All Comment articles – Page 13

  • shutterstock_2137839767_cred Dontree_M

    Carbon counting will barely count


    Toward the end of an absorbing performance of the play Frank and Percy, Percy (played by Ian McKellen) admits to Frank (Roger Allam) he is being shunned by his academic peers for daring to suggest fighting climate change is hopeless. Frank, newly widowed, and Percy, newly single, edge into a ...

  • Uma Rajah

    CapitalRise’s Uma Rajah on why prime central London market is so resilient


    As English writer Samuel Johnson so aptly put it in 1777: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” 

  • Richard Rees

    Savills UK’s Richard Rees on tackling the causes of youth homelessness


    LandAid’s, and the wider property industry’s, efforts to help solve youth homelessness and ensure that everyone has a safe and suitable place to call home have been ongoing for several decades, but have taken on a new urgency in the last few years.

  • Helen Gordon

    Grainger’s Helen Gordon on levelling up in action


    With HS2 in the news and some questioning the government’s commitment to levelling up, towns and cities across the UK are now positively benefiting from regional investment in build to rent (BTR).

  • shutterstock_1747459721_Simon Annable

    Overhaul planning to drive logistics growth


    The national debate on planning reform has tended to focus on how we can build more homes, with less attention given to the employment uses needed to create sustainable communities and jobs for local residents.

  • Ed Warner

    Motionspot’s Ed Warner on why progressive firms must include facilities to ease menopause and menstruation symptoms


    October is Menopause Awareness month and while a significant proportion of the workforce is made up of people who experience menstruation, menopause, and hormonal change – including women, non-binary individuals, and transgender men and women – little is done in the workplace to acknowledge this. 

  • David Goldberg

    POD’s David Goldberg on the ethical dilemma of management companies skimming commission


    Over the years, some property management firms have come under fire for skimming commissions on maintenance contracts. Now, amid an ongoing cost-of-living crisis and soaring interest rates, this topic has attracted new attention from homeowners and landlords alike.

  • Climate biodiversity

    Commit to delivering biodiversity net gain


    Biodiversity net gain (BNG) legislation, which was due to come into force next month, has now been delayed until January. The legislation requires property developers to deliver a minimum 10% BNG to help protect and enhance the nature on the land they are developing. But why is this legislation important?

  • shutterstock_454561861_riopatuca

    Be up front about fire risk


    An industrial multi-tenant property is only as safe as the riskiest tenant. 

  • Paul Atkins

    Haysmacintyre’s Paul Atkins on why careful management of tax liabilities is key to navigating cashflow


    For developers, the current environment is proving difficult to navigate. After several years of sustained growth in the housing market, prices have been dropping, which, combined with wider economic challenges – not least a sharp rise in interest rates – and the introduction of stringent new regulations, has left developers ...

  • Logistics - CS

    Logistics: highs and lows


    The government’s call for evidence on ‘Freight, Logistics and the Planning System’, a consultation that opened in July, closed earlier this month and we must now await a government response in the fullness of time, whenever that might turn out to be.

  • Houses of Parliament House of Lords London

    How will the next government tackle property issues?


    Editor: There are several well-documented, interconnected issues affecting the UK property market: the affordability crisis; the imbalance between supply and demand; empty and derelict properties; the planning system; and sustainability.

  • shutterstock_2266106503_cred Francesco Scatena

    Privatisation may fix planning system


    Editor: Britain’s planning system is saddling us with all kinds of social and economic problems and must take a large share of the blame for the housing crisis that is freezing a whole generation out of home ownership. 

  • shutterstock_2219757065_cred I T S

    It’s time for a change at the top


    Last week’s two by-elections were terrible results for the Conservatives. It’s true that if Reform UK’s vote, which attracts some hard-right Tories, had been added to their vote they would have very narrowly won in Mid-Bedfordshire. 

  • SMW

    UKGBC’s Simon McWhirter on why the built environment needs a paradigm shift


    To deliver a sustainable, net zero future, the built environment needs a paradigm shift. We must channel our deep dismay at the government’s short-sighted rollback into a powerful, collective voice focused on the changes we need.

  • Urban House

    Creating a greener, fairer urban future


    More than 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a figure that the United Nations Human Settlements Programme predicts will reach more than 68% by 2050. At the same time, urban areas contribute to over 70% of global GDP around the world.

  • Parul Scampion, COO, Fruition Properties

    Fruition’s Parul Scampion on the political chokehold on SME developers


    In the modern landscape, political uncertainty has become an ever-present shadow on businesses of all sizes. However, it is the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that bear the brunt of this instability; it undermines the ability to plan, invest and contribute to the critical task of providing much-needed new homes. ...

  • Nick Leslau

    Prestbury Investments’ Nick Leslau on the US investment cycle and its impact on the UK


    I am currently in California, a place I haven’t visited since just before Covid-19. Recently, reading that some of the planet’s biggest real estate investors such as Blackstone and Brookfield have been handing back keys to lenders, I have been keen to understand the scope of the problems in the ...

  • Engineer railway

    Is infrastructure on track?


    The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), an independent agency formed to give advice to government, now publishes a major review of infrastructure progress once every five years – the first National Infrastructure Assessment having landed in 2018.

  • shutterstock_463572404_cred Gellert Buzas

    UK housing’s mixed weather map


    “On a bad day… you can see Wales,” a chief executive of a national housebuilder joked some years ago while unveiling homes by the Severn Estuary outside Bristol. Since then, local prices have soared, forcing many workers in the booming Somerset area to buy on the other side of the ...