Planning

Affordable Housing: Back to Basics

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, Real Estate, London “Affordable housing” – two words that those working in the property and planning world can hardly move without seeing flashed about everywhere. There is a wealth of information available on the … Continue reading

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Budget: Tax implications for real estate

Authors: Neil Warriner, Partner and Will Arrenberg, Partner, Real Estate Tax, London Apart from a couple of pieces of good news, the Autumn Budget materials published earlier today contain a number of definite and potential changes to UK tax on real … Continue reading

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Affordable housing viability calculations: Herbert Smith Freehills workshops on Mayor’s new guidance

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning and Catherine Howard, Partner, Planning, London Herbert Smith Freehills are running workshops for property developers on housing and viability, with a focus on London and interpreting the Mayor’s recently adopted guidance on viability and affordable housing. … Continue reading

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The Potential Pitfalls of Overage

Author: Kate Wilson, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate, London Overage provisions can be complicated, and the recent case of Sparks v Biden [2017] EWHC 1994 (Ch), offers some useful reminders of the potential pitfalls that can arise when drafting overage … Continue reading

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Communal living – flexible renting within a rigid planning system

Author: James Gibson, Associate (Scotland), Planning, Real Estate, London Co-living is perhaps a concept traditionally associated with the shoestring lifestyle of students. But what about curated workspaces, well-equipped gyms or perhaps even a trip to the spa – all under … Continue reading

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – the future?

The BBC and others are today reporting the Department for Transport’s news that the Government has announced funding for a “platooning” feasibility study. This will allow up to three heavy goods vehicles to travel in convoy on motorways with their acceleration, … Continue reading

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What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Planning Resource has published an on-line article by Matthew White, Head of Planning, London, discussing the conclusions of the May 2017 report by the London School of Economics concerning the impact of overseas buyers on housing supply. For the Planning Resource article, … Continue reading

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The new EIA Regulations: what has actually changed?

 Author: James Gibson, Associate (Scotland), Planning, London The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 came into force on 16 May 2017, implementing the 2014 EU Directive. Similar regulations have also come into force under the infrastructure planning regime. … Continue reading

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On Election Day

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK Planning, London I'm sure I am not alone in finding it difficult to be enthusiastic about today's general election. From a development perspective, there is little in the main parties' manifestos that … Continue reading

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The impact of purdah on planning and a recent decision on judicial review

Author: Fiona Sawyer, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London This week, we have links to two pieces of interest to developers: "Getting away with purdah" – an article in EG by Matthew White, Head of Planning, and Annika Holden, Associate (Australia), Planning, … Continue reading

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