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The Problem with LVT (and Why I Support It Anyway)

3rd November 2017

By Adam Challis

Buried deep in the Labour Manifesto - on Pg 86 in fact - was the casual mention of a desire to explore a Land Value Tax. Had the Conservatives run a more effective campaign, it might have got a better airing. As it was, well…

Party Conference Season: What the Conservatives have promised to boost housing supply and increase home-ownership

10th October 2017

By Alexandra Jezeph

Responding to the housing problem carries a new political imperative for Conservatives.   It is hard to dispute the reception of Momentum by young people, but argument over the economic sense of Labour’s housing announcements can be a moot point for those who have no capital, and therefore no stake in capitalism.  Part of Labour’s appeal is simply the offer of change.

Central London Development - A Bumpy Ride

26th September 2017

By Adam Challis

It is often cited that what happens in Central London ripples out through this city to the shires and countryside beyond. I have always found this analysis a bit too simplistic, but it does seem to hold weight among a few of today’s commentators.

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Stop playing politics and go all in on housing policy

8th June 2017

By Adam Challis

I have been inclined lately to proffer up yet another commentary – to add to the legion – on government plans to boost housing supply. I like to think it would be a well-reasoned critique, with a planning nip here and a land value tuck there, alongside yet another clarion call for more money. The presumption would be to spend wisely of course, these are still austere days after all – and away we go.

Except “we” never do go very far. Except housing supply never does respond very much. This, as a result, will not be that commentary.

Quiet optimism

Re-primed

30th March 2017

By Adam Challis

After more than a year of facing some uncomfortable truths of a market on the wane, there is a change in the Prime London residential market that is worth noting. To the chorus of 'you would say that', I'm going to say it… there are signs of a market on the turn. Transactions have been driven down to record lows and despite the legion of estate agents looking to put a brave spin on things, the truth is the market has been pretty dire for most of 2016.

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