Right to buy. How 1 to 1 replacement is impossible

Greg Clark has defended the extension of the Right to Buy scheme, which is expected to be included in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow. He stated this morning; “Every housing association property that is sold will be replaced one-for-one for a new property, so it is not only allowing people to meet their housing aspiration, but to […]

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Greenlight for Towers at Battersea Gasholders

Planning permission was granted  last week for a 839 residential led scheme in Battersea. The development; a joint venture between St William and National Grid, saw the four existing gasholders decommissioned in 2013, and the land cleared to make way for 12 new buildings ranging from 7-26 storeys. The 839 unit scheme will have 638 […]

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Viability assessments have pushed up house prices

‘Viability assessments have pushed up house prices’. There, I said it. Hear me out. Firstly. In short, viability assessments are submitted with a planning application to argue schemes are unviable if affordable housing is included. Independent consultants are sought on both sides, the developer and local authority then argue against each other’s case. A negotiation […]

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Private starts by borough / League Table

Ever wondered what a league table of the inner London boroughs’ private new-build starts would look like? Me neither until this morning when intrigue got the better of me and I decided to run the numbers. And here it is. What does it tell us? Not a great deal to be honest; all things we […]

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London land is ridiculously expensive

The price of development land in London is crazy. We all know that; the result of a direct correlation between house prices. When costing the price of land, unlike most products you have to work backwards. How much will the end product be worth? Total up all the unit prices; that’ll give you your GDV (gross […]

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Office and Hotel Plans for Farringdon

Plans were lodged to Islington council today for an office and hotel scheme in Farringdon. The site, currently a NCP car park is located north of Farringdon station (as well as the planned Crossrail station) on Farringdon Road. The site was listed in Islington’s ‘site allocation’ document published in June 2013 for potential redevelopment (Egi […]

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New build flats on sale via Online Auction

Phase 2 of new development in West Drayton will be offered for sale via an online auction. Click here for more information.

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St Michael’s Square

Barratt Homes has submitted plans to the London Borough of Croydon for the redevelopment of 6-44 Station Road and Queens Hall Car Park next to West Croydon railway station. Plans lodged include the demolition of the existing buildings and all but the facade of 6-12 Station Road. The new plans for this site include the […]

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Land Registry pricing – Week 20

A selection of developments with Land Registry pricing from Week 20. Click on the dots for scheme details and link to LRR record.

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Resi plans for Soho

Westminster council has received new plans for a residential scheme in Soho. The office site on Great Marlborough Street, previously known as Fenton House was re-branded as ‘Soho Works, upon receiving planning permission in 2011 for an office led scheme with 6 residential units. The scheme was however never built out and the site was […]

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