All Feedback articles – Page 13

  • Diversity inclusion hands

    Effecting change in industry is our job


    Editor: Your leader last week responding to a complaint about the lack of gender diversity in the magazine made for difficult reading. And that’s because you are completely right – property has a diversity problem and the responsibility lies with us, your readers, not you .

  • Flats

    Time to celebrate renting as a lifestyle choice


    Editor: As Samuel Horti touched on in his recent market report, a chief job of branding agencies is to work with developers to get the unique benefits of BTR across to target consumers .

  • Theresa May

    End of May brings threat to stability


    Editor: While Theresa May’s resignation was not much of a shock, it raises the question of whether the property industry should take stock of new threats a change of leadership might bring.

  • Climate Change index

    Industry needs help in fight against climate change


    Editor: It is great to see Property Week examining how developers are addressing carbon emissions, but individual businesses cannot do this on their own . We need a planning and regulatory system that is more supportive.

  • Diversity

    Institutions must help drive diversity


    Editor: Shareholder activism has swept across public markets in recent years with regular rebellions over pay, environmental concerns, diversity and social factors all becoming commonplace (‘ Shareholders stage AGM revolts against REITs’ executive pay plans ’).

  • Workspace

    MLI owners should embrace flexibility in the sector


    Editor: There is concern among multi-let industrial (MLI) property owners that the emergence of new operators in their sector could see them relegated to passive owners of an underlying asset . However, the experience of the flexible workspace sector suggests that this does not have to be the case.

  • Debenhams Oxford Street

    Retail CVAs could limit local funding


    Editor: Now that Debenhams’ CVA plans have been approved by its creditors , the struggling retailer will eventually be able to close a third of its 166 UK stores to continue trading.

  • Oxford Street

    Oxford Street remains a top shopping destination


    Editor: It was disappointing to read your pessimistic article ‘ Oxford Street blues ’. While it is true that Oxford Street has had “a difficult few months”, contrary to the claims in your article it very much remains one of the world’s top shopping destinations.

  • Work discussion

    Mental health must be top of agenda


    Editor: Corporate environments have made great strides in recent years to shift stigmas around mental health – but there is still much to be done.

  • Run down office

    PDR risks creating a new wave of slum housing


    Editor: The extension of permitted development rights (PDR) is the clearest sign yet of the low regard afforded to the quality of the homes we provide in the UK.

  • View from Southbank

    London is still a magnet for investors


    Editor: With all the noise surrounding Brexit you would be forgiven for thinking that London is teetering on the edge of economic purgatory, and of being cut off from the supply of cautious global capital. The reality is altogether different. 

  • Electric cars charging

    Improving EV charging infrastructure is essential


    Editor: If we have any chance at all of reaching the government’s target of ‘net-zero’ emissions by 2050, then much more needs to be done to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles, or EVs (

  • Office conversion

    Old Labour, new danger over PDR


    Editor: Labour’s pledge to ditch permitted development rights (PDR) is one more reason to fear the ravages of the Labour Party gaining power.

  • Construction housebuilders 636 resized

    Freedom to build extra storeys is not a free-for-all


    Editor: Many landlords are planning for additional storeys to properties in town and city centre locations following the chancellor’s announcement that permitted development rights for upwards extensions will be in place by autumn.

  • Shop window Worthing big read sale sign

    Empty units offer opportunity for UK


    Editor: Debenhams’ drawn-out demise is just the latest reminder that the UK’s retail sector in its current guise is no longer sustainable. An ever-increasing number of empty commercial spaces across Britain’s high streets and retail parks is the result .

  • Brexit

    Article 50 extension may have been worst option


    Editor: Property investors pursuing purely opportunistic strategies will be disappointed with last week’s agreed Article 50 extension, which postponed an imminent hard Brexit. Likewise, real estate brokers looking for market movement will have found little to be cheerful about given extended uncertainty (

  • Brexit

    Brexit: remain and get the best deal


    Editor: I write in response to some of the claims Richard Tice made in his letter supporting his view that the UK should leave the EU for our economic benefit .

  • Workspace

    Stop fixating on millennials – focus on the end user


    Editor: Commercial real estate landlords and managers believe they have a pretty good handle on who millennials are and what they want from their workplace: stripped-back offices, funky seating, industrial-style lighting, coffee and beer on tap and a few splashes of colour. But do they?

  • Egypt

    New Egypt capital must be open to all


    Editor: Having read Emanuele Midolo’s overview of Egypt’s new capital , my first thought was that there was one important aspect that could be included: the opinion of Egyptian people towards the mega city.

  • Social housing

    It’s disheartening to see new housing standards slip


    Editor: London has a long tradition of progressive and sustainable social housing projects. From the late 1800s onwards, organisations such as the Guinness Trust and Peabody have made great improvements to the capital’s housing stock and enabled generations to live in areas throughout central London.