IPA Annual Report on Major Projects – end of the road for planning reform?

A developer client recently commented “Because what we need now is more uncertainty, right?”, or words to that effect. Uncertainty about what? Planning reform. Because, in spite of “planning” apparently holding back housing and development for years, stymieing the ambitions of renters to get on the property ladder and of many more to have a … Read more

Making industry pay – proposed amendments to Building Safety Bill

The post below was first published on our Real Estate Development blog. The Building Safety Bill is a huge piece of draft legislation, currently making its way through the House of Lords and subject to further scrutiny at committee stage this week. We have previously blogged on the contents of the bill (here and here), … Read more

UK National Security and Investment Act – in force today

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. The UK National Security and Investment Act 2021 comes into force today, 4 January 2022.  Although the majority of real estate transactions are unlikely to give rise to national security concerns the potential application of the new regime must be considered as the consequences … Read more

New Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT) – technical consultation

The post below was first published on our Real Estate Development blog. Update 27 October 2021 – At the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed that the RPDT will be charged at 4% on profits exceeding an annual allowance of £25 million. For more see our Autumn Budget blog … Read more

Building Safety Bill – Reforming the development landscape

The post below was first published on our Real Estate Development blog. As we outlined in our previous blog on the Building Safety Bill this significant piece of legislation will effect a wholesale change to the planning and construction regime for residential developments, with a focus on increased accountability for all of those involved in … Read more

Building Safety Bill – Reforming the development landscape

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog. As we outlined in our previous blog on the Building Safety Bill this significant piece of legislation will effect a wholesale change to the planning and construction regime for residential developments, with a focus on increased accountability for all of those involved in the … Read more

Consultation on proposed Building Safety (Gateway 2) Levy

The post below was first published on our Real Estate blog In July, we wrote about the coming into force on 1 August 2021 of Planning Gateway One, the first of three new stop/go “Gateways” within the new building safety regime. At that point we awaited details of the proposed “Gateway Two Levy”, the second … Read more

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