Opinions from leading experts on the latest developments in commercial and residential property.

  • Insulate Britain protest

    Time to fight carbon with carbon


    Are you, like me and most Brits, trying to do your bit to save the planet, but totally hacked off by the nihilistic tactics of Insulate Britain? Can I suggest a way to stop the lunatics from gluing themselves to the M25: next time they pounce, turn the heating up ...

  • Petrol

    Make fuel poverty a thing of the past

    2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Robert Whitton

    We’ve had an abundance of fuel for so many decades. Suddenly there are energy problems that have affected the whole of the UK in recent weeks. We have frantically had to queue for petrol for our cars, and numerous energy companies have gone bust due to soaring wholesale prices.

  • Berlin commuters

    It’s business as usual in Germany

    2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Andrew Coombs

    In a Financial Times opinion piece earlier this month headlined ‘Why Germany is the West’s sanest country’, columnist Gideon Rachman wrote: “The recent German election and its aftermath underline the point; it was a close contest, but the losers accepted the results gracefully. No one tried to claim that the ...

  • David Mann and Saleem Sazal at pride

    Celebrating 10 years of diversity

    2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Emma Whitby-Smith

    It’s amazing that it only became illegal to discriminate against people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the workplace in 2003. The property industry’s own landmark moment came in 2011, when Freehold was launched as a networking forum for UK real estate LGBTQI+ professionals.

  • Houses

    First Homes could be last homes

    2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Nick Cuff

    The key priority for this government seems to be widening home ownership and the property world now has a new tenure to grapple with following the introduction of First Homes.

  • Brownfield site

    ​Brownfield sites can deliver more housing but longer-term approach needed

    2021-10-21T15:19:00+01:00By Lawrence Turner

    On 12 October, the government announced that approximately £58m of the Brownfield Land Release Fund has been allocated to local authorities to deliver housing on underutilised public sector land.

  • Business rates

    ​Reform of business rates relief must not be delayed any longer


    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has alluded that he might not give a comprehensive response to the consultation on business rates reform when he gives his Budget next Wednesday, but might “tinker with the system” – on the grounds that he has not yet had time to give the question proper consideration.

  • Covid-19

    ​We need to work together to reach net zero

    2021-10-19T11:28:00+01:00By Jessica Pilz

    If there was ever any doubt as to the devastating realities of our climate crisis, the IPCC’s recent report highlighting the current state of the climate should confirm otherwise.

  • Diversity

    ​Freehold networking forum reaches 10 years

    2021-10-18T00:00:00+01:00By Emma Whitby-Smith

    It is amazing that it only became illegal to discriminate against people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the workplace in 2003. Until Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations became law in the UK, you could effectively be sacked for being gay, while trans people did not receive protection until ...

  • Bank of England

    Inflation cloud looms on the horizon


    At the end of the day, all economics and its subset of business, of which real estate is but one segment, are about supply and demand.

  • Women at work

    Breaking the menopause taboo

    2021-10-14T00:00:00+01:00By Richard Simpson

    Menopause Awareness Day (18 October) focuses on a topic that until very recently would have caused no discussion among senior leaders in the property industry, and if it had it probably would have been the subject of a poor joke. That is the reality of the way our industry was ...

  • London skyline

    Time to revisit the 15-minute city


    Cities should work for everyone. A good place to live, work and spend time where the essentials of daily life are within a 15-minute walk or cycle ride rather than a drive away: that’s the fundamental principle of the 15-minute city.

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