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  • Planning

    Planning system is not underfunded

    2023-06-01T00:00:00+01:00By Dexter Moren

    I write in response to comments by Ian Fletcher, director of planning at the British Property Federation (BPF), that “England’s planning system has been underfunded and under-resourced for at least a decade” and government needs to increase fees to “bolster planning teams”.

  • Investment

    RIF vehicle could help stimulate economic growth

    2023-06-01T00:00:00+01:00By Melville Rodrigues

    Your piece ‘Planned RIF vehicle promises to boost property investment’ referred to my lead role campaigning for the Reserved Investor Fund (RIF) in the context of a welcomed HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs consultation on the RIF.

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    Material steps for tackling inflation


    Editor: Disruption to the construction sector caused by the volatility of material price inflation shows no signs of abating, with recent analysis of Office for National Statistics data showing inflation added £23bn to the cost of the sector’s output compared with pre-pandemic levels.

  • Housing rent

    Government support needed to boost BTR delivery


    Editor: Four years since then prime minister Theresa May first promised “a better deal for renters” ahead of 2019’s general election, three PMs and a global pandemic later, the government introduced the long-anticipated Renters’ Reform Bill last week.

  • Victory Park, East Village

    Residents have rights too, Mr Norris

    2023-05-18T00:00:00+01:00By Peter W Gibbs

    Steve Norris is surely writing tongue in cheek in his recent comment piece .

  • Housing development

    Government must get to grips with housing crisis

    2023-05-18T00:00:00+01:00By Trevor Abrahmsohn

    The housing crisis lurches from tragedy to farce and no one is making any more land, leaving millions of renters lightyears away from owning their own residence.

  • Offices

    Prime office values are still resilient

    2023-05-11T00:00:00+01:00By Ilyas Aslam

    Your recent article ‘Cautious optimism as outlook brightens’ noted that the latest MSCI data shows recovery in UK commercial real estate overall. However, it records falling office values, which we believe are mainly due to the rise in interest rates.

  • MEES main graphic

    Airspace development can help avoid obsolescence

    2023-05-11T00:00:00+01:00By Mani Khiroya

    William Hulls’ letter highlighted software solutions for the monitoring and management of energy in the face of increasing MEES. But many small and mid-sized commercial landlords face a much bigger ‘hardware’ problem.

  • Tech

    Tech can combat asset uncertainty

    2023-05-04T00:00:00+01:00By Oli Farago

    I sympathise with the concern expressed in your recent article ‘Asset price plummet dubbed “biggest ever”’. While large-scale economic factors such as the lingering effects of the pandemic are harming industrial and office values, the general sentiment of hesitance in the sector is further slowing the market.

  • St Leonards on Sea

    Tackling second-homes crisis key for coastal towns

    2023-05-04T00:00:00+01:00By Amanda Williams

    Investment in levelling up the less urban regions of the UK will only be truly effective if we curb the number of second homes in our coastal towns.

  • EPC desktop calculation concept shutterstock_2194125859 Mongta Studio

    MEES: how to stay ahead of the curve


    Editor: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are now in force across England and Wales, and commercial properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below ‘E’ will no longer be granted tenancy, unless eligible for an exemption.

  • Michael Gove

    Gove’s cheap blast at social landlords not helpful


    Editor: No doubt it was well intentioned, but housing secretary Michael Gove has played a dangerous hand in the social housing blame game. It was a cheap blast to accuse social landlords of neglecting their tenants, even as he shirked the suggestion that government cuts were partly to blame.

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