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  • House for sale sign
    Online

    ​Don’t pay over the odds to join exodus from London

    2022-01-17T10:43:00Z

    Editor: With the new year well and truly under way, it seems likely that we will start to see London become emptier, as prospective homebuyers shift their priorities in the wake of the pandemic and increasingly look for larger homes with gardens. This trend has been magnified now that hybrid ...

  • Senior living
    Insight

    We need a special use classification for later living

    2022-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Editor: We’re optimistic that 2022 will be a year of reform and that the important role of specialist supported housing will continue to be recognised for helping many more people live independent and healthier lives for longer while reducing the strain on higher-cost health and social care services.

  • Rental contract
    Insight

    Why break clauses are problematic

    2022-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Break clauses rarely existed before the 1990s, with 25-year leases being the norm. In the 1990s, we still mainly saw 15-year leases with no breaks. As we hit the new millennium, things started to change as 10-year leases with five-year breaks, seven-year leases with three-year breaks and so on ...

  • Construction cranes
    News

    Office rebound will gather momentum

    2022-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The findings of Deloitte’s London Office Crane Survey, which point to a surge in office scheme starts, is both welcome and unsurprising.

  • Closed Covid
    News

    Sunak’s hospitality bailout was too little too late

    2022-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The government’s new grants were a meagre Christmas present for the hospitality sector.

  • Housing plan
    News

    Planning system fuelling the crisis

    2021-12-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Your story ‘Annual housing supply plummets 11% to lowest level in five years’ is not good news for any of us, but particularly for those who need new homes the most.

  • Housebuilding
    News

    The 300,000-new-homes target is just a fantasy

    2021-12-17T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I believe that it is time for the property industry to accept that we can only build 200,000 homes a year and leave behind the fantasy that we can build 300,000.

  • Global finance investment
    News

    ​Why investors are scrambling to catch Lisbon’s Golden Visa

    2021-12-15T09:26:00Z

    Editor: Of the many global investment trends that have emerged over the last two years, the growing popularity of residency-by-investment programmes has served as a stark reminder that our ability to move freely around the world mustn’t be taken for granted.

  • High street
    News

    Adopting a strategic project mindset

    2021-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest ‘Convert retail assets to flex space’ and it got me thinking. Will we ever see a new ‘shopping centre’ built?

  • House price inflation
    News

    Timely, accurate data is more important than ever

    2021-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It has been particularly thought-provoking to keep an eye on the ‘Data’ column recently.

  • London
    News

    London must recover its international cachet

    2021-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is heartening to see London’s vital signs start to improve as the city comes back to life, especially given the current uncertain outlook.

  • Housebuilding
    News

    Why retrofitting buildings is so vital

    2021-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Editor: In the context of COP26 and the heightened urgency for decarbonisation strategies, retrofitting existing buildings for new purposes is a positive measure to ensure the sustainability of the housing sector. Crucially, retrofitting also helps to address the chronic housing crisis in this country.

  • Business people
    News

    Young professionals seek climate-conscious careers

    2021-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Editor: My generation has grown up listening to leaders talk about the climate crisis. But we are still on track for disastrous levels of global heating far in excess of the limits in the Paris climate agreement.

  • Care home
    News

    Great news for the care home sector

    2021-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I was pleased to read that Fortwell Capital has lent more than £450m to purpose-built care home and retirement living developers, creating more than £850m of value within the senior living sector. 

  • Social housing
    Insight

    Community Land Trusts key to solving housing crisis

    2021-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The rebrand of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities suggests its secretary of state Michael Gove is keen to progress at pace. But at such an economically fragile and critical time, and following a Budget that was positive for affordable housing, it’s important that the sector also ...

  • Retail
    Insight

    Convert retail assets to flex space

    2021-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Editor: News that banks are refusing to lend on portfolios that are heavily weighted towards retail is indicative of the continued evolution of the high street. In 2020 alone, year-on-year retail footfall dropped by more than 40%.

  • Investment
    Insight

    The Budget was full of recycled housing commitments

    2021-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: The industry had been drip-fed news of measures over the couple of weeks before the Budget and had eagerly awaited details of these changes. While it’s encouraging to see the government’s pre-pandemic commitments back on the agenda, many of these have simply been recycled.

  • Office workers relax over coffee
    Insight

    Landlords should act like partners

    2021-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Bronny Wilson of Equiem wrote recently in this magazine that landlords should think about how offices can support staff, not tenants.

  • Michael Gove
    Insight

    Michael Gove’s housing policy shift is long overdue

    2021-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Michael Gove’s plans to shift the focus of housing policy away from the South East to the north of England are welcome.

  • Train platform
    Insight

    Let’s rethink how stations function

    2021-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Clare Flitton of Landsec recently discussed a “pandemic-driven office revolution”. This isn’t the only asset class that could benefit from fresh thinking.