More Docklands towers with PD rights making an impact

A couple of weeks ago (blog post) I wrote about how permitted development rights were being used to set a precedence, which then enabled planning applications to get an easier ride through the planning system. Developers are arguably using the PD rights as bargaining power; saying to developers “we can either build the office to […]

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PD Rights – office to resi conversion

I thought the window of opportunity here was from May 2013 to May 2016 but then I re-read the legislation and it seems a bit nuts. Here’s the relevant section: Development not permitted where: (c) the use of the building falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order was begun after […]

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Permitted development and the planning system

Here at London Residential Research we’ve seen a huge amount of applications for office to residential permitted development. A lot more than what the government was expecting – put it that way. An interesting example came across our desks recently with the granting of permission (last night in fact) of a scheme on Crescent Lane, […]

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Help to Buy latest London figures

This is the 3rd monthly release for Help to Buy  scheme. The figures presented in this release cover the first 11 months of the scheme, from the launch of the scheme on 1 April 2013 until 28 February 2014. This is what the figures for London look like, not as dramatic as one would have […]

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Swiss Cottage Tower

A planning application has been submitted to Camden Council for the redevelopment of the site at 100 Avenue Road, NW3. The plans will see the demolition of the existing buildings on the site and the erection of a new 24 storey tower and a new 5/7 storey building that will provide 184 residential units in […]

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The population of London is at its highest point ever

At just over 8 million inhabitants, is the capital about to burst? Pretty sensational stuff, until you consider that the population has been over 8 million, not once but twice before, in 1931 and 1951. In fact if you put the ONS London population census data since 1901 in a chart it looks fairly flat […]

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How to make housing in London affordable for Londoners…

“It’s quite simple in essence. You take the median wage in the borough in which the homes are built, which is published every year by the office of national statistics. You then apply the principle widely accepted elsewhere around the globe – that no family should be forced to spend more than one third of […]

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London embassies mapped

The demand for prime residential space in central London has risen rapidly in recent years. A series of events, including a deep recession in the west, political tensions across the Arab world and the continuing prosperity of the east, coupled with a constrained supply could only mean one thing; prime residential values rocketed. Homes in […]

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PD Right extension to warehouses?

There was talk in the budget of extending PD Right development to include warehouses and light industry structures, only at consultation stage at the moment but just out of curiosity below is a map of industrial units in the capital which are either part or fully available. Translate this lot into resi (working on 800 […]

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Why are we not building enough homes for Londoners?

“Is that the best you can do? Your power to force developers to build more homes for Londoners, rather than foreigners, is limited to getting 50 builders to give limp promises to market schemes in the UK, before selling off-plan in Asia?”. This is what Peter Bill asked Mayor Boris last week at MIPIM…the reply […]

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