• PBSA goes to the top of the class
    Insight

    PBSA goes to the top of the class

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Blackstone’s £4.7bn acquisition of the iQ student portfolio earlier this year felt like a watershed moment for the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector, cementing its position as a mature, institutionally sought-after asset class with long-term liability matching income characteristics.

  • We will suffer without offices
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    We will suffer without offices

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    I was so furious following the exemption of grouse hunting from the ‘rule of six’, and then even more incensed following the New Look CVA and how the insane and immoral transfer of value from UK property owners to generally offshore private equity now seems to be OK, that I ...

  • Government outlines changes to the English planning system
    Professional

    Government outlines changes to the English planning system

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    A recent white paper proposes a ‘radical reform’, but experts cast doubt on the feasibility of the plans.

  • Health is now the priority on the home front
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    Health is now the priority on the home front

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Experience of the pandemic has taught us many things, but the importance of our health and wellbeing, and that of our family and friends, sits front and centre. Many people are now recognising the importance and need to focus on their physical and mental health and the importance of the ...

  • It’s time to diversify housing supply
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    It’s time to diversify housing supply

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Two policy changes stood out in long-awaited planning white paper ‘Planning for the future’ – the government’s blueprint for replacing England’s outdated, post-war planning rulebook with a radically new system.

  • The proposed new levy could be harmful
    Insight

    The proposed new levy could be harmful

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Our patched-up planning system needs to be simplified. After decades of near-constant reform it is misshapen, ineffective, slow, bureaucratic, costly and unpredictable. It can frustrate sustainable development, stifle innovation and is an insurmountable barrier for would-be development entrepreneurs.

  • Developers rethink residential design in wake of pandemic
    News

    Developers rethink residential design in wake of pandemic

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Report finds that top priorities are now home office space, bicycle storage, outdoor areas and cleanliness

  • The thin blue house
    News

    The thin blue house

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    The narrowest house in London goes on the market for just under £1m.

  • This week in… 1999
    News

    This week in… 1999

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Property Week  reported that “new kid” Unite had seen its shares rise by 5p to 112p after releasing its first set of interim results.

  • Spin class: WFH...again
    News

    Spin class: WFH...again

    2020-09-24T00:00:00Z

    Just a fortnight after taking a suite in our client Divoc’s flex office building and Sophie and I have got to go back to WFH. Our client has “generously” given us a rent holiday but on the quid pro quo that we don’t charge him PR fees.