All Feedback articles – Page 8

  • Workplace drinking

    Who will pick up the bill in the restaurants sector?


    Editor: What lies ahead for the mainstream restaurant sector? The bottom line is that lower occupancy will be the new norm until the perceived risk subsides.

  • Slate Yard Salford

    The demand for agile living is set to grow


    Editor: As the nation continues to live under lockdown and many of us get used to working from home, residents of apartments with poor facilities are finding out the hard way how vital it is to live in a property where you can work, live and play.

  • Closed shops Sheffield

    Rates revaluation threatens recovery


    Editor: For new rating lists to start next April, at a time when large scale physical changes may still be taking place, or at least bedding-in, just doesn’t make economic sense.

  • Coronavirus closed shops

    Sale-and-leaseback of limited value


    Editor: Sale-and-leasebacks are sometimes a good idea, but it depends on who the retailer is . The upside is that it’s a very quick way to raise capital and retailers are meant to be operational businesses rather than property companies, so it’s quite normal to operate from a leasehold estate. ...

  • Housing

    Fundamentals of PRS remain strong


    Editor: The recent roundtable discussion on the future of the residential property sector was all the timelier given the economic impact of Covid-19 and the increasing uncertainty now faced by a market only recently buoyed by the election and greater clarity around Brexit.

  • Flats

    BTR operators need to go digital to mitigate impact


    Editor: The Covid-19 pandemic is putting a strain on build-to-rent operations .

  • NHS building

    Property has huge role to play in crisis


    Editor: The news that CBRE has secured thousands of beds and car parking spaces near NHS hospitals for use by health service staff battling Covid-19 is truly impressive . 

  • Robert Jenrick Conservative Party Conference 2019

    Jenrick was right to challenge mayor’s London plan


    Editor: Given the difficult situation we are in, secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick’s intervention to prevent mayor Sadiq Khan from publishing the London Plan until requested changes have been made may have slipped through largely unnoticed.

  • Apex Airspace - Anthony and Roderick

    Housing: it’s time to reassess density


    Editor: While the concept of social distancing has stalled the majority of the country’s housebuilding projects , it has also raised the question of whether today’s new homes and developments can handle future pandemics.

  • London skyline pollution

    Many factors affect wellbeing of office employees


    Editor: In his article, Simon Creasey correctly noted the importance of air quality in offices to the wellbeing of staff . 

  • Surveyor

    Purpose of valuation has been lost


    Editor: As a retired chartered valuation surveyor with more than 40 years’ experience, I fear that the current debate about valuation models suggests that the profession has lost sight of the fundamental nature and purpose of valuation . 

  • Proptech

    Industry has yet to grasp the benefits of proptech


    The recent Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative report showing that the UK is leading proptech investment into Europe was encouraging news.

  • Rates valuations

    More action is required on business rates relief


    Editor: Some businesses can breathe a little easier following last week’s Budget. As Property Week  reported, the chancellor announced that any eligible retail, leisure or hospitality business with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will pay no business rates this year .

  • Rishi Sunak

    Budget measures must help everyone


    Editor: Extra business rates relief measures announced by the chancellor this week, added to those in the Budget, should go far in helping the retail and leisure sector through the worst of the current coronavirus crisis .

  • 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 ?’).