All Feedback articles – Page 3

  • Social homes
    Insight

    Social housing REITs are a win-win for everyone

    2021-05-19T08:23:00Z

    Editor: Civitas released a strong trading update recently, highlighting that 99% of rent was collected this past year and announcing an uptick in its dividend target for 2022. It was another indication of social housing REITs’ continued outperformance against other property REITs.

  • Homeless man
    Insight

    A tremendous response from industry

    2021-05-19T08:20:00Z

    Editor: On behalf of LandAid, we want to say thank you for the support of the industry on the launch of First Step, our three-year strategy to provide 1,000 beds for homeless young people and to facilitate £1m of pro bono work every year by 2023.

  • Green homes grant
    Insight

    Data can drive down retrofitting costs

    2021-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last month, the government axed the £1.5bn Green Homes Grant scheme, having reached just 10% of the 600,000 homes chancellor Rishi Sunak promised would be improved (‘Anger as Green Homes Grant is scrapped’) .

  • Cladding removal
    Insight

    The time has come to pay for profit

    2021-05-13T00:00:00Z

    Editor: We express our thanks to the emergency services whose prompt actions prevented the recent fire at New Providence Wharf from becoming a tragic sequel to Grenfell Tower.

  • Old people
    Insight

    Rental vital to senior housing market

    2021-05-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Last year was forecast to be a record year for the senior housing market, with more than £1.5bn expected to be invested. It didn’t happen but what we did see was an increase requirements for homes offering safety within a community setting and the need for solutions that drive ...

  • office ventilation
    Insight

    Good office ventilation just the start

    2021-05-07T00:00:00Z

    Editor: With lockdown restrictions easing, a return to the office is a priority for many. A recent study by Survation indicated that 74% of people want to return to the office – be that on a full-time or hybrid basis .

  • Ruddy shelduck
    Insight

    We must do more to protect our world

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: One of my favourite spots in the city is St James’s Park.

  • Energy efficiency rating
    Insight

    Time to act to make homes greener

    2021-04-29T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Aside from the issues of too few installers, delays in grant payments and the need for a long-term committed programme, the government must also address how it will encourage behaviour change among homeowners on energy efficiency.

  • Online shopping
    Insight

    We need a business rates reform now

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    Editor: Tax Day was sadly a Groundhog Day in terms of business rates reform. Delaying the government’s consultation on reform until autumn 2021, the fourth delay in a year, had been disappointing, but everyone hoped Tax Day (23 March) would provide some new insights.

  • ESG
    Insight

    Older property also has ESG investment potential

    2021-04-22T00:00:00Z

    Editor: ESG was a corporate buzzword long before Covid-19. But the possibility of translating this into a successful investment was still viewed by some with a degree of scepticism.

  • Closed Covid
    Insight

    More support is needed for tenants

    2021-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: I read with interest your coverage of the BPF’s call for landlords to submit evidence to MHCLG’s eviction ban consultation , which will undoubtedly offer the government invaluable insight as to what should happen after the ban is lifted.

  • Aluminium cladding
    Insight

    The government must act on cladding

    2021-04-15T00:00:00Z

    Editor: When no one can be held responsible, everyone must be accountable. That is why we have a government to collect and use our taxes to defend us, protect us, educate us, heal us, house and employ some of us, or support us when we are not.

  • 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
    Insight

    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.

  • Section 106 and CIL illustration
    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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
    Insight

    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 ...