Planning and Development in Real Estate

Unlocking value through transport investment

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Yet again transport investment and real estate value forms a key discussion topic at this year’s MIPIM with representation from all of the major transport investment projects. The projects aren’t new, so what has changed since last year?

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Posted on 15/03/2017 | 0 Comments

Housing White Paper – Fixing our broken housing market

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I have been reflecting on whether the Government’s latest housing proposals will achieve Sajid Javid’s ambitions for “radical, lasting reform” and create a “new, positive, mindset to house building”.

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Posted on 13/02/2017 | 0 Comments

An EIA co-ordinator point of view - in the midst of ‘competent experts’

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A new EIA Directive 2014/52/EU will be transposed into UK legislation by May 2017. Included within the Directive will be the requirement that ‘proportionate’ and high quality EIAs are undertaken across the EU. We consider how this change may affect EIA professionals in England in the context of what is a “competent expert”1.

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Posted on 09/02/2017 | 0 Comments

A step towards a clearer, fairer and faster compulsory purchase process?

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The Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, published on 7 February 2017, identifies that compulsory purchase law gives local authorities extensive powers to assemble land for development and that recent and proposed legislation (the Housing & Planning Act 2016 and Neighbourly Planning Bill) is reforming CPO process to make it clearer, fairer and faster. As a result, planning authorities are encouraged to use these powers, particularly in areas of high housing need.

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Posted on 09/02/2017 | 0 Comments

Comment: Build-to-Rent provisions a welcome inclusion in the Housing White Paper

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The White Paper provides the clearest support yet for Build-to-Rent (BTR) development. A consultation paper on Planning and Affordable Housing for Build to Rent has been published alongside the White Paper.

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Posted on 08/02/2017 | 0 Comments

Real Estate Innovation: Where are we heading?

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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.

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Posted on 17/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Planning Insights

Understanding the Manchester Residential Design Quality Guide

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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.

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Posted on 17/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Planning Insights

Broadening the Composition of London’s housing supply

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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.

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Posted on 07/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – it took a while – but we think it was worth the wait

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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.

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Posted on 24/10/2016 | 0 Comments

Transposing the amended EIA Directive – preparing for change

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On 12 March 2014, the European Parliament voted to adopt substantive amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2011/92/EU. With aims of maintaining the level of environmental protection provided by the Directive, the changes seek to increase efficiency with other EU environmental assessments, aid harmonisation of practice between Member States and improve on quality by moving away from a purely procedural process.

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Posted on 25/02/2016 | 0 Comments