All Feedback articles – Page 5

  • Construction of houses

    Creative thinking needed to fund low-cost housing


    Editor: In a recent article, Graham Lanktree reported that 34% of local authorities missed their housebuilding targets in 2019 .

  • Finance generic

    Firesales: alternative lenders should step in


    Editor: There were claims last week that Hammerson could be forced into a firesale after it reported slashing £800m from the value of its portfolio. Rival intu is also reported to be at risk if it fails to raise fresh equity to pay down its £4.7bn debt pile .

  • Planning

    Valuers need clear guidance from RICS


    Editor: As a chartered surveyor, I am encouraged to see RICS’ plan to evaluate its practices to ensure public trust in surveyors .

  • Office Space in Town, Waterloo

    RICS must update its valuation methods if it wants to remain relevant


    RICS’ move to regain any lost public trust in the chartered surveying profession is of course to be warmly welcomed. However, in focusing only on public trust, RICS is at risk of ignoring (and losing) the trust of the wider property industry.

  • Electric cars charging

    Infrastructure plan is needed to drive EV take-up


    Editor: The government’s decision to bring forward the ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035 is clearly welcome and extremely important for the environment. But it is not particularly helpful, as the electric vehicle market is still in its infancy (

  • Geograph

    Can we expect more ‘hobbit homes’?


    Editor: With changes to planning mooted in order to hit government housebuilding targets, the drive for quantity may have a negative effect on the quality of space in UK homes (‘ What does the election result mean for the planning system ?’).

  • Prefab modular construction

    Airspace development: involve stakeholders early


    Editor: The prospect of creating new homes in the ‘air rights’ on top of existing buildings offers the opportunity to significantly increase the number of homes being built, which could help ease the housing crisis in London .

  • Proptech

    Tech is key to solving housing crisis


    Editor:  Ritam Gandhi’s recent article was a timely reminder that tech is indeed crucial to solving the UK’s housing crisis .

  • Houses

    Outlook for residential sector is bound to improve


    Editor: Your article last week, ‘ Institutional investors looking to invest more in the resi sector ’, revealed a not unsurprising trend. With Brexit certainty and the ‘Boris bounce’ effect taking hold, the outlook for property – particularly residential – is bound to improve.

  • Inside track: platforms in  the proposed HS2 station

    We must connect north’s thriving cities


    Editor: At last, HS2 has been given the green light .

  • Student accomodation

    Demand for affordable student homes must be met


    Editor: Your recent piece exploring the pitfalls for investors as student accommodation booms makes clear that the evolving asset class has emerged as a mainstream investment . However, it misses one of the most significant issues facing the sector: an overweighting in new luxury supply against a shortage of more ...

  • Co-working

    JV represents future of workspace


    Editor: It was exciting to read about the partnership between Serendipity Labs and Newable and its co-working launch in the UK .

  • City of London

    It’s no surprise flex office providers are expanding


    Editor: Your recent article ‘ Over 1,000 companies to open new post-Brexit offices in UK ’ is further evidence that Brexit-related doom and gloom in the UK property market has been misplaced. The evidence indicates that the UK is still open for business – and the office sector especially looks ...

  • Climate change

    Yes, housebuilding can go green


    Editor: As your article ‘Hitting green target is a huge challenge for housebuilders’ makes clear, the housebuilding industry has a sustainability problem .

  • Green buildings

    How we can help to hit carbon target


    Editor: It is great to see that Property Week  and the UKGBC are launching the Climate Crisis Challenge .

  • Empty high street shops

    Convenience still counts for investors in retail


    Editor: January brings its usual gloomy round of retail health warnings, with even food retailers reporting downward sales and the market bellwether of John Lewis deciding whether or not to pay its partners their annual bonus, but there are pockets of retail resilience .

  • Investment

    More stable political climate will boost investment


    Editor: Last year was challenging for many in UK real estate. This was not due to investors losing interest in our market, but largely because it was difficult to move forward without certainty on Brexit.

  • Co-living generic

    Hotels can learn from co-living sector


    Editor: With Savills predicting an increase in UK hotel market activity this year , perceived stability in the market and the continued growth of the international tourist and staycation market, hotels are not alone in recognising the opportunities current market conditions offer.

  • Nicola Sturgeon

    A second Scottish referendum remains unlikely


    Editor: Your post-election commentary highlights a “resurgent SNP” and pressure on Westminster to deliver another independence referendum . The quote from Alex Price refers to the results “creating uncertainty in this region” – arguably true, but it’s worth examining if any uncertainty is justified.

  • Investment

    Housing requires diverse investment


    Editor: In his recent article, Greg Hill highlighted the risk that a rise in the Public Loans Work Board rate poses to regeneration and housing schemes supported by local authorities .