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Climate protest

COP out on climate and Covid


Great. Just when we thought the doom-mongers might be wrong. This week, clouds started to gather once more on two potentially very stormy weather fronts: the climate and Covid.

Berlin commuters

It’s business as usual in Germany

2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Andrew Coombs

In a Financial Times opinion piece earlier this month headlined ‘Why Germany is the West’s sanest country’, columnist Gideon Rachman wrote: “The recent German election and its aftermath underline the point; it was a close contest, but the losers accepted the results gracefully. No one tried to claim that the ...


Make fuel poverty a thing of the past

2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Robert Whitton

We’ve had an abundance of fuel for so many decades. Suddenly there are energy problems that have affected the whole of the UK in recent weeks. We have frantically had to queue for petrol for our cars, and numerous energy companies have gone bust due to soaring wholesale prices.

Insulate Britain protest

Time to fight carbon with carbon


Are you, like me and most Brits, trying to do your bit to save the planet, but totally hacked off by the nihilistic tactics of Insulate Britain? Can I suggest a way to stop the lunatics from gluing themselves to the M25: next time they pounce, turn the heating up ...

David Mann and Saleem Sazal at pride

Celebrating 10 years of diversity

2021-10-21T00:00:00+01:00By Emma Whitby-Smith

It’s amazing that it only became illegal to discriminate against people identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the workplace in 2003. The property industry’s own landmark moment came in 2011, when Freehold was launched as a networking forum for UK real estate LGBTQI+ professionals.


HM Land Registry

HM Land Registry ‘registration gap’ widened in the pandemic


Huge increase in time taken to register new and updated ownership is causing big problems for real estate deals.

Boris Johnson

Local plans in jeopardy after Boris’s ‘green fields’ comments


Other councils may follow Welwyn Hatfield in pausing local plans after PM questions greenfield resi schemes.

Gym running machines

​Drive-thrus, gyms and cinemas lead recovery in leisure sector


Investment volumes are expected to recover as post-lockdown demand bounces back following brutal 2020.

Berkhamsted Courtyard

Q&A: Silbury partner Gavin Eustace on resi and retirement


Gavin Eustace explains why he set up the business and what he plans to do next.

Michael Gove

Gove hints at housing policy shift from South East to north


New housing secretary suggests in party conference speech that it will build more in north and less in south.

Culture Club

Diverse people reading books

We can’t go to the cinema, restaurants, pubs or shops. What can we do? We can read, watch TV and listen to podcasts and music, that’s what. But where to start? How about with some recommendations from the Property Week community?

Please send us your top book, Netflix and music picks and we will post them here. They can be as high or lowbrow, funny or tragic, relaxing or dramatic as you like – although perhaps steer clear of anything too depressing or apocalyptic, I don’t know, like the 2011 movie Contagion.

Send them to our Twitter and LinkedIn channels using #PWCovid19help including a few lines on why you’ve picked them and, if you can, a picture of what you’ve picked. Happy reading, watching and listening!

Your recommendations

Can't cook, will cook


Many of us are entering uncharted territory in more ways than one. Now the restaurants and pubs are off the social menu, quite a few will be venturing into the kitchen for the first time in a while and far more often than we would like.

Have no fear. ‘Can’t cook, will cook’ is here. Please send us your favourite family recipes or signature comfort dishes and we will share them with your fellow Property Week readers.

Your recipes


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