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  • Construction workers

    One year on, what has the white paper achieved?


    It is a year since the housing white paper. As Chris Smith writes, it was heralded as a much-needed set of policy proposals capable of restoring life to a sector that had become stale.

  • Old brewery gardens prosperity

    London is lagging behind in seizing BTR opportunities


    Last week’s unveiling of plans for a £175m landmark scheme in the centre of Manchester shows UK’s regional cities are booming and build-to-rent (BTR) can help keep the good times going.

  • Osit st dunstans

    Investors waking up to benefits of serviced offices

    2018-02-07T07:06:00+00:00By Giles Fuchs (OSiT)

    RDI REIT’s acquisition last month of a significant majority stake in a portfolio of four established high-quality serviced offices could indicate a sea change in how serviced offices are viewed as an investment opportunity.

  • Quarry_Hill SOYO

    A turning point for development in regional cities

    2018-02-05T17:41:00+00:00By Johnny Caddick

    This year may well be remembered as the year when talk of rebalancing the economy away from London turned from rhetoric to reality.

  • Jean-Marc Vandevivere

    PDR helps to deliver the homes that we need

    2018-01-31T12:36:00+00:00By Jean-Marc Vandevivere (PLATFORM_)

    The Local Government Association made the news the other week by calling for an end to the permitted development rights (PDR) that allow developers to bypass certain parts of the planning process when undergoing building renovations.

  • St Pancras retail

    Full speed ahead for growth of train station retailers


    The recent article on St Pancras is a great piece that highlights the growing importance of train stations as key travel retail destinations.

  • House of Fraser

    We must refinance retail assets at more realistic levels


    January is a time for lifestyle resolutions, which often means getting fit. Our office is filled with the aroma of herbal tea and the clutter of gym kits after a December spent building up a ‘winter coat’. Sadly, in the retail sector, it is also traditionally the month when weaker ...

  • Stamford Bridge2

    Developments must be delivered more quickly


    The delay being caused by Chelsea FC’s right-of-light battle with its neighbouring property owner highlights just some of the reasons development projects take so long to come to fruition after planning consent is given.

  • Alok Sharma, RESI Conference 2017

    Ministers need time to make progress on housing


    During Alok Sharma’s first speech as housing and planning minister, he quipped that there had been five planning ministers in five years and, a bit like Doctor Who, he was merely the latest incarnation.

  • Dominic raab

    Housing needs a long-term minister for continuity


    While the elevation of housing to Cabinet status is proactive and shows housing is a priority for the government, there is a need for continuity, with excessive change threatening the momentum gained so far.

  • Paradise Birmingham

    Carillion collapse is another mishap for government


    The FTSE had a rather miserable start to the new week, not only opening lower despite Asian shares hitting a new historic high overnight but being dragged down as British firm Carillion went into liquidation.

  • Kensington roof gardens flickr cred christine und david schmitt

    Business rate rises hitting London nightlife too

    2018-01-11T05:47:00+00:00By John Webber

    Kensington Roof Gardens hit the news last week when it announced it was closing its doors after 35 years of trading. But it won’t be the only top night spot in the capital to find crippling business rates bills are making operating costs totally untenable.

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