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Alok Sharma

Government moves to simplify compulsory purchase

22 September 2017

The government has introduced new measures to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process, which it says will make it easier for councils and other bodies to  acquire land for development and infrastructure projects.

Alok Sharma, RESI Conference 2017

DCLG provides funding for Neighbourhood Plans Video

20 September 2017

Housing minister Alok Sharma has announced a new £22.8m package of support to provide communities with specialist support to help develop a neighbourhood plan.

Vince Cable

Cable calls for councils to be able to borrow to build

20 September 2017

New Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable has called on the Government to allow local councils to borrow to build.

Sajid Javid

Javid announces social housing review

19 September 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the government will publish a green paper to review ‘what has gone wrong with social housing’ – including lessons to be learnt from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Alok Sharma RESI

RESI 2017: Sharma open to helping councils to retrofit sprinkler systems Video

14 September 2017

Housing minister Alok Sharma has said the government is open to providing government support to local authorities struggling to fund the retro-fitting of sprinkler systems to social housing blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Alok Sharma DCLG

RESI 2017: Government proposals to push councils to get local plans in order

14 September 2017

The government has launched a consultation on proposals for a new approach to assessing local housing need – trailed this morning by the housing minister Alok Sharma at RESI 2017.

Kenneth Barclay

Scottish government to go further than Barclay on business rates

14 September 2017

Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay has announced plans to “go further than the proposals of the Barclay Review” on changes to the business rates system north of the border.

Brexit and beyond

FC chair Chris Russell

F&C delivers rise in NAV but warns on Brexit

F&C Commerical Property Trust (F&C CPT) has posted a 2.9% rise in net asset value (NAV) per share for the six months to 30 June.


Brexit makes short leases more popular

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly looking for shorter leases, prompted by fears that the government will not be able to secure a good deal for the UK in Brexit negotiations, research has revealed.

Amsterdam skyline

RBS latest to plan move away from UK for post-Brexit EU hub

The Royal Bank of Scotland is in discussions about setting up an ‘EU hub’ office in Amsterdam as a consequence of the Brexit vote.

Apartments in Knightsbridge and Chelsea

Real estate continues to prosper in uncertain times

Just over a year on from the shock outcome of the Brexit vote, what lessons have been learned by the real estate industry?

Barclays One Molesworth Street

Barclays latest to take Dublin space at One Molesworth Street Video

Barclays Bank has signed a 20-year lease for 37,000 sq ft of lettable space at Green REIT’s flagship development at One Molesworth Street in Dublin ahead of Brexit.


Planning and Policy FEATURES

Sadiq Khan

Final SPG contains a couple of surprises

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan released the final version of his Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) last week - hailed by City Hall as “a practical first step to raise the amount of affordable housing coming through the planning system”.

Help to Buy

Government seeks to ease Help to Buy review concerns

The government has denied it is planning to end the Help to Buy scheme early, after confirming it is reviewing the future of its flagship homebuyer’s policy.

Planning and Policy OPINION


Delay to Greater Manchester plan is an opportunity for wider input

The recent announcement of a delay in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) was no great surprise. Burnham made no secret of his intention to undertake a “radical re-write” of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) planning policy.

Steve Norris

Like it or not, Theresa May is not going anywhere – yet

As MPs dig out their buckets and spades, the rest of the country is breathing a sigh of relief. This has been a political year like no other.

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