Pent-up demand for penthouses?

Nov 30, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant The super-prime market is rarely affected by the vagaries of the general housing market, but it is a very good guide to confidence in the economy – if rich people are investing in London, they obviously think the UK has a prosperous future. With this

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Onwards and upwards for extensions?

Oct 31, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant The government has launched a fresh consultation on permitted development rights (PDR) for upwards extensions, following its 2016 London-focused consultation which concluded with plans being withdrawn. The new plans were trailed at the recent Tory party conference, where communities secretary James Brokenshire said we “need

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Budget 2018 Special

Oct 29, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Hammond’s highly-anticipated pre-Brexit budget was slightly underwhelming from a housing and planning perspective. However, he did admit that the Letwin review (published today) confirms that large developers ‘do not engage in systematic land banking’ – something we already knew but nice to have it confirmed

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Lib Dem conference – roundup special

Oct 5, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant The Lib Dem conference this autumn may have garnered more media attention for ‘exotic spresm’ than any policies, but this does it a disservice. While the party was still (a whopping eight years later) having to spend time defending tuition fees, there was a cautious optimism

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What came first, the chicken or the household projections?

Sep 27, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released dramatically lower household number projections than previously forecast, causing quite a stir in the planning world.  The 2014 projection, calculated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), stated the number of households would grow by 210,000 a year in England – resulting in 28 million homes

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Greenfield land prices flourish – but central London slumps

Sep 27, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant Knight Frank has released its latest Residential Development Land Index for Q2 2018, showing the biggest annual rise in greenfield land prices in England since 2014. Prices rose by 2.1% on average in Q2 of 2018, taking the annual growth to 4.6% – the strongest seen

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Garden communities set to bloom

Aug 30, 2018

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By Vivienne Shirley, Senior Consultant In a busy month for the Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire has announced a new garden communities programme to provide tailored advice and potential grant funding to help get garden village and town projects off the ground. Councils, as well as developers that

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