New Report Says UK Private Rental Sector Needs to Grow



In a report for the government, Sir Adrian Montague has stated the need for the UK private rental sector to grow in order to reduce the current housing shortage. According to the article on the BBC website, he was asked to look at ways of addressing this shortage, and feels houses built for rent within the private sector could be funded by institutional investors.

UK Planning Policy Framework to Boost Building



The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for the UK was published yesterday by the Planning Minister, Greg Clark. The changes were necessary as the planning system has become increasingly convoluted over the years, resulting in not enough new homes being built during the last decade.

UK Property Industry Strives to Meet Government Sustainability Targets



The UK property industry will strive to meet Government sustainability targets in spite of the continued economic downturn, property industry leaders told a MIPIM event earlier this week.

UK Government Urged to Amend Empty Property Rates Tax



The British Property Federation (BPF) is urging UK chancellor, George Osborne to help small businesses grow in the upcoming Budget by giving tax relief on empty property rates.

Montague Review is Opportunity to Boost Investment in UK Homes



The UK government backed Montague Review is aiming to encourage greater institutional investment in what has been termed as ‘build to let’ homes, and this news has received enthusiastic support from the British Property Federation.

UK Commercial Property Loans Worth £100 Billion May Not Be Refinanced



Commercial property investments in the UK could be set to take a tumble after it was revealed that outstanding bank loans worth more than £100 billion will most likely not be refinanced, following a tightening of credit conditions, Bloomberg reports. The UK Commercial Property Lending Market Survey warned that UK banks’ ability to manage their […]

London’s Square mile could face new planning regulations



A proposed relaxation of planning laws could undermine the reputation of London’s Square mile, as it would allow office space to be converted into homes. It’s being argued that this would affect the city’s competitiveness and world-class status. Peter Rees, city planning officer for the Corporation of London was speaking at an event organized by […]

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