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  • Councils investigation
    Insight

    Why councils save up CIL payments

    2021-04-08T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With regard to your recent feature on Section 106 payments , at any given time, there is likely to be a balance of unspent S106 funds, as contributions are received from developers throughout the year.

  • Modern office
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    There’s a bright future for smart flex providers

    2021-04-08T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It is heartening to see enquiries and demand for flexible workspace rising in response to the government’s roadmap for easing lockdown.

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    Insight

    Government must tackle the CIL stockpile

    2021-03-31T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest your investigation into the stockpiling of CIL receipts. CIL does not place any obligation on local authorities to actually spend the revenue raised. The funds are simply ring fenced for provision of infrastructure at some point. This can lead to the stockpiling of funds ...

  • flexible office
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    Flex offices still have a bright future

    2021-03-31T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Knotel filling for bankruptcy may have come as a shock to the flexible workspace sector, but it was not a surprise. Clearly, the pandemic created significant challenges for flexible workspace operators, and it is those with a leasehold model, which have faced their own rent commitments throughout the pandemic, ...

  • High street
    Insight

    The moratorium extension is a big blow

    2021-03-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: It comes as no great surprise that the government has performed a U-turn on the moratorium on commercial property evictions.

  • Oxford
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    Arc floats a new planning framework

    2021-03-25T00:00:00Z

    Editor: A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) policy paper has shed long-awaited light on the government’s spatial framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Are we looking at a return to regional planning?

  • High street
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    City centres need special support

    2021-03-17T12:35:00Z

    Editor: We fully support the move to extend the business rates holiday and furlough scheme, and to introduce Restart Grants, which will help the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors bridge the gap until the restrictions are eased and trading can resume.

  • Rishi Sunak masked
    Insight

    A missed chance to fix rates system

    2021-03-17T12:30:00Z

    Editor: The Budget offered the industry some clarity on what will happen when the 12-month business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality ends this month . But the mere three-month extension fails to realise the scale of the problem facing businesses’ bottom lines, or the issues of the business ...

  • High street
    Insight

    Industry must do more to help retail

    2021-03-10T13:32:00Z

    Editor: The extension to business rates relief, a VAT freeze and restart grants provide much-needed respite for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

  • Rishi Sunak
    Insight

    Where was boost to housing supply?

    2021-03-10T12:59:00Z

    Editor: Unsurprisingly, the housing market featured heavily in Rishi Sunak’s Spring Budget as he laid out the UK’s Covid-19 response . 

  • Construction building frame
    Insight

    Safety comes first for timber industry

    2021-03-03T12:56:00Z

    Editor: Your article ‘ How easy is it for developers to insure timber-framed buildings? ’ made substantial claims, but with no evidence to back them up. Arguably, the points made challenge the quality of construction, not the material.

  • Climate change 1
    Insight

    Real estate rises to climate challenge

    2021-03-03T12:09:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest your recent Property Week article on the Climate Crisis Action Plan and the need to measure individual buildings’ energy performance in use .

  • Business rates
    Insight

    Abolish broken business rates system

    2021-02-24T16:30:00Z

    Editor: There has been much discussion in the commercial real estate (CRE) sector about business rates recently, including a number of articles in  Property Week .

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    Variety will be spice of high street life

    2021-02-24T16:17:00Z

    Editor: Liz Hamson’s ‘Reset or RIP for retail?’ leader  is a stark reminder of the fight for survival that is raging on. Trying to find optimism, this may be a once- in-a-lifetime chance to press reset and totally rethink the way these places and assets work.

  • JD Sports
    Insight

    Stop big retailers gaming the system

    2021-02-17T15:02:00Z

    Editor: It has been possible for large high street chains such as Boots, H M, and JD Sports to take advantage and avoid paying rent for as long as possible, regardless of whether they could do so, given their apparent financial strength.

  • Burton
    Insight

    It’s time to reimagine the high street

    2021-02-17T14:59:00Z

    Editor: This week, we have seen shocking new figures that outline the vast amount of empty retail space on the market due to Debenhams’ and Arcadia’s collapses .

  • Investment generic
    Insight

    Stamp duty cut would stop offshoring

    2021-02-10T16:24:00Z

    Editor: The fact that local authorities have purchased commercial property through offshore vehicles should come as no surprise, and it is difficult to understand why they should be criticised for using perfectly legal means to reduce their purchasing costs, whatever their source of finance .

  • Amazon delivery
    Insight

    How to ease burden of business rates

    2021-02-10T15:38:00Z

    Editor: It came as no surprise to learn that Treasury officials are weighing up plans for an online sales tax to rebalance the scales between booming online businesses and struggling high street retailers.

  • City Hall, London
    Insight

    Lessons to learn from London Plan

    2021-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Editor: We can all be pleased that the London Plan has been signed off. We now have a clear plan that all of London can work to.

  • Retail
    Insight

    A flexible solution to the retail crisis

    2021-02-04T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Retail landlords are at the centre of a crisis on our high streets with growing customer preference for online shopping accelerated by repeated lockdowns. There could be further trouble ahead with the end to the eviction ban and reintroduction of business rates this spring.