Outcry as Defence Ministry authorises 20 new houses in the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 1, 2008

Settlers in the Jordan Valley are unfazed by the international outcry against the Defence Ministry's decision to authorise the building of 20 houses at a West Bank settlement.

In an unusually harsh statement, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband has described it as "a real obstacle to peace" and complained directly to Jerusalem. The US State Department and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also condemned the planned expansion at Maskiot, in the Jordan Valley.


So who are the settlers?

August 1, 2008

"We are not settlers," was the blunt response of the press officer for the Beitar Illit local council, when asked to comment on the town's status.

"This is just the place where the government decided to build new housing for the Charedi community. We would have gone wherever they would have given us land."


£40m Leeds plan is hit by credit crunch

July 25, 2008
The credit crunch has forced Leeds Jewish Housing Association to rethink the £40 million redevelopment of its Queenshill estate in Moortown.

Association chairman Arnold Zermansky told its annual meeting that uncertainty in the housing market had prompted some revision of the plans.

Chief executive Sheila Saunders pointed out that "in the current financial climate, no scheme would go ahead without government subsidy".


Crunch counselling from a property pro

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

As the UK property market continues to fall foul of the credit crunch, one of the industry’s most influential agents has some advice: brace yourself, be patient — and take a longer holiday.


The city sale of the century

By Simon Round, June 27, 2008

Strictly Orthodox property developer Eliasz Englander had a problem. His firm, Citywise, is developing a 106,000 ft scheme at 1 Southampton Row in central London. He needed to put a tower crane on the site, but was informed by builders Bovis the crane had to be erected on Saturday to prevent traffic disruption.


Developer named Yorkshire Property Personality of the Year

June 20, 2008

A 61-year-old property developer and director of leading northern developers St James Securities has been named as Yorkshire Property Personality of the Year. Roland Stross, a sponsor of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre, said: “It is extremely humbling to receive such an award from one’s peers.” More than 800 property professionals attended the awards ceremony held at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate.


John Burns is a big deal in property

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Property crisis? Not for industry chief John Burns, the managing director of Derwent London, a property development and investment company. Last week, Mr Burns, 64, was credited with doing the “deal of the year” at the Norwood property awards.


Property-slump tips from the leisure king

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

Confidence in the property market is at its lowest in more than 30 years, and experts warn that the situation will get worse. But David Coffer, a veteran player in leisure property, is up for the challenge.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Mr Coffer — known in the industry as “Mr Leisure” — is the chairman of Coffer Corporate Leisure, where he has handled over £1bn worth of transactions. He is the former chairman of Earls Court and Olympia, in which he still owns a 10 per cent stake.