Publications

A Revolution in Devolution?

Abstract: Kevin Muldoon-Smith and Dr Paul Greenhalgh consider how the recent business rates announcements will affect the commercial property sector.

First published in Estates Gazette, 2015.

Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286042429_Greenhalgh_Muldoon_Smith_EG_Article_281115

 
Civic Financialisation: Financing the Northern Powerhouse

Abstract: This chapter examines how the Northern Powerhouse agenda will be financed, in part, through the Government’s Business Rate Scheme (BRRS). It begins with a brief summary of local government finance in England, describing the transference from a centralised model to one based on the parallel rubrics of localism and local economic growth.

Chapter 10 of book: Developing England's North, 2018. 

Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320852073_Civic_Financialisation_Financing_the_Northern_Powerhouse

   
Debate: Real estate value - what next for fiscal decentralization in England?

Abstract:  There is a rabid interest in the value of land and property and its potential taxation as a panacea for the largely unfunded requirements of welfare, infrastructure and economic development. This article discusses progressive alternatives.

First published in Public Money and Management, 2018.

Also available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320675766_Debate_Real_estate_value-what_next_for_fiscal_decentralization_in_England

 
Public Policy and Urban Transience: Provoking New Urban Development through Contemporary Models of Property Based Finance in England

Abstract: This chapter explores how contemporary public policies in England could provoke new urban development in certain sectors of the commercial built environment and exacerbate inertia and dereliction in others. The lens for this enquiry is the new focus on decentralised urban finance in England, specifically the Business Rate Retention Scheme (BRRS).

Chapter in book Transience and Permanence in Urban Development, 2017.

Full text can be requested at:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315652747_Public_Policy_and_Urban_Transience_Provoking_New_Urban_Development_through_Contemporary_Models_of_Property_Based_Finance_in_England

Business Rate Retention: Securing Public Sector Service Delivery in the 21st Century

Abstract: Kevin Muldoon-Smith and Dr Paul Greenhalgh consider how the recent business rates announcements will affect the commercial property sector

First published in Valuer, 2015

Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/285860011_Business_Rate_Retention_Securing_Public_Sector_Service_Delivery_in_the_21st_Century

 
Situations Vacant: A Conceptual Framework for Commercial Real Estate Vacancy

Abstract: Commercial real estate vacancy is a key indicator of property market efficiency, economic performance and urban resilience. However, there has been little conceptual reflection into the abstract notion of vacancy beyond binary distinctions of natural and structural vacancy. Although useful simplifying meta-concepts, neither accounts for the internal complexity and imperfection that permeates real commercial property markets. This article outlines a conceptual framework that describes vacancy across the commercial real estate building life-cycle – from initial construction to final demolition and redevelopment.

Conference paper, 24th Annual European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference, 2017

Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320328610_Situations_Vacant_A_Conceptual_Framework_for_Commercial_Real_Estate_Vacancy

 
Book review: Devolution and Localism in England

Devolution and Localism in England, by David M. Smith and Enid Wistrich, 2014

Book review available at:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310765087_Book_Review_-_Devolution_and_Localism_in_England

 
Commercial property tax in the UK: business rates and rating appeals

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of the introduction of the business rates retention scheme (BRRS) in England which transferred financial liability for backdated appeals to LAs. Under the original scheme, business rates revenue, mandatory relief and liability for successful appeals is spilt 50/50 between central government and local government which both share the rewards of growth and bear the risk of losses.

First published in Journal of Property Investment and Finance, 2016

Full text available on request at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309217453_Commercial_property_tax_in_the_UK_business_rates_and_rating_appeals

 
Planners in the Future City: Using City Information Modelling to Support Planners as Market Actors

Abstract: Recently, Adams and Tiesdell (2010), Tewdwr-Jones (2012) and Batty (2013) have outlined the importance of information and intelligence in relation to the mediation and management of land, property and urban consumers in the future city. Traditionally, the challenge for urban planners was the generation of meaningful and timely information. Today, the urban planners’ challenge is no longer the timely generation of urban data, rather, it is in relation to how so much information can be exploited and integrated successfully into contemporary spatial planning and governance. The paper investigates this challenge through a commentary on two City Information Modelling (CIM) case studies at Northumbria University, UK.

First published in Urban Planning, 2016

Full text available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/299484048_Planners_in_the_Future_City_Using_City_Information_Modelling_to_Support_Planners_as_Market_Actors

 
Greasing the wheels, or a spanner in the works? Permitting the adaptive re-use of redundant office buildings into residential use in England

Abstract: This paper explores the challenges involved in planning the adaptation of the urban built environment. It approaches this subject by appraising a recently introduced national planning policy (the permission to convert office buildings into residential use without planning permission) in England. Drawing on interviews conducted with planning practitioners, it is possible to unravel the impact of this policy instrument at the coal face of the discipline.

First published in Planning Theory and Practice, 2016

Full text available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/299357538_Greasing_the_wheels_or_a_spanner_in_the_works_Permitting_the_adaptive_re-use_of_redundant_office_buildings_into_residential_use_in_England

 
Passing the buck without the bucks: Some reflections on fiscal decentralisation and the Business Rate Retention Scheme in England

Abstract: In an era of continuing Local Government austerity and enhanced urban financialisation, Local Government in England is increasingly reliant upon decentralised methods of urban finance (typically based on ‘new economic growth’ extracted from non-residential property development) to fund public services, economic development and urban regeneration.

First published in Local Economy, 2015

Full text available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283025296_Passing_the_buck_without_the_bucks_Some_reflections_on_fiscal_decentralisation_and_the_Business_Rate_Retention_Scheme_in_England

 
Taking Stock: Secondary Opportunities and the Agile Future

An academic research survey conducted by Northumbria University and published 2015.

Full text available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/285590567_Taking_Stock_Secondary_Opportunities_and_the_Agile_Future

 
Urban Transactions: Investigating the Relationship between Spatial Preference and Spatial Configuration in the City of Leeds

Abstract: This paper describes a composite method that can be used to investigates the relationship between spatial preference (in relation to commercial real estate occupation) and spatial configuration. The key finding in this paper (based on research in the city of Leeds in the UK) is that there is a potential link between urban configuration and spatial preference that could be exploited.

Conference paper, The 10th Space Syntax Symposium (SSS10), 2015

Full text available at:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281971927_Urban_Transactions_Investigating_the_Relationship_between_Spatial_Preference_and_Spatial_Configuration_in_the_City_of_Leeds