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Building Safety Levy will have ‘far-reaching consequences'

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Colliers responds to Michael Gove’s building safety repairs announcement

Following the Secretary of State Michael Gove’s announcement of raising £5billion through a Building Safety Levy, Colliers’ experts have shared their views on what this may mean for the housebuilding sector. 

Anthony Aitken, head of Planning at Colliers said: “Today’s announcement has quite far-reaching consequences. This additional levy on all new residential development, gives us an insight into the update of CIL that has been promised as part of the new Levelling Up Bill. 

“The greatest area of interest is the for those companies still refusing to sign up as they ‘will face consequences’. The inference being from previous debate on this matter that planning permission will not be forthcoming for these companies. Probably the most far-reaching government intervention into the planning system for those seeking to secure planning approval since its introduction in 1947.”

Andrew White, head of Residential added: “This will be a huge relief for leaseholders and while I wholeheartedly agree that swift action needs to be taken to make buildings safe, the Government is targeting those who they think will have the money to solve the cladding crisis which ultimately was a failure of its own making in the first place through poor building regulations and control. In this latest announcement it says they will target insulation suppliers as well, but as yet there’s been little movement on sanctions here, because Government knows they do not have the funding to make a real dent on the changes that are needed to protect residents living in high rise buildings. 

“Developers are taking action to make their buildings safe, however additional levies which restrict further viable housing development will only ensure that there’s a continuation of this housing crisis for decades to come.” 

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Anthony Aitken

Head of Planning



Anthony has provided planning consultancy advice to a wide range of clients since 1994 and has obtained significant planning experience throughout the United Kingdom. Planning advice is provided to achieve clients objectives  for private landowners, institutional investors, commercial developers, house builders, local authorities and government bodies for mixed use proposals and/or separate retail, industrial, business, leisure and residential uses. Anthony has a high success rate in securing a beneficial planning outcome for clients, whether that be via planning applications, securing site allocations or providing strategic planning strategy to attain an agreed outcome. 

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Andrew White

Head of UK Residential & International Properties Asia

Residential - Development

London - West End

Andrew heads up the UK Residential & International Properties (Asia) Department at Colliers and is a specialist advisor in residential and mixed use developments.  He has been involved in some of the largest and most complex sites within the U.K.

The Residential Department at Colliers comprises a market leading  team of  surveyors and advisers who focus on London, The South East and the Regions, advising  clients on their options for maximising value for their assets, including planning, development consultancy, Build To Rent, investment and disposal strategy and New Homes & Project marketing, both in the UK and Internationally.

Andrew has worked in the sector since 1994  having started his career with a large multinational real estate agency, then running his own land agency for 8 years before joining Colliers in 2013. He has advised government bodies such as the NHS, as well as family businesses, funds, charities, developers and companies on their strategy for disposal of their land holdings and property assets.

Clients include, Legal & General, the NHS, Royal London Asset Management, The Diocese of London, London Square, Telereal Trilium, Threadneedle, Aberdeen Standard, Greggs, Rexel and PSA Group as well as other large corporate landowners.

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Kim Inam

PR Manager

Marketing & Communications

London - West End

I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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