The Downside of 9 Unit Affordable Threshold

The site could have clearly supported quite a few more units, even if only matching the height of its neighbours.

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In Praise of Modular Construction

Almost exactly six months ago I visited a student housing scheme in Lewisham, Sherwood Court, which had just started pile driving: At the time I presumed this was the the academic year starting September 2017 at the earliest, after all the scheme is 13 storeys high and contains 410 student rooms. Going past again about […]

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Playing fields to be built on due to green belt

“Oh you can’t build on the green belt” they say, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. The same can be said for playing fields in the middle of existing communities. Communities that are surrounded by green belt. This site for example… It’s up for sale as a residential development opportunity. Why? Because more people want to live […]

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Tower Applications up 853% on 2008

The amount of residential towers being submitted across London has smashed through the 100 barrier for the first time and by quite some way. 111 residential towers were submitted last year, the equivalent of nearly one every three days. Last year’s total of 111 applications was up a staggering 853% on the same figure for […]

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Where are developers submitting applications?

OK, I teased a little too much with my last post on permissions. So here’s a heatmap of where developers have been applying for schemes over the last 12 months. The central London data includes office schemes, inner boroughs are 5 units and above and outer* are 10 units and above. The heat in the […]

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Where are developers starting to gain permission?

Filtering my map of developments to site visits by permission date – to just show those granted from this time last year to the end of 2015 – is a good way of seeing where developers are setting their sights on next in London. Here’s some highlights: Streatham 6 schemes of 5 units and over […]

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Grosvenor to take bigger bite from Biscuit Factory

When you’re investing hundreds of millions of pounds into building a large new mixed-use development in zone 1, that you want to last for a hundred years or more you need to get it right. That’s why you can forgive a company like Grosvenor for sitting on an unimplemented planning consent for a few years. […]

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Towers springing up further into the suburbs

Are towers springing up further into the suburbs? The evidence would suggest so with many areas across the capital seeing towers submitted for the first time (at least in modern times). Places like Acton, Southall, Harrow, Seven Sisters, Whitechapel, Somers Town, Brixton and Barking all saw residential towers of 20+ storeys in 2015. Wembley incidentally […]

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Some places still left…

…for our London Residential Market Analysis presentation at the NLA in Store Street on Tuesday April 26th at 5:30 pm, 20 minutes of presentation followed (and preceded) by drinks and nibbles.

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SOLD PRICES

 Access to our comprehensive database of SOLD PRICES is now possible via the blog.

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