Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56Our coastal offices read with interest the outcome of a referendum held in Cornwall supporting the proposition that new housing must only be built for permanent residences. In both North Norfolk and East Suffolk we have similar concerns; the property market in many villages is dominated by second home and investment purchases and property prices have risen and continue to rise as a direct consequence. Nevertheless, the obvious solution is not necessarily the best solution, and legislating that houses must only be acquired as permanent residences will almost certainly have unintended consequences. It does not require a leap of imagination to conclude that houses restricted for permanent occupation will sell for less than houses that can be sold to any buyer.  And if the houses are worth less, the land on which they are to be built will also be worth less; in some instances it may even be the case that it becomes economically unviable to build on the land. Equally, the flip side of this coin may well be that unrestricted housing stock will then appreciate even more rapidly, resulting in a two-tier property market in some areas. So if fewer houses are built and existing housing stock inflates more rapidly, affording a house becomes even more challenging for local buyers and the consequence of a seemingly well-intentioned strategy is the direct opposite of its ambition. Antony Bromley-Martin, Woodbridge office Rock Bottom for Second Homes? Cornish vote on new-builds 18 Bedfords Review | Issue Three Innovative architecture Out of the properties sold this year, Aspen House stands out from the crowd. A truly unique property of contemporary design, in a remarkably private position in central Orford, with glimpses to the river and out to the North Sea. Woodbridge Office SOLD Four favourites we sold in 2016 Secluded setting We sold this gem in the spring, and the garden came alive at just the right time. The property is set back at the ‘foot’ of a no-through lane, and the owners incorporated a fantastic green-oak garden room. They had superb taste. Bury St Edmunds Office Wisteria-clad farmhouse This may not be the grandest house we have sold this year, but it is one of the prettiest. Sadly, when we took our photo, the wisteria was yet to flower. A Grade II listed farmhouse in 7 acres with rural views in a quiet setting close to Holt. Burnham Market office Victorian country house Theberton Grange was transformed from a country hotel into a homely retreat full of happy vibes. We fell in love with this house and were thrilled to sell it to a family that showed equal enthusiasm for all that it provides. Aldeburgh Office Property