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  • Aerial view town streets shutterstock_763459339 cr Anna Jastrzebska PW170818

    Break the housing cycle with more affordable homes


    The decision in August by the Bank of England to raise interest rates by 0.25%, influenced by the prediction of imminent economic growth, may herald good weather ahead as we navigate through the tempestuous post-Brexit referendum storm

  • Retail outlook: shutting up shop

    Online sales tax would do little for high streets


    There are growing calls for an ‘online sales tax’ (OST) to redress the balance between physical and digital retailing but a fiscal solution may have to be more intricate – and how VAT is levied may be part of the answer.

  • Edinburgh greenery

    Land price freeze would have unintended consequences


    Having first suggested the Bank of England try and freeze house prices by introducing tighter mortgage lending restrictions, the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has proposed freezing land prices as a way of bringing down the cost of new homes.

  • Construction

    JV partnerships with councils deliver for everyone


    It’s only right that large investments by local authorities into property portfolios should be scrutinised, as outlined by Liz Hamson and Steve Norris.

  • House of Fraser

    Downward rent reviews: is this the time to create a new norm?


    With the issue of over-rented property hitting retailers hard and current market conditions showing no signs of short-term change, is the time right for downward rent reviews to now become a reality?

  • Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

    Could Sainsbury’s-Asda deal be derailed by CMA?


    All eyes are back on the Sainsbury’s–Asda deal after the Competition and Markets Authority announced the start of its investigation.

  • Housebuilding

    Greater focus on affordable housing is needed


    A major review of current housing policies has been needed for several years, and the recent green paper opens up constructive channels of dialogue and feedback, which should benefit the housing market.

  • Fibre optic cables

    Cutting-edge broadband can be profitable for developers


    With fast and reliable broadband an essential utility for most people, it is deeply concerning that the installation of true full-fibre infrastructure in the UK is lagging far behind many other countries 

  • American Embassy

    Don’t get caught out – always check who signed the lease


    Emanuele Midolo’s feature on the new US embassy in Nine Elms contains an interesting comment from a US state department official, which indicates that the embassy was funded by property sales including that of the former US Navy HQ at 7 North Audley Street/20 Grosvenor Square. 

  • Telfords BTR scheme The Forge in Upton Park

    BTR still has lessons to learn from other sectors


    CBRE’s latest UK Residential Investment Report notes that “international developers [are] circling the market” with £32.7bn of institutional equity targeting the UK private rented sector over the next five years. This is yet more evidence that investment in the sector is booming.

  • Houses

    Is the government’s housing target unachievable?


    There are a few things that Jacob Rees-Mogg and Jeremy Corbyn agree on. One is that our planning system is not working, so it is disappointing that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) kicks the ‘too difficult’ can of meaningful reform further down the street. 

  • Green belt

    Ancient council plans preventing new affordable homes


    The balance between protecting green belt land and delivering government housing targets is one that has always divided opinion. Yet, the misunderstanding and simplification of the term ‘protected green belt land’ is arguably the source of this contention.

  • Princes Quay, Hull

    Turnover lease model is vital for outlet retail success


    At a time when shoppers demand anything at any given time, subsectors such as outlet retail can be resilient but cannot risk being complacent. At Realm, a clear focus on the shopper experience, as well as being collaborative and agile in our retailer relations, is the foundation of the innovative ...

  • Dark clouds over houses

    Landlords face another kicking in government plans


    I refer to the recent comment piece by Alastair Stewart and in particular to the government proposal to introduce three-year minimum leases. Once again the government is bowing to the voices of those who shout loudest while ignoring the silent majority who have bailed them out of the housing crisis ...

  • Proptech image survey

    Millennials and proptech


    Digesting Property Week ’s Power of Proptech survey out last month it appears that the property industry as a whole is starting to embrace prop tech with 61% of respondents commenting that tech will have a positive effect on revenue in 2018 up 13% from 2017.

  • New houses

    The new NPPF provides the right foundations, but we must build on it


    A lot has changed in the six years since the publication of the first NPPF. London’s housing crisis of availability, affordability and quality has become more acute and is increasingly being experienced in other major UK cities.

  • China UK investment

    London investment from Asia still strong


    Figures indicating that UK buyers overtook Asian investors in the West End in the first half of 2018 were surprising if not totally unexpected.

  • Rent signs

    House price freeze wouldn’t help first-time buyers


    The recent IPPR paper ‘ On Borrowed Time ’ suggests that property is one part of our financial system that is so out of control that it requires a reset to prevent a future crash.

  • Signing house contract

    Longer tenancies: more security for renters or a vote grabbing political move?


    An estimated 46% of 25-34 year olds live in private rented accommodation. This has risen from 27% in 2006-2007 and, as such, the build-to-rent sector has seen massive growth.

  • 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”.