Thu, 10 December 2015
Philip Barnes of Barratt Developments explains what he believes to be the main problems with CIL and what he would like to see from the government-commissioned review.
Thu, 3 December 2015
LISTEN: “Don’t interfere. We will deal with the detail, thank you!” said Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council and Cabinet member for the built environment, this morning, as advice to the next Mayor of London.
Cllr Davis spoke to EG at the Movers and Shakers’ Central London Development – What Next? debate at The Dorchester hotel, W1.
Industry heavyweights Tony Pidgley of Berkley Group, Toby Courtauld, chief executive of Great Portland Estate and Sir Terry Farrell CBE, Principal, Terry Farrell & Partners joined Cllr Davis as panellists at the discussion.
With thoughts on how the mayoral election next year would affect development in the capital, Cllr Davies stressed the next mayor should act as a strategic authority and leave the council to deal with the nitty, gritty.
Panellists agreed that regeneration around the Olympics and “Boris Bikes” would be Boris Johnson’s legacy, while Courtauld cited “enthusiasm” as of the defining feature of his term, saying the next mayor needed to share Johnson’s positivity for the capital.
Direct download: WK48_EG_Movers_and_Shakers__Cllr_Robert_Davies2.mp3
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Thu, 3 December 2015
The demand for specialist retirement housing is arguably greater than that for Starter Homes, and requires urgent government attention as a crisis looms.
There are more than 11m people in the UK aged 65-years-old and over, and the number is expected to increase by 2% annually.
However, even though roughly a quarter of people currently aged 65-plus have expressed a desire to downsize, a lack of choice, as well as misconceptions around modern retirement housing stock, is preventing them from making the step.
On the supply side, developers are being hindered by poor recognition of the scale of demand, plus confusing local plans.
Senior commentators joined an Estates Gazette round table last week to thrash out the challenges and opportunities in the specialist retirement homes sector.
The round table included:
The round table was held in association with McCarthy & Stone and hosted by Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.