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.
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.
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.
This year may well be remembered as the year when talk of rebalancing the economy away from London turned from rhetoric to reality.
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.
The recent article on St Pancras is a great piece that highlights the growing importance of train stations as key travel retail destinations.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.