General Election 2019 – potential impact on real estate

In our blog post of 4 October 2019 we looked at potential land use and planning policies announced at the Labour and Liberal Democrat Party conferences this autumn and how they could affect developers. Since then, the Election has been set for 12 December and the major parties have published their manifestos. To what extent … Read more

Planning for the future of energy storage – follow-up consultation

In April, we wrote a blog about a consultation held by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on proposed changes to the treatment of energy storage under the planning system. This consultation, which ran from January to March 2019, applied to England only. On 15 October 2019, BEIS published its response to … Read more

The compulsory purchase regime in England podcast series – EP6: Compensation

The final episode in our podcast series on the compulsory purchase regime in England is now ready to download – this episode can be found on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. In this episode, Rebecca Butterworth, an associate in our planning team, discusses the important issue of compensation. We hope that this series has been interesting. … Read more

Purdah most foul

It’s impossible to have missed that, despite the intentions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011, the UK is about to experience its third General Election in less than five years. At 00:01 on Wednesday 6 November we entered the “pre-election period of sensitivity”, which will stay in effect until polling closes on 12 December … Read more

The Environment Bill

The rug was pulled from under the feet of the first substantial primary legislation on the environment since 1995 by the announcement of a December 2019 General Election. The Environment Bill had received a second reading on 28th October where it received cross party support and was whisked onwards to the committee stages in which … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms strict application of Section 73

In a judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal has reversed the High Court’s decision in Finney v Welsh Ministers. The effect of the High Court decision had been that section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 could be used to vary not just the conditions to a planning permission, but … Read more

Launch of HSF Public Law Notes blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Public Law Notes blog, which contains the latest insights from our market-leading administrative and public law team. Public Law Notes contains the team’s latest thinking on recent cases and other key developments in the administrative and public law sphere, including matters relating to professional discipline and … Read more