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

  • 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.

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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.

  • Belvedere Gardens reception area

    Questions for WeWork characters


    “It goes to character,” say American TV lawyers when challenged for asking overly personal questions of the defendant.

  • Building house

    Stop building castles in the air


    There is a housing crisis. More homes are needed. Private developers build 85% of all new homes. They complain of planning red tape and land shortages. Red tape must be cut and more land zoned for housing. Developers will then build more homes, won’t they? No.

  • Wardian development, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs

    Towering ambitions in Docklands


    At 7pm on Friday 9 February 1996, I was one floor up from Property Week, working at Building magazine.

  • Twentytwo Bishopsgate and City skyline sunset

    The lioness and her pussycat


    PLP’s lead architect on 22 Bishopgate, Karen Cook, is a fierce defender of her craft, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, creator of the 1.4m sq ft City tower, which has just topped out at 945ft. “She is a lion; a brilliant architect,” he says. “But every lion needs a lion ...

  • Wirral Waters

    Something stirs in Wirral Waters


    Something stirs in the long-still Wirral Waters. Dutch pension fund APG is close to taking a punt on John Whittaker’s Peel Holdings’ plan (pictured) to regenerate 500 acres of Birkenhead docks, aka Wirral Waters – far more mellifluous.

  • Dorchester

    JLL pulls out of Brunei contract


    JLL has unilaterally withdrawn from managing nearly £2bn of hotel assets owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

  • Parliament 2019

    Parliament’s restorative dome


    Given the mood of the country, pitchforking parliamentarians into a shed in Tamworth and bulldozing their decaying talking shop would win more votes than spending £4bn restoring the Palace of Westminster. Insurers may view the shower (water, not people) that caused the Brexit debate to be suspended on 4 April ...

  • Houses of Parliament

    Lord Foster's 'pop-up parliament' considered as temporary home for MPs


    Plans for a ‘pop-up parliament’ designed by Lord Foster for Horse Guards Parade are being considered amid fears that stalled plans to move MPs into the Grade II listed HQ of the Ministry of Health on Whitehall will add two years and £350m in costs to the £4bn restoration and ...

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