Published – Revised NPPF and National Model Design Code

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog In February, we wrote about the government’s consultation on proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the National Model Design Code (NMDC), raising concerns which were echoed by many others about the incorporation into national planning policy and guidance of a … Read more

Leasehold reform: Ground Rent Bill gains some much needed clarity

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog On 20 July 2021, the House of Lords’ marshalled list of amendments (the Lords Report) on the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill (the Bill) was published. This provided some much needed amendments to the Bill which was first introduced on 13 May 2021 and … Read more

Upcoming building safety deadlines – RPDT consultation and Planning Gateway One

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog Back in April, we wrote about a consultation on a new proposed tax on residential property developers, the Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT). This consultation closes on 22 July 2021, so there is still time to respond. Developers of certain types of high-rise residential … Read more

Leasehold Reform: Goodbye to Ground Rents?

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog Introduction The 2021 Queen’s Speech signalled the start of the UK Government’s anticipated plans to change the system of leasehold residential ownership: “Laws to modernise the planning system, so that more homes can be built, will be brought forward, along with measures to end … Read more

So much for tax simplification…. the consultation on the proposed Residential Property Developer Tax is announced

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. A consultation has been published regarding the new Residential Property Developer Tax (“RPDT“), which is being introduced as part of a package of proposals to raise revenue for remediation work to unsafe cladding on high-rise residential buildings. It is a lengthy consultation, setting out … Read more

Will your EPC B ready for 2030? – New Consultation

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. One limb of the government’s strategy to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is to target privately rented non-domestic properties and to bring the ratings of these properties up to an EPC B by 2030. A 2019 consultation identified that the … Read more

Making places beautiful – draft revised NPPF and National Model Design Code

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. On 30 January 2021, MHCLG published for consultation revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the new National Model Design Code. The consultation closes on 27 March 2021. The proposed revisions to the NPPF in part respond to the final report of … Read more

Ground rent reform shaking the foundations of the leasehold system?

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. On 7 January 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, confirmed long awaited proposals banning leasehold ground rents in England. This announcement follows the Law Commission’s recommendations last year on residential leasehold reform (see our blog post here) and is expected to benefit up to … Read more