Professional Analysis

Retirement home

Government gives retirement living sector a helping hand


New guidance and ground rent exemption are positive steps but may not be enough to tackle supply shortfall

Modern Office

Rise of flexible office space poses headache for valuers

By Adam Branson

Traditional valuation models are being questioned but it may take a downturn for valuers to alter their approach.

Baled waste

Farmers urged to be vigilant following rise in waste crime


Environment Agency calls on landowners to take preventative action to stop illegal dumping of ‘baled waste’.

Help to Buy flats for sale

National Audit Office highlights rewards and risks of Help to Buy scheme


Report finds scheme has boosted housebuilding but warns taxpayer could ‘lose out’ if market slumps.

Playground development

Councils forced to come clean about developer contributions


Transparency on how payments are spent is welcomed but concerns remain about other aspects of legislation

Closed down shop

Use class merger may have unintended consequences


Industry welcomes single use class plans but councils fear they may make high streets less vibrant and diverse

Empty office

Supreme Court’s ruling on £1 valuation is blow to landlords


Ruling that vacant building is worth £370,000 sets worrying precedent for owners of similar properties

Northamptonshire County Council building

Northamptonshire unitary authority plans fail to convince


Combination of seven councils into two sparks concerns that constituents’ local influence will be diluted

Leon House Croydon

PDR extension splits opinion over impact on high streets


New rights to turn shops to offices and takeaways to homes cited both as saviour and last straw for high street

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Architects’ report looks at how to build ‘more, better, faster’


Study by four architecture practices calls for more ‘distinctively local’ new housing developments.

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