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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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An unusual consequence of the housing crisis – or, when is it against public policy to enforce a hospice’s privacy?

Author: Jerome Temme, Trainee, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London Take a hospice, a restrictive covenant preventing development next door which, at the time of the development, served to protect the privacy of the sick children, their families and visitors, and … Continue reading

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Time to respond to the Housing White Paper

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London There is just over one month left to submit responses to the Government's Housing White Paper and Build to Rent consultations. Published on 7 February 2017, the consultation period closes for the Build … Continue reading

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Comfort and joy

Author: Alex Rhodes, Senior Associate, Planning, London While this may feel like yet another winter with warmer than usual temperatures, the harsh reality is that not everyone will be celebrating the season of goodwill with a roof over their heads. It's … Continue reading

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The return of “Vacant Building Credit”

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The world of planning has been busy: the new Mayor of London is making promises including measures to improve air quality and to … Continue reading

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Review of unviable affordable housing obligations to cease on 30 April 2016

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London Developers with planning permission for residential development can currently apply to renegotiate affordable housing obligations which have become economically unviable.  However, this review mechanism will cease to be effective on 30 April … Continue reading

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Q1 Healthcheck / Q2 Predictions: Brexit, Mayor, PRS, Housing and Planning Bill, airport expansion

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, Real Estate, London In the week before Christmas, the daffodils were blooming, the birds were chirping and it was warm enough to cycle to work in shorts. In the week before Easter … Continue reading

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Planning Update: office to residential conversion rights made permanent, Mayor’s advice to local authorities on avoiding these rights, Mayor’s viability disclosure requirements, and CIL and mezzanine floors

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London Today's post is a planning update, summarising some of the recent and forthcoming changes to planning law and policy. Please contact us for more … Continue reading

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How to solve a housing crisis: commercial viability, land value and affordable housing

Author: Martyn Jarvis, Associate, Planning, Real Estate, London The UK is facing a housing crisis, most pronounced in London, and this is set to be a key factor in the forthcoming Mayoral elections.  Meanwhile, commercial viability is the talk of … Continue reading

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What to look forward to in 2016: Planning changes on the horizon

Herbert Smith Freehills' real estate development team are monitoring a number of areas of law likely to change during 2016.  Here is a summary of some key areas of change we expect in the field of planning (from a development perspective), … Continue reading

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