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Theresa May

May pledges ‘new generation of council homes’

15 May 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to help councils build thousands of new homes for social rent.

Legal consultation

Supreme Court boost for housing in absence of local plans

10 May 2017

A Supreme Court ruling has provided a potential boost to developers seeking planning permission for housing where the local authority has no local plan in place.


MPs call for end to 'housebuilding oligopoly'

2 May 2017

A committee of MPs has recommended that the dominance of large volume house-builders needs to be reduced if the UK is to increase the number of homes that are built.

Theresa May

Snap general election could see investors switching focus to second half of 2017

26 April 2017

The next two months of the year could see less than normal activity in the UK investment market, followed by heightened volumes in the second half, as investors hold out making decisions until after June’s general election, according to data analysis from Savills.

Theresa May

May announces snap general election for 8 June - property reacts

18 April 2017

Prime minister Theresa May has announced that a general election will be held on 8 June.


BPF launches long-term tenancy pledge for build-to-rent

18 April 2017

The British Property Federation has handed government a three-year pledge stating that it will support longer-term tenancies in the build-to-rent sector.

LocatED Acton

DfE sets up £2bn property company

3 April 2017

The Department for Education has set up a new public property company with a £2bn budget, which will purchase and develop sites to help create 500 new free schools in England.

Brexit and beyond

200 Capital Dock, Dublin

‘More to follow’ JP Morgan’s Brexit-related Dublin move

JP Morgan’s acquisition last week of 200 Capital Dock was the first concrete example of a major company expanding in Ireland because of Brexit.


SMEs back government to negotiate good Brexit deal

A new Citibase poll has suggested that the government has the backing of SMEs on Brexit, with the nearly half saying they are confident the government will negotiate a good deal with the EU for UK businesses.


The omens are good for the property industry

The month of March, dominated by Mipim, tends to act as the annual barometer of the property market, a bellwether of sentiment for the rest of the year. However, can we extend this analogy to incorporate the entire property cycle?


Brexit vote lessons for property funds put under the microscope

A draft report into the impact of the EU referendum on property funds has called for better communication from fund managers and the creation of a broader range of products for retail investors.


Dublin watches Brexit ‘phoney war’

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has had no appreciable impact on the Irish property market to date.


Planning and Policy FEATURES

Andy Burnham Mayor

Metro mayors to shake up regional regeneration plans

Last week, voters in six combined authorities across the UK headed to the polls to elect new metro mayors.

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