Liz Peace

Liz Peace

Liz Peace is chair of the GPA

 

 

  • Industrial estate
    Insight

    London’s industrial land dilemma

    2021-09-23T00:00:00

    My crash course in commercial property, when I joined the industry in 2002, taught me that there were three principal types: office, retail and industrial.

  • Diversity
    Insight

    We must prove that we matter

    2021-07-01T00:00:00

    A few weeks ago, courtesy of Real Estate Balance and Savills, I had the pleasure of chairing a seminar about social mobility in the real estate sector.

  • High Street decline, Stoke
    Insight

    A formula to rescue the high street

    2021-03-04T00:00:00

    What I find depressing about the increasingly hysterical debate on the high street’s decline and campaigns to rescue retail is the assumption that the answer is to put high streets back to where they were a decade ago: full of a plethora of shops of variable quality and success.

  • Green building
    Insight

    We need a single carbon plan

    2020-11-26T00:00:00

    I am sure I am not the only person heartened by the inclusion in the prime minister’s post-Cummings ‘reset’ agenda of a renewed emphasis on green matters.

  • Construction cranes
    Insight

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) conundrum is still not cracked

    2020-09-03T00:00:00

    The night before the Planning White Paper was published, a colleague from the 2016 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Review Group texted me in a state of excitement to say that one of the proposals was for an infrastructure levy, calculated as a fixed proportion of the value of development.

  • Treasury
    Insight

    A government property revolution

    2019-12-19T00:00:00

    At the end of December, my ‘tour’ as chair of the Government Property Agency (GPA) comes to an end. It seems like a good time, therefore, to reflect on why we were established in the first place, what we have achieved and what more remains to be done.

  • Euston HS2
    Insight

    We need positive news on HS2

    2019-08-15T23:00:00

    I will declare straight away that I have a specific interest in seeing HS2 confirmed and supported by our ‘new’ Tory government. Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), of which I am the chairman, would face a very uncertain and different future if the HS2 station proposed for ...

  • Property Awards 2019
    Insight

    Property is a huge force for good

    2019-05-02T23:00:00

    Back in the summer of 2001, I answered a job advert in The Times for the role of director-general of something called the British Property Federation.

  • Construction
    Insight

    Development counsel for councils

    2019-02-21T00:00:00

    I was at the conference of the District Councils’ Network a few weeks ago where Rishi Sunak, a very impressive junior minister from MHCLG, lauded district councils as being the engines and champions of economic growth.

  • Liz Peace
    Insight

    2019 forecast: Liz Peace CBE

    2019-01-10T09:50:00

    ”I think retail will have an even tougher year and neither central nor local government, nor property owners or retailers, seem to be able to work out how to do anything about it”

  • LandAid House topping out
    Insight

    Being LandAid's chair has made me so proud

    2018-12-07T00:00:00

    I’ve had a long association with LandAid, and one that gives me a huge sense of pride. I well recall Mike Slade telling me back in the early noughties when I was chief executive of the British Property Federation about his plans to turn a tiny charity, run by enthusiasts ...

  • Company employee loyalty
    Professional

    Looking at loyalty in a whole new way

    2016-11-24T10:00:00

    Does your heart sink when one of your employees comes sheepishly into the office and announces that they have been offered a new job and will be off once they have worked their notice?

  • Liz Peace
    Insight

    The Lib Dems are on the right track with their property policies, but they need to be bolder

    10 October 2014

    Party conference fatigue did not seem to be setting in for the Lib Dems this week, as they travelled up to Glasgow en masse and whipped out a string of policy proposals concerning the property industry.

  • Liz Peace
    News

    Conference talk: Local leaders with vision will be the key to devolutionary success

    26 September 2014

    The mood of this year’s Labour Party conference has been unusually informal but a little subdued, which could well be a hangover from the excitement of last week’s referendum.

  • Liz Peace
    Insight

    Federation at 50 looks back at lessons of history

    25 October 2013

    The BPF (British Property Federation) celebrated its 50th birthday this week.

  • Liz Peace
    Insight

    Politicians: wake up to property’s potential

    01 December 2006

    I don’t know what it used to be like before I joined the property industry in 2002, but I am sure we are more aware of what our politicians are up to these days. This was evidenced by the interest in next week’s pre-Budget report and the annual fever of ...

  • Insight

    Joined-up government is vital if regeneration is to succeed

    6 September 2002

    If development targets are to be met, government must not stifle the industry