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

Article 4 Directions – the bar has been raised, but what will be the effect?

Postscript, 12 July 2021. You may have heard that the Mayor of London has published Strategic evidence to support Article 4 Directions, to help LPAs in London wishing to impose commercial to residential Article 4 Directions within the new policy environment. This has been drawn up by the Mayor taking into account the Written Ministerial … Read more

Covid-19 update: restrictions on enforcement extended

At the eleventh hour, and despite previously declaring that it was the final extension, the UK Government has today announced that the current restrictions on landlords being able to forfeit commercial leases for non-payment of rent (which protection was due to expire on 30 June 2021) has now been extended until 25 March 2022. Read more

The professional indemnity insurance crisis: not just a supply chain issue

In March 2021, the Construction Leadership Council published its findings of a recent pan-industry survey of over 1,000 firms, which confirmed a widespread problem experienced by many construction and architecture firms in obtaining professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover.[1] The survey found that companies were being prevented from taking on projects, and even having to change … Read more