Mel is news editor at Property Week.
Property Week’s Editor’s Dinner: Examining the property menu
A cross-section of industry leaders and veterans gathered in central London on 9 March for Property Week’s annual Editor’s Dinner.
Inflection targets £100m of logistics and warehouse acquisitions for investment platform
Inflection Real Estate plans to acquire £100m of UK logistics and retail warehouse space over the next 18 months in partnership with commercial property investment tech platform Propshare, Property Week can reveal.
Levelling up ‘failed’ in Northern Ireland but regional opportunities remain, says Mipim panel
Levelling Up has “failed” in Northern Ireland, leaving the region two decades behind the rest of the UK, according to Belfast City Council chief executive John Walsh.
Future of Leicester BTR scheme unclear after Highcross receivership
Plans for a 300-plus home build-to-rent (BTR) scheme in Leicester have been thrown into doubt after Hammerson and Norinchukin’s 1.1m sq ft Highcross shopping centre in Leicester was placed into receivership this week.
Planning fee hike slammed
Government proposals to hike planning fees by as much as 35% for major developments could price small developers out of the market and create a “two-tier planning system”, industry sources have warned.
Southern Grove scores greenfield planning win ‘off Local Plan’
Developer Southern Grove has succeeded in gaining planning approval for a 220-home scheme in Whitstable, Kent, despite the site not being included in Canterbury City Council’s Local Plan.
Building connections: Big interview with BPF’s Melanie Leech
British Property Federation chief executive Melanie Leech explains to Property Week why building relationships at a local, regional and national level is the key to future development.
Q&A: Southern Grove chair on the UK’s housing supply issues
Firm’s founder Andrew Southern says ‘blue-sky thinking’ is needed for housing planning and development.
TikTok takes whole Farringdon office scheme
Tech giant TikTok Information Technologies has pre-let the whole of Topland Group’s Verdant development in Farringdon, London.
NPPF gives LAs more reasons to reject new housing sites
Industry not keen on housing secretary Michael Gove’s reforms and their likely impact on housing delivery.
NPPF to make housebuilding harder as LAs given more reasons to reject schemes
Even those who eat, drink and sleep property would have surely had little appetite to fully consume the government’s 15-chapter consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) when it was published so close to the end of the year.
Industry icon Godfrey Bradman passes away
One of the property industry’s best-known figures, Godfrey Bradman, has passed away aged 86.
Cineworld to begin discussions over sale of whole business
Bankrupt UK cinema operator Cineworld Group has confirmed it will begin discussions this month with potential buyers, but only those interested in buying the entire group as it seeks to avoid breaking up the business.
DLUHC launches NPPF consultation with focus on local plans
Incentives for more local authorities to adopt new-style local plans and the introduction of National Development Management Policies, to provide consistency for small and medium housebuilders, are among the proposals in the government’s long-awaited consultation to update the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published yesterday.
Schroder European REIT refinances largest debt early
Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) has completed the refinancing of its largest debt €14m (£12.3m) loan due to expire next year, early.
Pubs raise glass to alcohol duty freeze
The government’s decision to freeze alcohol duty for another six months will allow £180m to be reinvested into the pub and brewery industry, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
Derby kickstarts US pizza giant’s plans to retake slice of UK market
US pizza giant Little Caesars Pizza has opened a store in Derby, its first British store in more than two decades, and has further plans to roll out the brand across the UK.
Dilly Hotel sale completes
The Fattal Group has completed its purchase of London’s The Dilly Hotel from Archer Hotel Capital.
LendInvest completes first loan under resi portfolio product
LendInvest, the asset manager for property finance, has completed a £37m loan secured against a nationwide portfolio of mainly residential investment properties.
Martin’s strikes £30m deal with Canada Life
London real estate firm Martin’s Properties has agreed a £26.9m refinancing deal with Canada Life Investments to bolster its strategy of developing and acquiring assets in South East commuter towns.