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

  • 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.

  • Theresa May

    It’s time to take tough decisions


    It’s not good out there. However much we enjoy not having to dress up for work or sniff armpits on a crowded train, the fact is Zoom is no substitute for face-to-face meetings.

  • Covid-19

    Covid-19 pandemic poses the ultimate arbitrage


    We are living through the most devastating period in modern history. The damage caused to our economy and society by the 2008 financial crash pales into insignificance by comparison.

  • Heathrow sign and plane

    Ruling against third Heathrow runway sets dangerous precedent


    You might expect me to be pleased at the recent Appeal Court ruling that the government had wrongly given Heathrow’s third runway the go ahead, given that I never believed it made economic or environmental sense.

  • Esther McVey

    No. 10: who stays and who goes?


    When Stephen Barclay, the secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union, resigned at 23:01 hours on 31 January as his department wound itself up, he started the reshuffle Boris made clear would follow once we had formally left the EU.

  • Boris Johnson

    Tory victory signals big changes


    So after all that, we have a government with a decent majority and a pretty clear objective – to get Brexit done and to level some of the gross inequality that still exists between London and the home counties and the rest of the country.

  • Polling station

    May the finger-biting now be over


    By the time you read this I hope you’ll have done your duty and voted.

  • Boris Johnson

    Johnson is clearly in his element


    So Boris finally got the election he was calling for.

  • London houses for sale and rent

    Owning a home no longer sacred


    I bought my first flat in Notting Hill in 1969 for £11,500. I daren’t think what it’s worth today, but it will be more like £1.5m.

  • Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

    Get this Brexit mess over with


    Honestly? I haven’t a clue. I can’t think of anything else to say to the steady stream of enquirers including several MP friends who ask: what on earth is going on in our politics and more to the point where is it all going to lead?

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