Deloitte MIPIM: Liverpool’s Renaissance


Liverpool’s renaissance in the past decade has been well documented, from the Capital of Culture to Grosvenor’s award-winning Liverpool One scheme and more recently Peel Ports’ game-changing Liverpool Two expansion. It is this continued renaissance that fills the Liverpool delegation with confidence as we return to MIPIM with our largest delegation, a real energy in the public-private sector collaboration, and involvement from the wider City Region in the form of Wirral MBC and the Liverpool LEP. Collaboration and confidence, a great partnership.

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Posted on 16/03/2017 | 0 Comments

Deloitte MIPIM: Regeneration and Sir Howard’s Legacy


Undoubtedly, Manchester is seen by many as the leading contender for UK’s second city, something that can be attributed to the strong leadership that has continued to drive forward regeneration relentlessly over a distinctive 20+ year period. During this period, city centre living has certifiably returned to Manchester and this has been underpinned by strategic investment and positioning of land, diversification of employment markets, harnessing Manchester’s strength in key sectors, creating partnerships to drive delivery and perseverance through difficult times. Sir Howard Bernstein had a key role to play in all of the above and those responsible for continuing his legacy must ensure the city continues to deliver on its key priorities.

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Posted on 15/03/2017 | 0 Comments

Unlocking value through transport investment


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’


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?


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


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

Breaking up is hard to do: maintaining business integration when your organisation is geographically dispersed


20th century organisations often succeeded by operating from a single location. Take the newspaper industry as an example. For journalists, Fleet Street in London was the centre of the universe. They would mingle and eavesdrop, returning to their offices with fresh gossip. Not only were their headquarters based on the street, but their printing facilities were located within a stone’s throw of their type writer. The Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph, and other household newspapers, operated almost entirely from a single street.

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Posted on 07/02/2017 | 0 Comments

How well does real estate data track CFO sentiment?


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.

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Posted on 10/01/2017 | 0 Comments

Greater Certainty in Exchange for More Support

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.

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Posted on 08/12/2016 | 0 Comments