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

Autumn Statement analysis

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.

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Posted on 24/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Real Estate Innovation: Where are we heading?


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


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