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Equal VAT for new buildings & renovation. Green & saves our city’s

Comment 10th July 2010
If you renovate or refurbish a building you have to pay VAT.
If you demolish it & build a new one you don't.
 
As a result thousands of reusable or should I say recyclable buildings are being demolished.
Some beautiful Victorian Edwardian & Art Deco ones lost forever & half the time replaced with dull cheep rubbish.
Which will probably be demolished themselves in 20 odd years as there so bad.
 
Not green at all, imagine the carbon foot print for demolition, removal of rubble, land fill for most of it,
manufacture of new materials, shipping them to the Uk no doubt, delivering them….
Reused building can have all the insulation & solar panels you need. So that not the reason to demolish.
 
Unequal VAT will make the UK look like Muiltonkeens in 50 years.
For example look at the old West Middlesex Hospital Site in Central London.
A Georges Victorian & Edwardian buildings ideal for converting with its courtyards & already 8or9 floors high so your never get planing for higher.
Now a huge hole in the ground with no plans for it.
If they don't want to lower vat on reuse & increase it on new build to level things out,
why can't they have some sort of green demolition tax on building built before the war ?
Its the 1960s all over again!

Why does this matter?

If you renovate or refurbish a building you have to pay VAT.
If you demolish it & build a new one you don't.
 
As a result thousands of reusable or should I say recyclable buildings are being demolished.
Some beautiful Victorian Edwardian & Art Deco ones lost forever & half the time replaced with dull cheep rubbish.
Which will probably be demolished themselves in 20 odd years as there so bad.
 
Not green at all, imagine the carbon foot print for demolition, removal of rubble, land fill for most of it,
manufacture of new materials, shipping them to the Uk no doubt, delivering them….
Reused building can have all the insulation & solar panels you need. So that not the reason to demolish.
 
Unequal VAT will make the UK look like Muiltonkeens in 50 years.
For example look at the old West Middlesex Hospital Site in Central London.
A Georges Victorian & Edwardian buildings ideal for converting with its courtyards & already 8or9 floors high so your never get planing for higher.
Now a huge hole in the ground with no plans for it.
If they don't want to lower vat on reuse & increase it on new build to level things out,
why can't they have some sort of green demolition tax on building built before the war ?
Its the 1960s all over again!

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