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Policing Authority calls for improvement in Garda response to information requests

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The Policing Authority has called for “further improvement” in the Garda’s response to requests for information, saying delays remain a problem half a decade after it was set up to oversee the force.

In a formal review of its first five years, the Authority said it had established itself as an effective body with a “maturing” relationship with the Garda as senior members and staff increasingly accept oversight and recognise its benefits.

“It has been established beyond question that independent oversight of policing is now integral to our public life, that the value of an external voice that explores, engages, encourages and evaluates the purpose and practice of our policing service is clear beyond doubt,” said Bob Collins, chairman of the Authority.

But the review noted concerns about the Authority’s relationship with representative bodies, particularly with rank-and-file and middle management grades, and said it would work to dispel perceptions that Garda successes and the challenges they face were not appreciated.

On policing during the coronavirus emergency, the Authority said it made ten reports to the Minister for Justice on the force’s use of new policing powers to tackle the pandemic.

“The Authority has for the most part welcomed the Garda Síochána’s application and use of the 4 E’s: Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce.”

But it continues to oppose the use of “anti-spit hoods” and has raised concerns for the human rights of suspects subjected to their use.

“The Authority is aware of the perception that this criticism represented a lack of concern for the protection and wellbeing of Garda members. The wellbeing of the Garda workforce is at the forefront of the Authority’s considerations but, based on evidence from the manufacturers of these devices, they do not afford sufficient protection to members.”

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The review said relationships with the Garda were “initially challenging” after the Authority was established in 2016, citing the “extremely slow” provision of information and slow reporting of critical incidents. It recognised later improvements but said delays were still an issue and called for more progress.

“A significant challenge to the Authority’s oversight was, and remains, delays in getting information from the Garda Síochána. While, in general, the Authority has been provided with the information it requested, significant delays are not uncommon,” it said.

The Authority welcomed recent Garda improvements in the quality and accuracy of the information the force provides, saying that was an area of “significant” concern in the early years of its work. “Information that was provided to the Authority and data quality was therefore a significant focus of oversight effort.”

Despite improvements in the relationships with senior Gardaí, the review noted concerns about relationships further down the chain of command. “The Authority is keenly aware of the perceptions that it has been unfairly critical of the Garda Síochána and its staff,” it said.

“The various Garda representative bodies have also expressed the view the Authority can and should do more to acknowledge and celebrate Garda successes including during public meetings, as well as the belief that Garda successes can and do exist outside of the Policing Plan and that such successes do not receive the attention they fully deserve.”

The review includes a consultant’s report on how Authority and its work are perceived by relevant external bodies, which said it still faces cultural challenges within the force.

“Despite improvements in the culture of policing, stakeholders felt that resistance [to oversight as well as change] and inertia, would continue to create obstacles for the Authority,” RA Consulting said.

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Maurice Investments sell London office building for €30.3m (GB)

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Allsop, acting jointly alongside Anton Page, has completed the sale of the freehold of a Grade A workspace in Aldgate, central London, on behalf of Maurice Investments for €30.3m (£26m). Acquired by Meadow Partners, the price is equivalent to approximately €1120 (£960) per ft² and a net initial yield of 5%.

 

Wool + Tailor, 10-12 Alie Street E1, comprises 27,158ft² of Grade A office and ancillary accommodation over nine floors. It is within a three-minute walk of Aldgate station and a 15-minute walk of six further train and underground stations, including Whitechapel which is on the newly opened Elizabeth line, and is multi-let to five tenants. Maurice Investments had initially acquired the building in an off-market deal advised by Allsop, which also went on to conclude a successful leasing campaign alongside Anton Page.

 

Wool + Tailor was redeveloped in 2019 to include two additional floors and a new façade, with BREEAM “very good” and EPC A and B ratings. It features an eco-friendly biodiverse roof, cycle racks to accommodate up to 36 bikes, and a WiredScore Gold certification with fibre optic internet. Wool + Tailor further benefits from outstanding natural light throughout, which is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling heights of up to 3.3 metres, and a 7th floor communal business lounge with dual aspect terraces offering panoramic views of the City and beyond.

