Steve Norris

Steve Norris

Steve Norris is chairman of Soho Estates and senior adviser to BNP Paribas Real Estate and a former Transport Minister and London mayoral candidate - you can find him on Twitter at @StevenJNorris

  • Boris Johnson Christmas 2021

    Boris Johnson may yet survive


    And so we bid a none-too-fond farewell to a year of frustration and disappointment for millions across the country.

  • Michael Gove

    Gove must avoid levelling down


    Just when we thought the worst of Covid was behind us, along comes Omicron. It may or may not be massively serious but meanwhile travel restrictions are tightened, supply chains disrupted and life in general is just a tad more miserable.

  • COP26 sign

    We must make sensible changes


    The media have been gorging themselves on COP26 all this week despite the obvious, which is that as ever with conferences of this kind, there will be lots of hot air and promises and very little action will follow.

  • Michael Gove

    Gove is the right man to fix housing


    Given that we’ve had 12 housing ministers in as many years, it is really very good news that while Chris Pincher, the housing minister in what was MHCLG, has retained his job, his boss is now the one man whose record in three departments – education, justice and DEFRA – ...

  • London Docklands

    Predicting the legacy of Covid


    We may not be entirely out of the Covid woods yet, but at least we can assume the worst is behind us.

  • Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds

    Boris failed to show leadership


    I know nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, but in my time in parliament I served two prime ministers who I looked up to.

  • Boris Johnson

    The glory may be fading for Boris


    Last Thursday’s by-election result in Chesham and Amersham where the seat that was last held with a Tory majority of 16,000 turned into a Lib Dem majority of 8,000 has shocked Westminster to the core.

  • Robert Jenrick

    Why the planning bill won’t pass


    I am clearly not the only commentator who takes the much-trumpeted commitment in the Queen’s Speech to reform of the planning system with a large pinch of salt.

  • Jermyn St

    Negotiation with tenants is vital


    For some time now I’ve enjoyed following my old friend David Cooper’s epic battle on behalf of a quite unique business in London’s Jermyn Street that sells incredibly expensive carpets.

  • Moving house

    Why the Right to Buy is a good policy


    Readers of this column will be bored rigid by my frequent denunciations of Help to Buy. My developer friends may well have taken me off their Christmas card lists but the fact remains that if you increase demand and supply remains constant, prices rise. It really is Rule 1.01 of ...

  • Period apartments Kensington

    New leasehold reforms are unfair


    Nobody said it better than the late great Kenneth Williams: “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me”. But that phrase must have also passed the lips of a few landlords over the past months.

  • High street shut shops

    Normality is still a long way off


    All the good news about vaccines has led to most of us looking at the rest of this year and wondering how long the lockdown can last and when life can get back to some semblance of normality.

  • City Hall, London

    Tories need to fight for London


    One of the intriguing aspects of the 2019 general election was the Conservatives winning seats they hadn’t won for nigh on a century.

  • Boris waving

    Johnson’s days are numbered


    So we go from lockdown to… lockdown. Unless you live in Cornwall or the Isle of Wight, in which case – lucky you.

  • City Hall London

    Sadiq Khan has been a disaster


    Don’t start me on Covid.

  • Donald Trump

    Can everyone please get a grip?


    Apparently more people are worried that we are not taking enough precautions to protect ourselves from Covid-19 than want to get the economy moving again. In which case, I fear that — not for the first time — I shall be in a minority.

  • Housing development with green space

    Planning reform may sow dissent


    There’s no doubt Boris Johnson wants to do something to stimulate housing numbers, for which he deserves some credit. The question of course is whether the recent slew of announcements is likely to survive any longer than most government decisions these days, when U-turns appear to be the order of ...

  • Boris Johnson

    Property needs clear leadership


    I’ve voted Conservative all my life largely because I don’t believe governments run things well – quite the opposite; most nationalised industries were effectively bankrupt before they were privatised.

  • Boris Johnson

    A long road to recovery


    The tectonic plates are moving – and not before time.

  • Soho in lockdown

    A temporary stop to traffic could kick-start Soho’s recovery


    For some time, I have argued that the corona cure is worse than the disease. To keep overweight septuagenarians like me alive, the next generation is paying an awfully high price. And closer to home, the damage to our economy is utterly unimaginable.

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