“Planning for the future” consultation closes shortly

Two months ago the government published “Planning for the future“, a Planning White Paper proposing the most radical changes to the English planning system since the Second World War. The proposals have been the subject of much debate across the development industry. With the consultation closing in just over three weeks, developers still have time … Read more

Covid-19 and restrictions on enforcement: where are we now?

Updated 28 September 2020 In March 2020, the Government introduced unprecedented measures which restricted a landlord’s ability to pursue remedies for recovery of arrears (but also breaches of other covenants), should a tenant fail to pay the rent due under its lease. These measures were always stated to be temporary in nature, and aimed to … Read more

Changes to the current planning system – Permissions in Principle

On 6 August 2020, alongside the Planning White Paper, the government launched a consultation called Changes to the current planning system. In our blog of 11 September 2020, we reported on one of the four proposals in the consultation, the new affordable housing product called First Homes. Here we focus on the proposal to extend … Read more

Changes to the current planning system – First Homes

It has been an ambition of successive governments that it should be easier for first-time buyers to get on to the property ladder. On 6 August 2020, alongside the Planning White Paper, the government launched a consultation called Changes to the current planning system, setting out four proposals including how the government proposes to secure … Read more

The Planning White Paper – Planning to use PropTech properly

Technological improvements in the planning system are long overdue. Technology has advanced significantly since the Town and Country Planning Act was first introduced, which begs the question: why is the planning system so outdated when it comes to obtaining planning permission? This is a point taken up by “Planning for the future“, the Planning White … Read more

Real Estate EP8: Oversailing, undersailing and the implications for development

Oversailing is an area of law that developers need to consider frequently, whether when lining up all the necessary consents for building a property, in due diligence exercises when selling or financing, or down the line when making alterations. It’s useful to be alive to the different aspects of oversailing, to ensure that relevant permissions … Read more

Planning White Paper lays foundations for a new route to housing

The Planning White Paper published this month proposes a major overhaul of the planning regime in England, yet includes just one reference to the development consent regime. This is despite the fact that the introduction of that regime in 2008 was, in my view, one of the most successful changes made to the English planning … Read more

Changes to the Use Classes Order in England from 1 September 2020 – FAQs

On 1 September 2020, the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) will come into force, making far reaching amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (UCO). Whilst the UCO has been amended several times since its introduction in 1987, these are the most significant reforms … Read more

Planning for the future of energy storage – a boost to the industry

The Government has announced legislation to change the consenting process for electricity storage projects. This is expected to provide a boost to the battery storage sector. Last November, we wrote a blog detailing the Government’s proposed changes in relation to energy storage under planning law. The Government is now proceeding with its proposals and will … Read more