Empty buildings provide development opportunities

Live-in guardians have become quite common in the market in recent years. In short, when the market turned and developers put schemes on hold, ‘live-in guardians’ offered a good value and flexible way to deter squatters as well providing an exemption from empty property rates. Estates Gazette ran a feature on this very subject recently, […]

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BML2 – “Positive” news to come soon…

Over on EGi News, we published an article on plans for a new Brighton to London railway line. The full article can be read HERE. Following on from that here’s a short update on the proposals from the BML2 campaign group themselves, who encouragingly tell us the study conducted by WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, was delivered to the […]

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A tale of two similar sites, with very different outcomes…

Whitechapel Central (yellow) 564 homes (26% affordable) Buildings up to 25 storeys 1,152 habitable rooms per hectare Developer: London & Quadrant GRANTED CONSENT: 24th August 2016 Whitechapel Estate (red) 511 homes (44% affordable) Buildings up to 24 storeys 1,086 habitable rooms per hectare Developer: Londonewcastle REFUSED CONSENT: 8th September 2016 Seems odd at first doesn’t […]

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Do it Yourself development opportunities

In a trend that is likely to continue, these two adjoining DIY stores by Wandsworth Town train station are set to close in order to become housing schemes. It’s no surprise with housing costs, especially in inner London so extortionate, the majority now rent their homes. With many private landlords weary of tenants even putting […]

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London’s ever increasing planning pipeline

The Telegraph recently ran a piece looking at the accusation that developers deliberately restrict the supply of new homes to keep prices high. The main argument pointed to the fact planning is now in place for 750,000 homes across the country, and that have yet to start. However, as we know due to the irregularities and huge […]

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Londoners give thumbs up to tall buildings in survey

You may have recently seen an Ipsos Mori poll looking at Londoners views on housing and in particular towers. Looking at the articles and press it generated, you’d be forgiven for thinking the narrative was a rather pessimistic one and that Londoners were squarely against high-rise buildings. The client for the project was the Skyline Campaign, […]

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Halted sites present excellent off-market development opportunities

Having a database of around 20,000 residential schemes that have come through planning, over the course of a couple of decades, many of those will never make it to fruition. The majority will get through to completion, but some never make it past planning and are refused. They’re never dead and buried though. Once, they […]

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Tall buildings cluster in Vauxhall not done yet

Vauxhall is fast becoming one of the biggest clusters for tall buildings. After the City of London and Isle of Dogs, Vauxhall arguably comes next, with Stratford and Croydon not far behind. Here’s a render of what the future Vauxhall skyline could look like in years to come. Another which may just about feature in […]

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Plans for towers in Wandsworth Town.

An EIA application has been submitted for residential towers in Wandsworth Town. The site currently home to a B&Q, was outlined as a potential development site in Febuary 2010, in Wandsworth´s ´site allocation´document. The EIA application proposes the demolition of the current building on the site and the erection of new buildings between 11-18 storeys […]

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Major mixed-use scheme planned for Barking

Plans have been submitted to Barking and Dagenham for what looks like one of the most ambitious mixed-use redevelopment proposals in an outer London town centre this year. Private equity investor Benson Elliot, along with Londonewcastle plan to demolish the existing Vicarage Field shopping centre, which lies in the heart of the town centre (on […]

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