All Comment articles – Page 9

  • Revaluation
    Insight

    Companies left unable to plan for Revaluation Day

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    A lack of information on next year’s business rates revaluation is making it impossible for companies to budget with confidence. The government has not yet properly addressed the issue, leaving little time for businesses to plan for Revaluation Day on 1 April 2023.

  • Prospective house buyers
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    Next steps for first-time buyers

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    The Help to Buy: Equity Loan has helped more than 350,000 people get on the property ladder since 2013, but after being limited to first-time buyers last year, the scheme is finally coming to an end in March 2023, with intake of new applicants ending last month.

  • Cabot Circus Bristol Christmas shutterstock_229186885 1000 Words
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    Will Rishi bring Christmas cheer?

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    As we head towards the Christmas retail season, the economic headwinds do not look great: inflation in double digits, output falling to the point of recession, the highest tax burden since the war, political instability domestically and conflict in Europe.

  • PW041122_housebuilding_shutterstock_96855058_cred Gordon Ball LRPS
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    SME builders ready, willing and able

    2022-11-03T00:00:00Z

    It is well documented that a revival of small and medium-sized housebuilders would make a substantial contribution to our new housing requirements. Their output has fallen by around 75% from their peak, which represents a huge and increasing supply gap. 

  • Rishi Sunak Budget day shutterstock_1929157901 ITS
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    Past lessons on uncertain times

    2022-11-02T00:00:00Z

    Since the start of September, the UK has gone through a series of rather unsettling events. 

  • Housebuilding
    News

    Housebuilding sector can ride out the latest storm

    2022-10-27T00:00:00Z

    It is fair to say that it’s been a tricky few weeks for the government, the economy and the country as a whole. Yet, faced though we are by uncertainty and predictions of a recession, we must continue with our pragmatic approach as an industry.

  • PW281022_tenants_shutterstock_1414418585_cred fizkes
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    Experience must be BTR’s raison d’être

    2022-10-27T00:00:00Z

    The recent research from Savills and the British Property Federation (BPF) on the build-to-rent (BTR) sector shows how much progress has already been made (’BTR market could “rise fivefold and be worth £170bn by 2032”’, PropertyWeek.com). However, as the sector continues to advance and mature, it is essential that tenant ...

  • Green belt development shutterstock_2202521921 Nick Beer
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    Investment Zones: a few hurdles

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    Investment Zones are one of the measures set out in the government’s growth strategy. Although a laudable objective, there is a lack of detail on how they will work to accelerate the delivery of jobs and homes.

  • Jeremy Hunt flag in BG shutterstock_2109247337 photocosmos1
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    REITs look ripe for consolidation

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    It was mini-Budget remorse last week when chancellor Jeremy Hunt pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del on Trussonomics, and 10-year gilts fell back to 4%, from a recent 4.5% peak. 

  • Liz Truss Downing Street speech shutterstock_2198583263 Fred Duval PW230922
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    Truss turmoil has set reform back

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    “The country has gone to the dogs; it’s unbelievable really. What a mess.” That was a comment sent to me by one of the finest industrialists I know in the UK, after Shore Capital Markets sent out our prognosis for the consumer economy following the Truss-Kwarteng show, to be followed ...

  • Affordable housing
    Insight

    Affordable homes key to growth

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    If the government wants economic growth, then there is a huge contribution that our industry can make to this agenda by building more social housing. The country’s chronic shortage of affordable housing is hardly a secret. Quite simply, not enough people have the security of a decent home.

  • Stocks
    Insight

    Will 2023 offer relief for us all?

    2022-10-26T00:00:00Z

    Earlier this year, an industry survey reported that only 48% of the specialist lending market thought their cost of origination was likely to increase over the year. 

  • PW212022_Jeremy Hunt_Flickr_cred HM Treasury
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    Hunt takes charge as Truss lingers

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    They say a week’s a long time in politics and boy, this has been one of those weeks.

  • Business rates
    News

    Burning questions on rates

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    The response from shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, after new chancellor Jeremy Hunt gave his “economic update” to the Commons on Monday, perfectly captured the calamity created by September’s mini-Budget.

  • Keir Starmer
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    Conference season brings some joy

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Kwasi Kwarteng’s Budget aside, the development sector might come away from the Conservative Party Conference with some reason to be cheerful, especially if recent soundings from the DLUHC team at fringe events come to fruition.

  • Housing
    Insight

    It is vital housing remains accessible to everyone

    2022-10-20T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The mini-Budget sent shockwaves through the property market. As mortgage rates rocketed, the inverse was true for the hopes of property buyers.

  • Housing estate
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    Quantifying social impact is vital

    2022-10-19T00:00:00Z

    Counting the number of affordable homes we build has been the sole yardstick for the social housing sector for too long. 

  • Beekman Hotel - home to Tom Colicchio's latest restaurant Temple Court
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    The perfect storm for hospitality

    2022-10-19T00:00:00Z

    ‘It’s never going to get worse than this’ was a phrase many in hospitality muttered following the unprecedented economic turmoil that the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the sector. 

  • PW211022_boardroom silhouette_shutterstock_201683009_cred Rawpixel dot com
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    How to solve threshold anxiety

    2022-10-19T00:00:00Z

    A few weeks back, our team at King’s Cross celebrated National Inclusion Week. Now in its 10th year, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to reflect on the property industry’s progress, while recognising the challenges (and opportunities) that remain, especially for the office market. 

  • Diverse hands
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    We should all be in this together

    2022-10-19T00:00:00Z

    Following a period of fresh political headwinds, and resulting new layers of uncertainty spurring market turbulence, the phrase ‘we are all in this together’ has never felt more real to many across the property sector as it does today.