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Every quarter, my colleagues in Deloitte’s economics team survey more than 100 CFOs, many from FTSE 100 and 250 companies, asking a consistent set of questions to gauge business optimism. The results offer a fascinating economic perspective, especially when viewed over time, and of course they provide very relevant context to any discussion over the outlook for real estate. View the Deloitte CFO Survey.
Affordable Homes Funding Guide
Released at the same time as the draft Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance for 2016 but with less fanfare, was the Affordable Homes Programme 2016-2021 Funding Guidance.
High hopes for London housing as Hammond takes aim
Housing is now the government’s number one priority. Not only has the Chancellor allocated £7.2bn towards the construction of new homes (more funds than for any other key national infrastructure), there’s a clear focus on getting those homes where they’re needed most, which should include London and the South East.
At first glance, real estate is hardly a tech-fuelled industry: building design evolves at a glacial pace, construction relies on traditional methods, and the transaction process has barely changed for centuries. However, take another look: in a few short years, a mix of individuals, start-ups and established businesses have harnessed new technologies to address inefficiencies and generate new ideas.
Understanding the Manchester Residential Design Quality Guide
Deloitte Real Estate’s Manchester Planning team has played an integral part in the preparation of the draft Manchester Residential Design Quality Guide and will continue to advise Manchester City Council as the document is developed up to its publication in early 2017.
Broadening the Composition of London’s housing supply
I attended the excellent London Planning & Politics conference recently and joined a panel debating the key policy interventions to tackle London's housing crisis. My theme was the need to broaden the composition of housing supply in order to achieve the 50,000 per annum new homes that London needs.
In publishing "A City for all Londoners" the Mayor of London has reaffirmed many of his manifesto pledges (https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/cfal_oct_2016_fa_rev1.pdf). The document, known in GLA circles as "Towards a London Plan", acts as a prospectus for how to deliver the Mayor's pro-development vision for meeting London's ever growing housing, economic and infrastructure needs, while protecting the things that Londoners value and trying to meet as much of the city's growth demands within London itself.
The newly published Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is already making headlines, principally because it suggests making the first substantial changes to the green belt that we have seen in a generation.
One of the largest generations in history is about to move into its prime years. By 2025, they will grow to represent 75% of the workforce. Millennials are poised to redefine the world around them; their perspectives will change the way we buy, sell and carry out business.
“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date”
Shakespeare seems to have been as familiar with the language of leases as he was with the language of love (and no one before or since has combined this knowledge to such poetic effect).