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CHANGING SPACES – ANALYSING THE SHOPPING CENTRE

Original article written by Leon Fear for Business Leader as featured on their website on 29th August 2018. To view the original, please click here. __________________________________________________ The British high street appeared to be thriving when I was growing up with new local shopping centres cropping up in most medium sized towns.…

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Invest in South Gloucestershire

Bristol is often cited in national newspapers and magazines as a great place to live and work, and that is undoubtably true, but the counties that border one of Britain’s great investment & lifestyle hotspots have their attractions too! South Gloucestershire lies to the North & West of Bristol and…

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BUILD UP OR BUILD OUT

Original article written by Leon Fear for Business Leader as featured on their website on 7th June 2018. To view the original, please click here. __________________________________________________ Not a day goes by in the UK where house prices aren’t mentioned and perhaps for very good reason. One of the key issues is the…

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Opinion: Bristol needs to release greenfield and greenbelt land for more houses

Original article written by Stephen Fear for the Bristol Post on 7th February 2018 (also featured on BristolPost.co.uk on 9th February 2018). ______________________________________ Stephen Fear, founder and chief executive of Bristol-based land and planning company Fear Group, on why Bristol needs to consider building homes on greenfield and greenbelt land. Housing is…

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Sustainable Development

We have said many times that we believe in prioritising development close to railway stations and sustainable infrastructure, and this is particularly the case when it comes to building new homes. As pressure increases on all transport infrastructure across the UK, looking to increase density of housing near to existing…

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Sympathetic Development Matters!

At Fear Group we have specialised in obtaining planning approval for nearly 50 years. For us it has always been about working with landowners, planning officers and, most importantly, the local community, to achieve a result which works for everyone. As an example, in 2007 we started the process of…

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Why are we not building more homes in the UK?

Original article written by Leon Fear for the Business Leader Magazine – Issue 17: January – March 2017, also featured on Business Leader Magazine Website on 27th March 2017 (please click here). To view an online version of the article within the full magazine (see pages 24/25) please click here.…

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The Last Piece of the Jigsaw

As we approach the implementation of Article 50, whereby we will see the beginning of the UK’s separation from its ties with EU, what does this mean for the property market and, in particular, housing? Whether we as a nation are part of the EU or not, people still need…

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The Importance of Planning Officers

Property is such an important part of everything we do that good robust planning regulation is vital in keeping urban sprawl in check. The Green Belt was first mooted in 1935 and then introduced in 1947 as part of The Town & Country Planning Act, so that our Cities, Towns,…

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Home’s Are Not Just An Asset Class!

According to a report in The Economist the American Housing Market is the world’s largest asset class, worth $26 trillion, more that America’s entire stockmarket. If Donald Trump really wants to build a wall then perhaps he should dig up the dollars buried beneath the surface in this massive concentration…

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House Building

It’s a well known fact that there simply are not enough houses being built in the UK to satisfy demand from an ever growing population. The number of new-build homes being started and completed is however at it’s highest since 2008 in England so some progress is being made, but if we…

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Planning Policy – Needs To Get On The Right Tracks

The United Kingdom is, geographically, quite a small country, however what might surprise many people is that over 90% of it has no buildings on it whatsoever. This includes roads, railways, houses, offices, factories and everything else you can think of! Less than 10% is actually built on! There is…

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Home’s Are Not Just An Asset Class!

According to a report in The Economist the American Housing Market is the world’s largest asset class, worth $26 trillion, more that America’s entire stock market. If Donald Trump really wants to build a wall then perhaps he should dig up the dollars buried beneath the surface in this massive…

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Future of Property and Construction Discussed

Leon Fear was panel member for Business Leader Magazine’s (BLM) discussion on the future of property and construction. “BLM brought together leaders in the property and construction sector to discuss the challenges facing both industries. In partnership with Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV), the event was explosive and revealing.”   The Panel…

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