Peter Bill

Peter Bill

Peter Bill is a former property editor, journalist, columnist for the Evening Standard from 2007-15 and author of Planet Property. You can follow him on Twitter @peterproperty

  • Housing estate being built

    Planning Bill won’t change a thing


    To start, a diatribe on the dogma endangering the Planning Bill proposed in the Queen’s Speech last week.

  • Climate change

    Marketing won’t save the planet


    George Orwell said: “The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Yes, and for others to read them. Everyone in real estate treats everyone else in the game as foolish, at least when it comes to trumpeting projects.

  • Millbank scheme

    I spy tenants for the Millbank refurbishment


    A decade into a debate on ways to restore the Palace of Westminster, the grand and good greyheads in charge will be gratified to learn the passage of time has opened up a new decant option. Room enough for 1,500 displaced parliamentary staff will become available at 7 Millbank in ...

  • David Delaney IPSX

    Will this be the year the IPSX idea floats?


    PrimeLocation was launched in 2001 after nearly 200 agents, including Savills and Knight Frank, raised £11m to fund one of those new-fangled websites.

  • Trafford Centre

    SEGRO, CPPIB and boxing clever


    Word has it SEGRO is seeking a plot in or around the Square Mile on which to dig a ruddy great big hole.

  • Aldgate

    Covid crunch is coming for offices


    On Tuesday, the City of London Corporation gave permission for a 12-storey groundscraper set on the frayed eastern rim of the City. The 304,000 sq ft brise soleil-wrapped block (pictured) would look fine on sunny Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. On dull old Aldgate? Gaspingly out of place.

  • White Collar Factory

    Spinning beach ball Babylon


    On a breezy spring day in 2013, I gazed out upon a giant beach ball, tethered to the roof of a building adjacent to Old Street roundabout, north of the Square Mile.

  • John Lewis Oxford street 2020

    Time to restore trust in valuers


    In July, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) directed four big accountants to set apart their audit arms by 2024.

  • Tightly packed flats

    Factoids and housing crisis fixes


    Rodding the planning drains may improve the flow of applications. But Boris Johnson’s claim that reforms contained in ‘Planning for the Future’ will increase the volume of new homes is humbug.

  • Diversity

    Diversity goes beyond box ticking


    Hiring more women? Tick. Hiring more BAME people? Tick. These days, there is no point in even pitching for work without slides proving your diversity and inclusion credentials.

  • westferryprintworks_665639

    Learning from the past master


    A pity Richard Desmond did not follow the late Tony Pidgley’s footwork when trying to double the size on his now-notorious scheme for 1,500 flats at Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs – if only to understand how Berkeley got permission to build 1,280 flats on a plot one ...

  • Tony Pidgley 2014 Goodman's Field's index

    Obituary: Tony Pidgley – ‘the best teacher in the business’


    Planet Property author and former EG editor Peter Bill shares his memories of Berkeley Group boss, Tony Pidgley, who it was announced on Friday has died.

  • westferryprintworks_665639

    Listing ships and a circus


    David Atkins is still at the wheel at Hammerson until a replacement chief executive is found. On Monday, Rob Noel entered the map room of the drifting retail giant as incoming chairman. The former Landsec boss is now in charge of plotting the future direction of the listing ship, with ...

  • Meadowhall aerial

    Don’t go boldly into the storm


    Next Wednesday, 27 May, British Land is likely to declare a stonking loss for the year to March, caused by valuation shrinkage within the £4.8bn retail portfolio.

  • Coronavirus closed shops

    The guessing games are in full swing


    As suggested here on 27 March, the level of grace under Covid-19 pressure will define reputations post-pandemic: that decency, or lack of it, will be remembered on the far side. Four weeks closer to the far side, grace and its twin virtue, decency, continue to predominate.

  • Work from home

    Time to show grace under pressure


    “Mummy? Daddy? What did you do during the time of coronavirus?”

  • Westfield croydon development night scene

    You have to feel for LSH staff


    Feel for Lambert Smith Hampton staff. By the time you read this, one of two things will have happened: either LSH will have been acquired by reclusive Dane John Bengt Moeller; or the 950 staff will still be in the unwanted hands of estate agency group Countrywide, which has been ...

  • Amazon parcel

    To live or die on the high street


    Additional business rate relief for shops will do as much good as giving alms to a beggar. Over 600,000 poor beggars already get relief in some form or another. Rateable values are referenced to rents, so rates will fall, eventually.

  • Diversity

    Why we’re all Sneetches at heart


    The Sneetches by Dr Seuss is a parody of prejudice and diversity – both current property sector preoccupations.

  • Broadway plans

    Nimby policies to attract voters


    Plop: the first general election leaflet hit the doormat last Saturday. A tightly targeted anti-development screed from Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald. The loyalist successor to batty Ann Widdecombe is clearly not a deux with the Conservative target of building 300,000 homes a year.

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