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Bricks & Mortar: What does the RICS consultation on ethical principles and rules of conduct mean for its members and APC candidates?
In this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar, EG’s professional & legal editor, Sarah Jackman, is joined by Jen Lemen - an RICS APC assessor and co-founder of Property Elite - for a look at RICS ethics and professional standards.
The RICS’s current guidance is contained in its Global Professional and Ethical Standards, Rules of Conduct for Members and Rules of Conduct for Firms. However, it is currently consulting members on a new Professional Statement – Statement of Ethical Principles and Rules of Conduct - which, if adopted, will come into force in June 2021.
What has motivated the proposed change? What is in the detail? And what do both members and APC candidates preparing for final assessment need to be aware of?
Tune in to get up to speed on the detail.
We’re Still Here: Sombre stats but with reasons to be cheerful
In this week’s We’re Still Here podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary is joined by reporter Lucy Alderson to talk about the findings from EG’s latest mental health survey.
The industry remains one of most affected by mental health issues with half of respondents saying they had experienced unmanageable stress and/or mental health issues in their current role. A figure well above the national average of one in six.
The pandemic has understandably had an impact too, with more than 50% of respondents saying they thought that working from home had negatively affected their mental health. Stress around job security, finances and feelings of isolation were also highlighted as specific issues this year.
But, the Covid crisis has also pushed the importance of understanding mental health and wellbeing much further up the agenda of many businesses, with a whopping 20 percentage point move in the correction direction when it came to how comfortable people felt talking about their mental wellbeing at work.
Visit EG’s mental health hub at https://www.egi.co.uk/mental-health/ for the results in full and much, much more.
Or listen in to this week’s We’re Still here for the lowdown from Lucy Alderson, some reasons to be cheerful from Samantha McClary and for your chance to figure out just why they spend quite so long talking about Double Deckers.
On the Case: Why the High Court upheld PDR and planning use class reforms
Hannah Quarterman, partner and head of planning at Hogan Lovells International, explains the High Court decision in R (Rights: Community: Action) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government  EWHC 3073 (Admin);  PLSCS 208 - an eagerly awaited judgment in a judicial review challenge to the government's planning measures introduced during the pandemic.
Quarterman explains why campaign group Rights: Community: Action is opposed to changes to permitted development rights and to the use classes order, intended to give greater flexibility to stimulate development - and outlines the legal grounds of challenge it pursued in court.
She details the court's findings, considers the prospects of any appeal, and takes a broader look at the planning issues that lie behind the judicial review.
"I think property is struggling more than many other professions": Industry leaders discuss EG's 2020 mental health survey and what lessons we must learn from the Covid crisis
This year has tested the mental health of millions, with Covid forcing the country to lockdown and work from home. Property has been no exception, and EG's 2020 mental health survey has revealed the toll that the pandemic has taken on real estate professionals.With two thirds of workers stating Covid has had a negative impact on their mental health and over half claiming their mental health has not improved (or has worsened) since last year, the results make for a worrying read, according to industry leaders.EG tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson sits down with Avison Young UK principal and president Jason Sibthorpe, The Crown Estate’s Head of HSE and Wellbeing Henrietta Frater, and Hollis HR partner Melanie Olrick to dig deeper into the survey results and ask what the industry needs to do next to improve the sector's mental health post-Covid.
Big, small or everyone: how accessible is the road to net zero carbon?
In this episode of the EG Property Podcast, EG editor Sam McClary is joined by Andrew Leiper, net zero carbon leader and principle engineer at Max Fordham, Louise Ellison, head of sustainability at Hammerson and chair of the Better Buildings Partnership and Steven Barrett, chief executive of SME developer Wholehomes, to talk about getting to net zero carbon in the small to medium enterprise environment.
It is a conversation that span everything from carrots and sticks, collaboration, costs, business imperatives and just how likely we are to solve the climate change problem.
Download a copy of Max Fordham's guide to net zero at: https://www.netzerocarbonguide.co.uk/
We're Still Here: PD, strat land and an unlikely new development duo
EG’s We’re Still Here podcast has a new stand-in host in the form of EG editor Samantha McClary, who will be taking over while Emily Wright takes a few months out for a new life adventure.
She will be back but in the meantime, to ease the transition, WSH regular EG’s residential and planning expert Emma Rosser joins the episode to unpick why PD applications have plummeted despite new planning reforms enabling even more asset classes to be converted through PDR and why strategic land is suddenly in favour.
Listen in for all of that, the formation of a potential new development duo and a run down on the can’t miss content in EG and online this week.