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EGi: What’s so unlawful about London’s affordable housing policy?

The High Court has declared a key policy in the mayor of London’s planning guidance on affordable housing ‘unlawful’ – but what does that mean in practice? Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK planning, explains the impact of the decision in this article published on EGi … Continue reading

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Observations from MIPIM: The Public Dented Sector

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London Now that the annual decant to Cannes has drawn to a close, I am left wondering how to judge the mood of this year’s MIPIM – the world’s biggest property show. … Continue reading

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Closing the “viability loophole”? A return for the developer must be taken into account when setting local plans

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK Planning; Catherine Howard, Partner; and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The Government is recommending that viability is assessed in detail by the local authority at the stage of setting its … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning; Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London It is good practice for a local planning authority to give reasons for the grant of planning permission. Failure to give adequate reasons may be … 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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Residential leasehold – time for change?

Author: Martin Dawbney, Partner, Real Estate, London At the end of July, hard on the heels of the Housing White Paper published in February, DCLG issued a Consultation Paper on “Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market”. If you wish … 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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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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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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