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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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Sky’s the limit?

Author: Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London Almost a month on, we have now all had a chance to consider what the Housing White Paper means for the future of housing. The planning team here at Herbert Smith Freehills have … Continue reading

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Two Planning articles: will Sadiq Khan’s “first dibs for Londoners” work? And should planning officers take the final decision on planning applications?

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, Real Estate, London Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning in the London team at Herbert Smith Freehills has written two recent articles: in "First Dibs for Londoners", published in the Planner magazine, … Continue reading

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Housing and Planning Bill announced

Yesterday (13 October 2015) the Housing and Planning Bill was published, proposing new planning legislation including requirements for starter homes in section 106 agreements, planning permission in principle on brownfield sites, and allowing housing elements to be included in NSIPs. … Continue reading

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Office to residential conversion rights to be made permanent

On the same day as announcing the Housing and Planning Bill (13 October 2015), the Department for Communities and Local Government confirmed that the temporary permitted development rights which allow conversions from office to residential use will be made permanent.  In May 2013 … Continue reading

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