Issue 1: 16 November 2015

    Starter homes move a non-starter?

    Fears are growing that a government proposal on starter homes could snuff out investment in the emerging build-to-rent sector. While others in the sector have pointed out the new policy proposal appears to contradict existing planning rules. There are also concerns that, in London at least, the “starter homes” moniker is already being used by [...]

    Report sets out London’s contribution

    Construction and development activity in the central London area contributes not just to the economy of London and the south east, but to the UK as a whole. A new report argues that central London development creates £5.3bn of GVA (gross value added) and supports 85,000 jobs in the UK regions. These contributions are part [...]

    Bedroom size proposals draw opposition

    Government proposals to set a minimum size for bedrooms in the rental sector have once again shone a light on Britain’s shrinking homes. The suggestion has been raised in a discussion paper, with the measure described as “new measures to tackle rogue landlords and overcrowded housing”. Currently, minimum bedroom sizes apply to homes in multiple [...]

    Paddington plaza revealed

    More than an acre of new public realm has been promised as part of the redevelopment of 31 London Street, the former Royal Mail sorting office site in Paddington. Bought by Singapore-backed Great Western Developments for £111m, the site has already been planned to a design by Renzo Piano Workshop, with Sellar Property Group appointed [...]

    Chelsea planners take tough line

    Cadogan Estates and planning consultant Gerald Eve have won planning permission at the second time of asking, to redevelop the Curzon cinema and Habitat block on King’s Road, SW3. The approval comes as local planners dig their heels in, over the quality of developments along the famous Chelsea shopping street. A recent appeal victory on [...]