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Robust development values: new market reports

June 24th, 2018

The development process is full of risks and complications. Market risk is a crucial consideration for developers – ensuring development values are sufficient to cover the costs of development (construction costs, planning obligations, etc). All this while providing an acceptable level of profit (c. 20 per cent of Gross Development Value) and return to the […]

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Supercharged Free Ports: a report for the MACE Group

June 18th, 2018

Chris’ recent report ‘Supercharged Free Ports’, for Mace Group, sets out a vision and economic case for well-connected ‘Supercharged’ Free Ports throughout the Northern Powerhouse. This has two aims. The first is to help position the UK as a more open economy post-Brexit, the second is to rebalance the UK economy. Realistically, free trade deals […]

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Northern Powerhouse Liveability Index

May 2nd, 2018

During the last few months, we have been working with Your Housing Group and WPI Strategy to develop a new housing index for the North of England, which we have called the ‘Northern Powerhouse Liveability Index’. Your Housing Group are a large housing association with around 30,000 homes, based primarily in the North West. Housing […]

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A report on social value for Metropolitan Housing

March 16th, 2018

Metropolitan’s new housing supply created £33m of social value last year (And a good financial return, too) Last Winter, ChamberlainWalker began a project with Metropolitan Housing Trust to conduct a fully Green Book-compliant assessment of the social value of their work. Metropolitan is a large, London, South East and East Midlands-based housing association, with around […]

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New report on land banking for Barratt Developments

October 23rd, 2017

The topic of ‘land banking’ has become increasingly politicised as the housing crisis has worsened. Housebuilders stand accused of not building on the land for which they have planning permission and of not building out as quickly as they could. Critics point to bourgeoning planning permission numbers – well ahead of the building numbers […]

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New data on affordability for first-time buyers

July 24th, 2017

Chris Walker writes on the back of his recent report for the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). In his autumn statement, the new chancellor put more emphasis than we have heard before on building more homes to boost the nation’s flagging productivity levels, as well as the perennial problem of improving affordability. As the chancellor […]

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A new settlement with Housing Associations

July 24th, 2017

The Policy Exchange report A New Settlement Between Government and Independent Housing Associations (authored by Chris Walker) suggests pressing the reset button on the way Government and Housing Associations work together. It is built on the premise that housing associations are independent organisations and that Government should not tell them what to do. However, the […]

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Brexit and the London Housing Market: Another Look

July 24th, 2017

There have been a fair number of doom-laden headlines about London’s housing market following the Brexit vote (on 23 June 2016). “Brexit uncertainty sends London house prices tumbling” “Brexit could cut London house prices by more than 30 per cent, says bank” “Brexit is officially starting to destroy property prices – especially in London” Some […]

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Evidence-based planning

July 24th, 2017

Local plan-making is behind schedule. According to figures published by the Planning Inspectorate, less than a third of local planning authorities have an up-to-date plan. That’s why ministers have set a deadline of ‘early 2017’ for local planning authorities to sort it, or face intervention. But new analysis compiled by ChamberlainWalker shows local planning authorities […]

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