 

Matthew Millman, Partner at Allsop, said: “The sale of Wool + Tailor concludes a highly successful business plan for our client where we advised on the off-market acquisition, letting, then disposal of what has become one of the finest buildings in Aldgate. Wool + Tailor satisfies the requirements of the modern investor and occupier for ‘best in class’ office space with strong ESG credentials, excellent connectivity and plentiful nearby cafes, bars and restaurants.”

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AnaCap secures €59m loan for Paris office deal (FR)

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Tristan Capital Partners’ TIPS One “Income Plus” Real Estate Debt Fund has provided senior debt financing to funds advised by AnaCap Financial Partners, to support the €59.25m acquisition of South Station, a freehold office asset located in Massy, in the second ring of Paris. South Station is a high-quality property ideally located in Massy – the largest economic centre in the Southern Paris area – and is adjacent to the town’s main transport stations (RER and TGV). The asset is one of the most attractive buildings in the submarket offering modern A-grade office space with excellent amenities.

 

The sale and partial leaseback acquisition will see the vendor CGG, a geophysics specialist, remain as the majority tenant. Pramena Investment will act as the asset manager for the property.

 

Ashil Sodha, Director, Debt Investment at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “As TIPS One continues to diversify, we are pleased to have closed our first loan in France. We are focused on lending on high-quality assets with the right ESG characteristics and we believe this loan exemplifies this strategy well. We look forward to working alongside AnaCap and Pramena and supporting them in optimising their strategy for this asset.”

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Barratt and David Wilson invest €45.5m in UK resi market

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Harworth Group plc has sold two residential land parcel at its Waverley and Thoresby Vale developments to Barratt and David Wilson Homes, for a total consideration of €45.5m (£39m).

 

At Waverley in South Yorkshire, Harworth has competed a €33.8 (£29m) land sale which will see the delivery of approximately 450 homes, of which over 30% will be affordable. This represents Harworth’s largest-ever serviced residential land sale by number of plots. The new homes will represent Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ fifth phase at the site and will be situated adjacent to both Highwall Park and the Waverley Lake, benefitting from unique water frontage in an area of the development known as Waverley Waterfront. Construction will follow a bespoke design code, devised in partnership between Harworth and Barratt and David Wilson Homes, that complements the existing Waverley development while maximising the amenity value of the area’s waterfront location. The development will include a pedestrianised promenade, further enhancing the site’s placemaking and connectivity.

 

At Thoresby Vale in Nottinghamshire, Harworth has exchanged on the sale of serviced land capable of delivering 174 homes, for €11.6m (£10m). This represents the second phase of the Thoresby Vale development, following the sale of two land parcels at the site to Harron Homes and Barratt and David Wilson Homes in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Alongside the new homes, Barratt and David Wilson Homes will provide a new surface water attenuation pond and a multi-use path and associated landscaping, which will enhance connectivity and link to the site’s planned primary school and local centre, for which site preparation works are currently underway. The sales conclude an active first half for Harworth’s residential developments, during which over 100% of its budgeted residential land sales for the year were completed, exchanged or under offer, and it also launched its first single-family Build to Rent portfolio.

 

Andrew Blackshaw, Chief Operating Officer at Harworth, commented: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes is a trusted and valued partner to Harworth, and we are pleased to be developing our relationship with these two significant land sales. Harworth is particularly well-placed in volatile markets as our serviced land provides housebuilders with a product which is de-risked and ready to build on from day one. The acceleration of both our Waverley and Thoresby Vale sites will see Harworth stepping through its strategy to take advantage of the placemaking and levelling up that these schemes ultimately bring to these communities. In addition, these sales will enhance the maturation of these socially diverse neighbourhoods when delivered alongside our recently launched single family Build to Rent product, Project Spur.”

 

Ed Catchpole, Joint Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth, added: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes has a proven track record of high-quality housing delivery at Harworth sites, and these transactions will help to further accelerate the build-out and placemaking at Waverley and Thoresby Vale. Both sites are also set to benefit from additional investment which will see the creation of new Build to Rent homes and local amenities.”

 

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured the land for an extension to our Thoresby Vale development and will look forward to another opportunity to meet the growing demand for housing in Nottinghamshire. Our growing community in Edwinstowe will continue to provide new jobs for local people and we’ll be making further ecological and financial investments as the development progresses.”

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