May 12

What do you mean I don’t need planning permission?

Written by Nicky Richmond on 12th May 2015 for Property Portfolio Investor In the labyrinthine world of planning laws, there are certain provisions which allow you to change the use of the building without having to apply for planning permission. These are known as permitted development rights. You may have come across them in the context […]

Whose small, unpeopled life is it anyway?

There I was, happily reading India Knight’s superior self-help book, In Your Prime, packed full of sensible advice as to how to deal with the some of the particular issues that might beset a middle-aged woman,  when I came across some sentences which made me sit up. After writing about how dull (the author assumes) […]

Sleep. Easy.

“To sleep, perchance to dream –ay,  there’s the rub.” Actually, dreaming wasn’t the problem so much as staying asleep, once I’d managed to actually nod off. I’m not sure when my sleep problems started; probably in my thirties when work started to be particularly stressful and I couldn’t find the off button. Before that I […]

March 14

My MIPIM 2015 posts – all together now.

Day 1 – Memories Just a single glance at the overstuffed diary makes me feel a little anxious. I work out that this is my 19th MIPIM, and that we were in another century when I first started my annual pilgrimage to the Croisette. Things were very different back then in 1996, when my target […]

Using your home as a film set – My piece for The Times

Your property as a film location: legal issues by Nicky Richmond on 30th October 2014 for The Times Owners of unusual or historic disused buildings have a chance to cash in, but what should they do to stay protected? Talk in the village is that the owners of the disused Watlington Station in Oxfordshire were […]

Guest Post from Rabbi Jeremy Rosen

Who is right to hate us? The Palestinian conflict and the way it is perceived throughout Europe and in parts of the USA has put paid to this false messiah of normality once and for all. Even normal, secular, music-loving, technologically self-sufficient Jews are regarded as evil, in league with the devil. No humane human […]

An Englishman’s home is his castle: developing historic property

Nicky Richmond comments on historic property in a double-page feature for Property Investor News An Englishman’s home is in his castle. So said Richard Mulcaster, headmaster of Merchant Taylors School who, in his 1581 work on parental discipline, the gloriously titled ‘positions, which are necessary for the training up of children’, made the following statement: […]