This week Estates Gazette shines the spotlight on the East Midlands within the Focus section of the magazine.
I talk to the UK's king of sheds - John Burbage about the secret to his success. After more than four decades in the business, Burbage's no-nonsense work ethos and his grasp and focus on strategic land has made him the most successful shed agent in the country. For someone so successful, I found him to be very amiable, down to earth and refreshingly honest.
Leicester is standing by to welcome its newly elected mayor next month. David Thame talks to the frontrunners, Sir Peter Soulsby and Ross Grant about the property issues which are at the forefront of the election.
Meanwhile, conflict in Corby continues between Land Securities and Corby Council following the council's decision to approve a rival scheme to LandSec's Willow Place, which was to have been anchored by Sainsbury's. David Quinn analyses the situation and talks to those involved in the debacle.
Last month in Derby, the council took the first steps towards supporting four city centre office schemes with its £10m regeneration pot. David Thame asks which schemes will benefit and why? We also take a look at Leicester's Highcross shopping centre.
In Nottingham, David Quinn takes a look at the controversial Eastside proposals which will see Tesco anchor the project with a state of the art mixed-use scheme. Opinion is divided as to whether it is the right location for a Tesco's with the council saying it is in the wrong place, while agents believe it will kick-start the long-delayed regeneration of the area.
We're taking a rural view of Lincolnshire in the Focus, looking at why proposals for a "mega-dairy" in Nocton turned sour? David Quinn asks if such large-scale schemes are the developments of the future?
With two further pages of up to the minute stats for each sector, the East Midlands Focus has something for everyone...
Also published in this week's issue is the Lancashire and Cumbria Focus.