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Re-primed

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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The Rise Of Mass Production Housing

By Adam Challis

For a Government seemingly doing and saying a lot of sensible things on housing, it isn't half taking a lot of flak for it. Is our scepticism of those in charge so high that we default to 'something must be wrong' anytime a new announcement is given? OK, fair enough – there is plenty of precedence. But maybe not this time.

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Will tenants pay more rent for amenities?

By Richard Valentine-Selsey

There is an ever-growing list of amenities that can be provided within Private Rented Communities (PRCs) ranging from the functional parcel storage room or bike spaces to the aspirational private dining and cinema rooms. But what impact do they have and can they result in a rental premium?

Fighting Talk

By Adam Challis

LSE Professor Christine Whitehead recently totted up the number of new housing policy initiatives since 2010. It seems there is no shortage of energy being poured into housing initiatives, so you might expect me to be cheering a White Paper that seems increasingly likely to offer a whole new raft of ideas to work through. Based on what we know so far, I have decidedly mixed views.

Modular Construction

By Adam Challis

The next big thing for UK housing delivery is - for many - neither new, nor innovative. Yet modular is likely to drive the biggest change in the way houses get built in the UK for over a century.

Residential: What To Look Out For In 2017

By Ashley Perry

Next year’s housing white paper will hopefully cement the government’s commitment to housebuilding – but what will it mean for major London developments?

Communication. Disrupted.

By Adam Challis

The two great political events of the year, possibly of a generation, have been followed by a raft of soul searching. That much is obvious. 

But - Farage and the Brexiteers didn't invent populist rhetoric, and despite the widespread disbelief of his historic win outside of the United States, neither did Trump.

Is London Planning Too Centrally Focused?

By Caroline Harper

Sadiq Khan has now been Mayor of London for a little over six months and his attention is beginning to turn to the Capital’s planning policies. His Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) was published today, and this will set the tone of how the new administration will address housing delivery, including boosting the supply of “genuinely affordable” homes.

The Timber Solution For Private Rented Communities

By Ashley Perry

Much has been made of residential housebuilding targets and their futility, given the dynamics of the market. The issues are simple in economic terms: there is a skilled labour shortage and material prices are fluctuating, which are serving to exacerbate the much-needed demand for increased housing supply. Notwithstanding this, sustainability requirements will place further pressures on the UK market. Something has to give.

The problem with Space Standards

By Adam Challis

In conjunction with Pocket Living, JLL ran a research survey in 2015 to better understand what first-time buyers want. It turns out that space matters, but not that much.

Out in front, by some margin, was location. Prospective purchasers knew where they wanted to be and would make concessions on other attributes of their wish list to get there. Turns out, unit size is less important than we think.

Can Government deliver new trio of supply solutions?

By Nick Whitten

The Government has this week unveiled three key measures to boost housebuilding, all of which place a welcome focus on increasing supply, rather than propping up demand.