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Industry divided on impact of Valuation Office Agency’s new business rates appeal system

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VOA sees big dip in appeals as sign that new system is working, but critics say red tape deters genuine objections

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Dogs in workplace give employers paws for thought

By Andrew Barnes

When working with occupiers to identify new accommodation options, a question that is increasingly asked, especially by US occupiers looking to expand in London, is: can we have dogs in the building?

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High street watches anxiously as supermarkets go to court over business rates on ATMs

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Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-Op, and Cardtronics take case against business rates on ATMs to the Court of Appeal.

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Property must fight back against bad press and celebrate successes

By Richard Steer

I am not being unnecessarily jingoistic but the UK truly has one of the best property and construction industries in the world.

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The rise of densification in towns and cities

Densification is an increasingly prevalent trend but how can it be best employed? John Morgan looks at why the trend is becoming so popular and how to effectively increase a development’s density.

Proptech

Proptech – staying ahead of the curve

It is a dynamic time to be in real estate right now, with proptech starting to have an important impact on both the residential and commercial property sectors.

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Is traditional retail in free fall?

By David Mitchell

For investors, the choice is between traditional retail and the burgeoning logistics sector, according to David Mitchell of Property 2018 organisers Shepherd+Wedderburn

Construction

New study casts doubt on claims that neighbourhood plans boost housebuilding

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Lichfields report finds most neighbourhood plans are not helping to boost housebuilding, but opinion is split on their merit.

Planning

Raynsford Review: how government should tackle planning’s ‘major crisis of purpose’

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Report by the former minister for housing Nick Raynsford calls for a simplified, people-centred planning system.

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Planners could learn a lot from working in the private sector

By Bissan Zamzam

There remains a general perception among the public and within some planning authorities — I worked at three of them — that developers have infinite pots of money to throw at projects and that planning delays are part and parcel of the game.

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