COMMENT: In January of this year (coming up to five years since the phenomenally successful Grimsey 1 report, An Alternative Future for the High Street, was published) Bill Grimsey – veteran retailer and all-round tour de force – sounded out some of his original team to see if we were game to write another report
COMMENT Jackie Sadek doesn’t doubt Mrs May’s commitment to the NPPF, even if her speech contained little that wasn’t already known
COMMENT: A review is welcome, but institutional speculators and private landbankers are hard to reach, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: The QE Olympic Park likes to market itself as “the unbelievable place”. And parts of it are quite nice. But now it is finally living up to its billing. For the next few months only, it is offering visitors a really unique offer, to witness the birth of a white elephant
Hot on the heels of the somewhat troubled reshuffle last Monday, with the “elevation” of housing to a cabinet post, came a rash of press releases to communicate just how much housing activity the government is involved in.
COMMENT: Changing the names of government departments is not helping to build houses, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: Jackie Sadek on the introduction of Homes England and the central role of housing policy
COMMENT Jackie Sadek applauds a residents’ victory at Earls Court
COMMENT: Whitehall’s frenzy about housebuilding is all very well, but new models are needed, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: MIPIM UK and Sajid Javid give Jackie Sadek a boost, but the housing crisis remains a long-term game
COMMENT: The only silver lining of the very very dark cloud that is the Grenfell Tower disaster is that the mind of Her Majesty’s Government is now powerfully focussed on improving building design quality.
COMMENT The Tories are desperate for new ideas – especially in housing. More Help To Buy is not the answer, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT Jackie Sadek reflects on the uncertain future of local authority devolution, but sees opportunites following the summer setbacks
COMMENT Freshly minted Mother of the Bride Jackie Sadek returns with good news from Bedfordshire
COMMENT: Jackie Sadek applauds the go-ahead of a community arts project in Liverpool
COMMENT: The planning process needs to work for real people – it’s not too late to stop these bad decisions, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: HS2 is a growth strategy, not a railway, and the Constellation Partnership will be a major beneficiary, writes Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: Jackie Sadek questions why Liverpool’s fight for urban regeneration is being threatened by “inappropriate” high-rise development
COMMENT: Sadiq Khan’s new London design manifesto and public speaking skills have left quite an impression on Jackie Sadek.
Terror attacks, the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the general election outcome have all pushed the issue of the housing shortfall to the background – just as things were looking up.
COMMENT: The country has spoken, now it is essential to find new ways of listening, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: With the election still a week away, Jackie Sadek sees little real debate, but plenty of fatigue
COMMENT: Jackie Sadek has had her share of heartache with the HCA, but says that could all change with its new incarnation
COMMENT: No one who have been actively seeking reform in the residential sector could complain about the Conservative manifesto’s position on housing, says Jackie Sadek
COMMENT: Dubai is fast, frantic and fantastic, says Jackie Sadek, and offers a wealth of opportunities
COMMENT I am off to the Middle East today (for the first time ever!) as I take the Crewe Constellation opportunity out for a bit of soft market testing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
You don’t bring me flowers – Jackie Sadek on a south London florist bunched in by red tape,
COMMENT Jackie Sadek eyes the HCA reboot, new tools for councils to speed up development, and a planning initiative with exciting potential
BEST OF MIPIM 2017: I am a broken woman. Every bone in my body aches. I am still hoarse. I have a skip load of business cards to process. And a backlog of several thousand e-mails to sort.
MIPIM 2017: To lose Lord Heseltine’s from the government support for our shared endeavours is a tragic waste of a totally unique resource and talent.
Stoke is bold, progressive, and changing – but you wouldn’t know it from last week’s media coverage, says Jackie Sadek
Timing is everything – and the time for the Northern Powerhouse is now, says Jackie Sadek
HOUSING WHITE PAPER: Jackie Sadek senses renewed vigour around a tired debate, and welcomes some some key appointments
Tomorrow’s launch is set to be a much better Housing White Paper than any we have seen in two decades, says Jackie Sadek
London First’s Fifty Thousand Homes campaign report is a welcome addition to the capital’s housebuilding debate, says Jackie Sadek
Failing to set a date for the Housing White Paper threatens to leave a vital policy beleaguered, says Jackie Sadek
There is every indication that central government is trying very hard to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and creativity in local authorities
There seems to be more, way more, interest than would be usual around the government issuing a Housing White Paper. Certainly much more than the last one.