Published on: July 22, 2020

Government planning fillip reinforces outlook

New Government rules yesterday allowing unused office and industrial sites to be redeveloped without planning permission into housing could, in our view, allow Watkin Jones to regenerate its city centre sites into build-to-rent (BTR) or student accommodation more quickly, and with greater certainty. This should further enhance the residential for rent developer and manager’s low-risk, capital-light offer to institutional property investors and support the Government’s aim of reviving urban centres.

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