Public Law Podcast: The Judicial Review and Courts Bill

This blog was first posted on Herbert Smith Freehills Public Law Notes – see here. In the latest episode of our Public Law Podcast, Andrew Lidbetter and Nusrat Zar are once again joined by Vikram Sachdeva QC of 39 Essex. They consider the implications of the Judicial Review and Courts Bill introduced into Parliament in … Read more

Building Safety Bill – Reforming the development landscape

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 development and management of such projects. Whilst the Bill is not … Read more

Consultation on proposed Building Safety (Gateway 2) Levy

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 of the two means by which the government is seeking contributions … Read more

Government introduces the Judicial Review and Courts Bill into Parliament

This blog was first published on HSF Public Law Notes on 23 July 2021. On 21 July, the Government introduced the Judicial Review and Courts Bill into Parliament. The Bill was foreshadowed in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May as part of the Government’s aim to ‘restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts’. … Read more

Published – Revised NPPF and National Model Design Code

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 requirement for development to be “beautiful”. Last week, the government published … Read more

Changes to PD rights – in force 1 August 2021

Late last year, we were told as part of the “Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure” consultation that the government would consolidate and simplify permitted development (PD) rights in England. Following a technical consultation held earlier this year, this consolidation and simplification has now been achieved – the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted … Read more

Leasehold reform: Ground Rent Bill gains some much needed clarity

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 on which we reported in our earlier blog. In summary, the … Read more

Sustainable lending in real estate finance

As part of the ever-so-topical environment, social and governance (ESG) agenda, sustainability is becoming a real theme for investors in, and developers of, real estate assets. Sustainability-linked loans and green loans are two of the developing trends that we are seeing in the real estate finance market. In this podcast (hosted by Emily Barry of … Read more

Upcoming building safety deadlines – RPDT consultation and Planning Gateway One

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 buildings (including educational accommodation) also need to be aware of the … Read more