• High street, Ickenham, Middlesex

    Town centres need a vibrant mix of uses to survive


    Town centres are clearly under the spotlight. One of the key recommendations in the recent Grimsey Review was “to accept that there is already too much retail space in the UK, and that bricks-and-mortar retailing can no longer be the anchor for thriving high streets and town centres”.

  • Housing ministers succession chart

    Merry-go-round of ministers adds to uncertainty


    As the political debacle around Brexit continues to unravel, with ministers resigning and abandoning the EU exit strategy, it makes me wonder if housing is being prioritised or sidelined.

  • Construction tech

    Bytes and mortar need collaboration to work


    It is difficult to guess who was more surprised when Kit Malthouse was made housing minister: the industry or Malthouse himself.

  • Rent signs

    Estate agent struggles shine spotlight on property investment


    As traditional estate agents continue to struggle and mull combining with online competitors, now is the time for investors to look at different ways to invest in the property market.

  • The Icon Designer Outlet at London O2 Arena

    ‘Safe haven’ outlets must not get complacent


    Outlets are indeed showing strong growth against full-price retailing, with the premium and luxury sector driving the growth, and are indeed an attractive safe haven from the retail storm battering the UK and western Europe, as Mickola Wilson noted in her recent comment piece.

  • Fizzy Living, Poplar

    Longer tenancies help build better BTR communities


    The government has recently commenced a consultation process with the aim of ‘Overcoming the Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector’. 

  • Old brewery gardens prosperity

    Encouraging BTR is the best way to help renters


    In a bid to drive up standards in the rental market, the government is considering introducing three-year minimum tenancies for private renters to give greater security of tenure , making renting more family friendly and bringing UK regulations in line with what is offered in much of mainland Europe and ...

  • Blackrock Heathrow Logistics Park

    Heathrow sheds set for take-off


    So Heathrow has finally done it. Subject to red tape, a third runway will be built to accommodate more transport routes and passengers and to exploit potential growth in new and emerging markets after Brexit.

  • Construction housebuilders 636 resized

    Land banking is a necessary resource


    It’s interesting to see how Sir Oliver Letwin’s draft report acknowledged the realities facing the housing sector, but also recognised that it is in developers’ interests to complete as many house sales as soon as possible.

  • House of Fraser, Oxford Street

    Local authorities shouldn’t rush into retail investment


    With retail landlords resorting to go rent free on some stores as CVAs from the likes of House of Fraser continue to bite, it’s clear that many local authorities need to start thinking more carefully about their role.