Addressing the Housing Needs of England’s Aging Population: A Crisis in the Making

As England’s population ages, the housing market faces a looming crisis. By 2040, nearly 22% of the population will be aged 66 and over, yet the country is only building 7,000 retirement units annually. This rate is far from sufficient to meet the growing demand of an aging demographic.   Under-Occupancy: A Growing Concern Compounding […]

NPPF consultation is a ‘once in a generation’ missed opportunity

Proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will fail to meet the government’s target of building 300,000 homes a year and destroy the UK’s plan led approach to development, as well as having a significant impact on the economy, says Muller Property Group. Colin Muller, chief executive of Muller Property Group, had anticipated […]

Government gives up on housing delivery

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has announced he is removing mandatory house building targets from the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.  Colin Muller CEO of Muller Property Group explains why this decision signals government has given up on housing delivery… The scrapping of mandatory housing targets is yet another blow to our industry that is working […]

New government, same old housing mistake

In an ever-changing political landscape Colin Muller, CEO of Muller Property Group provides his thoughts on Regional Spatial Strategy and government housing targets. Why was the Regional Spatial Strategy revoked? Almost as soon as his party gained power in 2010, Eric Pickles, the incumbent communities and local government secretary revoked the Regional Spatial Strategies that […]

Farmers Weekly: What the new Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill means for farmland

Farmers Weekly May 2022: Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove, has made promises over the past few years about planning, specifically with regards to housing and planning permissions to meet the growing needs of the UK population. In the recent Queen’s Speech, many of these plans were addressed in the form of the new […]

Failure to Plan Housing is Planning to Fail

Colin Muller, Chief Executive at Muller Property Group takes a closer look at where the political declamation about abandoning the reforms to the planning system leaves the thorny issue of promoting land for housing, and what can be done to meet the current housing shortfall. As the Conservative Party conference came to a close, it […]

Throw the cap into the ring early to get ahead of the nimbys

Colin Muller, Chief Executive, Muller Property Group The introduction of the Localism Act was an initiative by the present government in 2011 to encourage the participation of local people into shaping the future of their communities.  And whilst I am all for consultation, it has to be done with reality in mind and not engaged […]

6 pointers to get planning permission on land

Colin Muller, Chief Executive, Muller Property Group gives advice to farmers and landowners on how to get planning permission on land. I’ve written several articles on how to get planning permission on land, and hopefully offered pearls of wisdom and some firm guidance to those with farm land on the edge of towns and villages. […]

No silver bullet when it comes to planning permission

One of the key things to bear in mind if you are thinking about attempting to obtain planning permission for housing on a piece of land is how important it is to be proactive about it. If you have land you think might be suitable for development, such as land on the edge of a […]