the first time Franken had been aboard Roberts.“I first walked Sammy B.’s decks in the early 1990s,” said an impressed Franken. “It was a great looking and terrific operating ship back then. Usually ships degrade some with age, but I saw none of that aboard Sammy B. today. The ship looks like it is fresh from the building ways at Bath Iron Works, both inside and out.”Franken said he also came away from his visit with an appreciation of the special crew keeping Roberts at the forefront in mission readiness and forward capability.“I saw in the eyes of Sammy B.’s crew a dedication and focus that often brings the highest level of success,” said Franken. “I look forward to reading of the ship’s successes in the months and years to come.”Roberts’ commanding officer, Cmdr. Angel Cruz, said it was a pleasure for him and his crew to host Franken aboard their ship.“It is great anytime we get one of our bosses down here to see all the great work we are doing,” said Cruz. “Our guys have been working extremely hard and it is always nice when the higher ups notice that. We were honored to have Rear Adm. Franken aboard and, like always, he has an open invitation to come back and visit any time.”Roberts is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area-of-operations.APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.[mappress]Source: navy, July 26, 2011; Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts View post tag: Rear View post tag: USS View post tag: Samuel View post tag: Michael Back to overview,Home naval-today Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts View post tag: Frankenlast_img read more

HMS Daring’s Lynx Helicopter Plays Vital Role in Philippines Relief Mission

first_img November 28, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Daring’s Lynx Helicopter Plays Vital Role in Philippines Relief Mission HMS Daring’s Lynx Helicopter Plays Vital Role in Philippines Relief Mission HMS Daring’s Lynx proved indispensable in first finding devastated remote communities in the Philippines – then delivering vital aid to them. During a hectic five days of flying, the helicopter carried more than eight tonnes of aid, ferried 150 people about and got to villages far beyond the reach of the destroyer’s sailors working on the shoreline.HMS Daring’s Lynx proved indispensable in first finding devastated remote communities in the Philippines – then delivering vital aid to them.As the destroyer makes for Tokyo after completing her relief mission in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the ship’s flight – from 815 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton – are taking stock of their achievements during a hectic ten days around the islands.Daring handed over to carrier HMS Illustrious earlier this week after delivering water, shelters and food and providing medical care and carrying out temporary repairs to buildings and amenities on islands around the Visayan Sea.“In my 38 years service there have been only two other occasions that have felt as satisfying and rewarding as this humanitarian aid operation,” said Flight Commander and Falklands veteran Lt Cdr Joe Harper.“The first is the Falklands campaign when I was doing exactly what we are trained for, and the second was in the Caribbean on counter-piracy operations.”The reconnaissance missions the helicopter flew as the Portsmouth-based warship approached the Philippines gave Daring “a head start” in identifying the many isolated villages and communities still in need of urgent assistance.And once the Type 45 destroyer was loaded up with humanitarian aid, the helicopter was crucial in getting to villages the sailors themselves could never have reached due to the distance from the shore and the wrecked road network on many islands.“A vehicle travelling by land carrying the amount of aid that we managed to get ashore to these islands would have to get through badly damaged roads and infrastructure to even stand a chance of getting to some of the villages we visited,” explained Daring’s operations officer Lt Jason Hannigan.“Ultimately stores coming from land would be most likely distributed to the first person in need rather than the most needy – which is the exact opposite of what the Lynx can provide.“For example with one of the communities – Rohas – we could take aid and people to help around six times an hour whereas by land that speed and agility could never be matched.”The Lynx flew 1,400 miles on surveys before getting stuck into the physical relief effort, delivering 8½ tonnes of stores – more than one and half times the aircraft’s own weight – during 21 sorties.The helicopter also ferried 150 people to and from the various islands Daring assisted during her week in the Philippines.The 32 hours flying on Operation Patwin – the codename for the UK military’s response to the typhoon – in just five days is a far higher tempo than the Lynx would normally be expected (aircrew must clock up at least 15 hours in the skies every month to remain current).Such a high tempo demanded 128 ‘man hours’ in Daring’s hangar and on the flight deck as the helicopter engineers and maintainers toiled to ready the Lynx for the next day’s missions.The destroyer – and Lynx flight – have now resumed their global deployment which has seen both away from the UK since late May.To date, Daring has visited the Caribbean, California, Hawaii, Australia and Singapore, from where the destroyer was diverted to support the UK’s major relief effort in the Philippines.[mappress]Press Release, November 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more