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Is the market ready for price growth?

With the Conservatives now given a mandate to take Brexit forward and promptly as promised, Cluttons’ James Hyman and team give their view on the likely consequences for the residential markets across London…

Refurbishing old buildings reduces emissions – but outdated tax rates make it expensive

Existing buildings already embody significant CO₂ emissions, which makes it all the more important to upgrade and refurbish – rather than demolish and rebuild – wherever possible. But as it stands, the UK’s tax system actually puts a significant financial penalty on refurbishment, while incentivising new construction. It’s time for that to change, says Walter Menteth

Six Trends: Key themes for the PCL market in 2020

Next year is likely to bring more off-market sales, a flight to quality, big opportunities in new-build, a new breed of BTL investor, the start of a price recovery – and potentially new headwinds in the form of another a tax rise, suggests Black Brick

Overlapping planning permissions: which one is valid?

The High Court has recently revisited the principles for determining the validity of overlapping consents. Gary Soloman and Alex Minhinick of law firm Burges Salmon share a cautionary message for property developers, highlighting the key points for landowners, developers and local authorities.