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  • Housebuilding
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    Pause to reforms will lead to housebuilding hiatus

    2021-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last week’s announcement of a pause to the biggest shake-up in the planning system in England for 70 years was unwelcome but not entirely unexpected.

  • Michael Gove
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    Business rates: a plea to Michael Gove

    2021-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Editor: When Michael Gove acknowledged his new position as secretary of state for levelling up, he vowed his “relentless focus will be on delivering for… undervalued communities across the UK” (‘Michael Gove appointed housing secretary’).

  • Office
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    Employees look for the human connection

    2021-09-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is promising to see an accelerating ‘return to the office’ drive increasing confidence in the commercial real estate sector. With economic recovery leading to a surge in job vacancies, there is an air of optimism around the London business ecosystem that has not been felt for some time.

  • Covid office worker
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    Clean sweep vital for office return…

    2021-09-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Reports that workers have returned in their thousands to offices following the summer should come as an incredibly welcome sign for City landlords after many months of reduced occupancy and uncertainty. In fact, some members of the London Property Alliance are now reporting occupancy rates of 40% to 60%.

  • Golf course
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    Repurposing golf course land is a game we support

    2021-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest your article ‘London’s golf courses could create 86,000 new homes’. 

  • Green keyboard concept
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    Tech will back the green office premium

    2021-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Investing in technology will be critical to achieving green building standards and boosting rent returns in CRE (‘Green London office buildings could achieve 12.3% rental premium’). And with sustainability rapidly rising up tenants’ agenda, these objectives should go hand in hand.

  • Homelessness
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    Investors see social value of supported housing

    2021-09-03T00:00:00Z

    Responsible Housing REIT’s IPO plans are testament to growing investor appetite for UK supported housing 

  • Inspired Asset's_Central Cross_Croydon_scheme was created through PDR and is an example of the award-winning homes permitted development can create
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    Councils are wrong to block new PDR

    2021-09-03T00:00:00Z

    I do not often get angry, but your cover story on 17 of 35 London local planning authorities prohibiting automatic permitted development rights coming into effect from 31 July 2022, when the old office-to-residential PDR will cease to have effect, infuriated me.

  • Electric charging point
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    On the road to a more sustainable transport future

    2021-08-27T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With the government’s announcement that it is to spend £91.7m on decarbonisation projects, Cluttons recognises the importance of ensuring the roll-out of infrastructure to support new green automotive technologies.

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    Government must expand on BNG remit

    2021-08-27T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The government’s decision to introduce a 10% biodiversity net gain (BNG) mandate in English planning law is a welcome step in the transition towards a low-carbon, sustainable future for the built environment sector. However, as an industry, we should press policymakers to go further.

  • Emissions power station
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    Climate crisis: closer collaboration is key

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The IPCC’s report, released last week, is a shocking reminder of the urgent action needed to address the climate crisis – and underlines the huge challenge facing the property sector (‘UKGBC: IPCC report “should be a massive wake-up call”).

  • Planning
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    It is ‘accidental beauty’ that makes places intriguing

    2021-08-19T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest the recent revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework and the government’s “widespread planning changes” to build beautiful places.

  • Elbow bump Covid office greeting
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    How to manage the return to the office

    2021-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With Freedom Day now behind us, there is no question that the Covid blues seem to be clearing. Most eager for a return to normality is the office sector, with many operators welcoming staff back to the physical workspace with open arms. 

  • Gym
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    Why now’s the time to invest in your leisure business

    2021-08-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is hardly surprising that the reopening of indoor venues, the warm and sunny weather amid the less seasonable showers and, of course, the Euros have led to a serious boost in the performance of some operators .

  • HMV, Oxford Street
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    HMV expansion plan is utter madness

    2021-07-30T00:00:00Z

    Editor: This week, HMV announced a controversial new plan to expand its store estate, opening 10 new stores including a search for a new London flagship site, following the closure of HMV’s Oxford Street store back in 2018 when the company fell into administration ( ‘HMV seeks 10 new store ...

  • High street
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    Retail to resi: quality should always trump quantity

    2021-07-30T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With regard to your recent story ( ‘Derelict high streets could provide 500,000 homes’ ), it is true that converting empty shops could provide urgently needed homes and help stimulate the recovery of town centres. There are also important environmental benefits to repurposing space in this way.

  • Closed building site Covid
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    ‘Pingdemic’ causes more construction turbulence

    2021-07-23T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With an increasing number of construction workers having to isolate due to being pinged by the Covid app, the industry could be in for a rough month or so until the guidance changes in mid-August.

  • Office meeting
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    BCO office guidelines rarely followed

    2021-07-23T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The current guidance by the British Council for Offices (BCO) in relation to the densification of offices and the utilisation of space has little meaning .

  • Empty high street shops
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    High street solution to homelessness

    2021-07-16T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is promising to see new research by LCP Group and Savills affirm the potential of converting underused retail space into housing, which could provide as many as 450,000 new homes across the UK .

  • Corby closed shops Covid
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    Covid-19 pandemic causes rent review challenge

    2021-07-16T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Rent reviews are difficult enough to value at the best of times, but there are two major problems in finding the correct market rental values as a result of Covid-19.