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Thought leading insights, research and events that define our markets

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A recent ministerial announcement creates a new headache for solar developments, as confusion grows over land policy – while the idea of a Land Use Framework remains opaque.

New headache for solar developments as confusion grows over land policy

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2023 was a challenging year for the residential development land market due to a subdued new build sales market caused by rising mortgage interest rates and the end of the Help to Buy Scheme.

Residential Development Market Update 2024

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Time is a valuable thing. We all value our time and appreciate a timely planning application decision (no matter how rare they might feel at present).

Is the clampdown on ‘extension of time’ agreements the solution to the problem?

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In sustainable real estate, including Green Lease clauses is gaining significant momentum.

What will turn the dial for Green Leases?

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On 5th March 2024, amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (“the GPDO”) are coming into force.

Office to Residential Use under Permitted Development – What do the reforms mean?

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Bidwells’ Planner Mike Jones, shares his thoughts on updated National Planning Policy and what this means for development and decision making.

‘Critical National Priority’ for Energy Infrastructure

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With recent shifts in NPPF legislation, is now the time to hop onboard the community-led development train?

Community-led development: The answer to the housing crisis?

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I’m currently in the second year of the RTPI Degree Apprenticeship programme, studying an MSc in Spatial Planning one day a week at University College London (UCL). On the other four days, I work in the Bidwells London Planning Team. Now over a year into the Master’s, I’ve taken some time to reflect on this (relatively new) route to becoming a Chartered Planner and I hope that by sharing my experiences so far, I can advocate for the Degree Apprenticeship as a great basis for a career in planning!

A week in the life of a Planning Degree Apprentice

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Planning Partner and Lead on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Rob Hopwood, comments on the planning system and its effect on Cambridge's development. This piece was first seen in React News.

Will development corporations deliver big for Cambridge?

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Rangeford Villages scheme Insights 31.10.23

Wellbeing is now firmly on the national agenda and as the UK’s elderly population is projected to reach 15.1 million with 22% over 65 by 2030, alongside this edition of Local Plan Watch, Harriet Wooler and Steven Butler look at how senior living is being planned for across our patch.

A Look at Senior Living

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High tech lab Insights 24.10.23

With demand for laboratory space at a premium and science and technology firms often outgrowing premises, what must landlords – and their surveyors – consider when deciding to retain or reinstate?

Why lab dilapidations require a distinct approach

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This highly practical webinar held in partnership with Farmers’ Weekly magazine examines the central question being asked by farmers and landowners across England.

Are onshore renewables right for me?

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BTR Open & Operating Report | London

London boasts 43% of operational UK BTR, but regional pipeline dominates.

13.06.24
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Net Zero Carbon and Electricity Demand – Binding Targets, Barriers and Bonuses

By 2035 the UK has a target to decarbonise the whole electricity system for Great Britain (GB), whilst also increasing demand for electricity by 50% over the same period.

2024
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The Right Home, in the Right Place, at the Right Time

Operational living is transforming housing options in the UK, offering flexibility and accessibility to suit diverse lifestyles at different stages of their lives and careers.

2024
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Productivity Engine: Foreword from Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy

A society’s productivity, the key to its prosperity and living standards, reflects the outcome of decisions taken over many years or even decades. Britain’s flatlining productivity today reflects the disappearance of this long-term perspective.

2024
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Planning Reform and Productivity

Two quotes, half a century and a continent apart, explain why housebuilding has declined to 145,000 per year, less than half of the Government’s objective of 300,000 p.a.

2024
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Productivity Engine: Preface from Bidwells’ Senior Partner Nick Pettit

Productivity is measured by dividing the output of goods and services by the number of hours which people have worked.

2024
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The Productivity Engine

In Bidwells’ latest groundbreaking report, The Productivity Engine, we uncover the fundamental role that space plays in understanding - and solving - the UK’s productivity problems.

2024
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We must land on a strategy for our most precious resource

Making more efficient use of Britain’s most finite resource—land—is our best chance to enhance the country’s sluggish productivity. It’s as simple as that.

2024
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Real estate can drive productivity by supporting regional centres of excellence

The United Kingdom, once celebrated for its industrial prowess and ingenuity, now confronts a dire economic reality marked by a persistent productivity crisis.

2024
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Cambridge Residential Rental Market Report, Spring 2024

Oxford Economics forecast a rapid decline in the bank rate this year and next, ending 2024 at 4% and 2025 at 3%.

Spring 2024
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The Oxford Advantage

Mills & Reeve and Bidwells have partnered together to deliver a unique insight into the Oxford, Cambridge, London arc – often called the ‘Golden Triangle’ – that will explore the way businesses in the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors work together.

20.05.24
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Industrial Market Databooks

Our latest Industrial research reports provide an update on the market across Cambridge, Oxford, M1 South, Norfolk & Suffolk.

12.03.24
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18
Jun 2024

Creating a Scientific Superpower 2024

Exploring the challenges of establishing an environment that attracts global talent and international business, while facilitating the journey from spin-out to IPO, and securing venture capital during a period of economic uncertainty.

18th June
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12
Jun 2024

Headline Sponsors at Bisnow's Build to Rent Annual Conference (BTRAC) 2024

Iain Murray, our Head of Operational Living, gave the opening keynote presentation and joined a panel at the Bisnow BTRAC conference in Canary Wharf, London.

12 June 2024
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21
May 2024

Bidwells at UKREiiF 2024

At the Bidwells pavilion this year, we launched our Productivity Engine report and discussed key topics from it. We examined the crucial role of productivity in UK economic growth and living standards.

21.05.24
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29
Feb 2024

Founder to Founder, Exclusive insights from Oxfordshire’s Leading CEOs

If you were in a room with Oxfordshire’s top CEOs – what would you ask them?

29.02.24
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31
Jan 2024

Offices and Labs Databooks webinar Jan 2024

We heard our experts discuss Bidwells’ latest research on the Offices & Labs market across Cambridge, Oxford, M1 South, and Norfolk & Suffolk.

31.01.24
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06
Dec 2023

Switch on to onshore wind

In this podcast, planning and renewables experts discuss the current situation with Onshore Wind and its relevance to landowners, as well as views from the RSPB for those who wish to know more about the interaction between wildlife and renewable energy developments.

06.12.23
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17
Nov 2023

The challenge of scaling leadership as an organisation grows

When companies are small, it’s easy. Leaders are connected to each element of the business; keeping everyone aligned and motivated. But as companies grow, great leadership becomes harder and harder to deliver.

17.11.23
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19
Oct 2023

Are onshore renewables right for me?

This highly practical webinar held in partnership with Farmers’ Weekly magazine examines the central question being asked by farmers and landowners across England.

19.10.23
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06
Oct 2023

IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival

We have partnered up with IF Oxford this year to help build science, social and cultural capital in the community we live and work in to help ‘open doors’ to careers in science and technology and support socioeconomic mobility.

06.10.23
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18
Sep 2023

The Future of the Oxford to Cambridge Region Conference

Listen to real estate leaders from across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc discuss key issues facing the region at The Future of the Oxford to Cambridge Region Conference 2023.

18.09.23
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12
Sep 2023

Offices & Labs Databook Presentation

Bidwells bitesize online presentation provided an update on the Offices and Labs Market across Oxford & Cambridge.

12.09.23
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18
Jul 2023

Bidwells Bitesize: Revitalise, Reimagine, Repurpose Breakfast Seminar

On 18th July 2023, we held our breakfast seminar on ‘Meeting Lab Demand with Innovative Spaces' in partnership with COEL

18.07.23
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