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  • PW030223_construction_shutterstock_424808146_cred yuttana Contributor Studio

    Get in the zone with regen leases

    2023-02-02T00:00:00+00:00By Hayley Rees

    At the Convention of the North in Manchester on 25 January, housing secretary Michael Gove announced the government’s recommitment to investment zones. The initiative will allow some local authorities to designate sites that will be earmarked for tax cuts, relaxed regulation and planning simplifications within that area.

  • Planning

    Clock is ticking for consensus on planning policy

    2023-02-02T00:00:00+00:00By Mary-Jane O’Neill

    Although criticism of the government’s approach to housing is nothing new, recent news that four former housing ministers have spoken out against current policy should sound clear alarm bells for anyone involved in the development arena

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    Rates revaluation is a boost for retail

    2023-01-26T00:00:00+00:00By John Webber

    It is welcome news that M&S is planning a £480m investment across its UK stores, generating, as reported, more than 3,400 jobs and opening five new full-service stores: in Leeds White Rose, Liverpool One, the Bullring Birmingham, Manchester Trafford Centre and Lakeside Thurrock.

  • Net zero

    UK’s net zero plan must not overlook the obvious

    2023-01-26T00:00:00+00:00By Lucy Padfield

    MP Chris Skidmore’s Net Zero Review laudably focuses on making homes more energy efficient, but I join my property industry colleagues in calling for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors to truly tackle the UK’s energy efficiency challenge.

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    Retail faces sharp downturn in 2023

    2023-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By Addi Spiers

    Marks & Spencer and Tesco are the latest in a list of major high-street stores that reported better-than-expected sales over the Christmas period. Bricks-and-mortar retailers had taken a bit of a battering in the months prior as inflation hit and rolling industrial strikes affected footfall, so a positive result over ...

  • gavel

    Community Land Auctions not a practical solution

    2023-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By Nick Fell

    The levelling-up bill with all of its guises and amends has certainly kept the planning and residential sectors debating. Comments in the media are plentiful every time there’s a revision, and the Community Land Auctions amendment is no different, having been originally tabled in July last year and now back ...

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    In-use metric more valuable than EPCs

    2023-01-11T00:00:00+00:00By Sadaf Askari

    With rising energy costs and a recession expected throughout most of next year, we’re all too aware that energy efficiency will be top of the real estate agenda in 2023.

  • Finance

    It’s up to us to lay foundations of economic recovery

    2023-01-11T00:00:00+00:00By Jamie Holmes

    There is no denying that the economic forecast for 2023 appears bleak for the built environment sector, with property values set to fall and construction rates to slow.

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    The planning system must be streamlined

    2022-12-14T00:00:00+00:00By Laura Jenkinson

    There is a lot to unpack in Michael Gove’s latest announcements on planning reform. However, his general retreat from meaningful planning reform, his intention to penalise developers on buildout rates and his approach to diluting the ability to deliver housing will be to the detriment of those in desperate need ...

  • Help to Buy

    Shared ownership provides a solution for those priced out of the housing market

    2022-12-14T10:42:00+00:00By Jonathan Pearson

    Guy Burnett’s piece on shared ownership highlights some of the reasons it is so important that we do everything we can to protect this support for first-time buyers.

  • HSBC Bank

    Funding needed to regenerate high street heritage buildings

    2022-12-14T10:41:00+00:00By Matthew Mckeague

    Visit any typical British high street these days, and there are empty and boarded-up shops that have been left behind as businesses move online or are forced to close stores.

  • Student Housing Company Therese House

    Student housing needs more support

    2022-12-08T00:00:00+00:00By Phil Greaves

    Student housing has been one of the most resilient residential property classes, so investors in this sector are well placed amid the turmoil of the wider market. However, as highlighted by your piece ‘Easing the university squeeze’, there are challenges ahead that need to be addressed.

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