This interesting piece of research from civet us suggests that the common conventional wisdom that the housing shortage is primarily caused by the planning system, may well be wrong. It highlights the increasing discrepancy between the number of homes permissioned, and those built. it also points to the likelihood that the culprits are often neither …Read More »
Publications are formal reports or good-practice guidance documents that we have either authored and published ourselves, or written on behalf of a client, who has been published it.
The Resources section contains additional material that may be of use to you. Typically it comes from presentations to conferences seminars and is less formal than publications.
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The rest of this page lists out all the Knowledge content, both publications and resources:
The National Housing Federation’s London Development Conference was, as usual, thought provoking. We all know that the prospects for affordable housing – I use the term correctly, not in the Newspeak manner of recent years – is bleak, especially for affordable rented housing. So it was cheering to hear influential speakers talk about the need …Read More »
Here are another very useful couple of articles from the Estates Gazette’s series “Mainly for Students”. These two articles provide an overview of the 5 main valuation methods, focusing on the single most important one – the Comparative Method. These articles will be of use to Development & Regeneration staff who wants to gain some …Read More »
An interesting and entertaining article in the Estates Gazette highlights that Magna Carta forms the basis for the establishment of secure property rights in this country. Meanwhile, on the BBC Radio 4 programme Point of View, Prof Roger Scruton, philosopher, considers the underlying institutions needed for democracy, human rights and freedom to exist in a country, …Read More »
This article from Estates Gazette is a couple of years old, but still provides a useful description of the “expected” margin of error valuations. Valuation room for error To summarise, even for everyday street properties, of which there are many comparables, a difference of 5% between the valuer’s opinion and the price realised is considered …Read More »
This is a short note about the various types of structures that can be used to buy or sell land, and some of their pros and cons. This should be useful for all Development/Regeneration staff who are involved in buying land directly from landowners, or who may be dealing with other players in the land …Read More »
See this useful attached article from the splendid Estates Gazette Practice & Law section last month. In short, the description of the planning permission granted may purport to limit what’s built, but unless the permission ALSO has a condition to the same effect, the “limitation” in the permission description may not be enforceable. So, if …Read More »
We were commissioned by the Greater London Authority to review the standards of housing being developed in London in 2009/2010 i.e. before the GLA published their Interim London Housing Design Guide. The purpose of the study was to take a snapshot of pre-Guide housing standards so that future studies would show the effect of the …Read More »
Wikis are powerful communication tools that can also be used for other purposes such as technical authoring. We use a wiki to provide Development Procedures that are particularly flexible, and user-friendly. We think that their use will grow rapidly over the next few years. Nearly everybody is familiar with Wikipedia, but we thought it would …Read More »
This HATC-funded piece of research investigated the amount and use of space in new dwellings in London & the South East. We measured up the plans of 90 dwellings then being marketed in London and the south-east and analysed how the space was used. This included looking at the range of dwelling sizes, how much …Read More »