BNG – in force but more information awaited

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) for most major town and country planning development came into effect earlier this week on Monday, 12 February 2024, subject to certain exceptions and exemptions – for example, small sites will not have to deliver 10% BNG until 2 April 2024 and requirement does not apply to permitted development rights, de … Read more

New and improved? Taking a look at the updated Green Lease Toolkit

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), a UK industry body of leading property owners, has launched an updated version of its Green Lease Toolkit, a collection of green lease provisions and guidance aimed at improving the sustainability of commercial buildings. In this article, we consider how green leases have developed, the key points to note regarding … Read more

Contractual Control Register – Time to have your say

Over three years have passed since we first blogged on the topic of the government’s proposed contractual control register, which initially emerged as part of a consultation on Planning for the Future, and was then incorporated into the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, which has since been passed into statute and now exists as Chapter … Read more

Floating into 2024

Crown Estate starts Leasing Round 5 for Celtic Sea Floating Wind The Crown Estate is starting the year with its latest Offshore Wind Leasing Round 5, which relates to floating wind in the Celtic Sea. The four prior leasing rounds have helped the UK become a world leader for fixed-bottom offshore wind, enabling rapid growth … Read more

Mandatory biodiversity net gain – countdown to 12 February 2024

Last week, with the passing of the Environment Act 2021 (Commencement No 8 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2024 (SI 2024/4), the government confirmed that mandatory biodiversity gain will come into effect for major development on 12 February 2024. The requirement will apply to all town and planning act development which is not exempt, on which … Read more

Trust structures in UK land ownership – a new transparency regime?

Introduction The UK government has launched a consultation on the proposed public disclosure of trust and beneficial ownership information where trusts are involved in UK land ownership structures. The consultation, which closes on 21 February 2024, builds upon the government’s introduction to date of the Register of Overseas Entities and the Trust Registration Service. The … Read more

Mass timber: mass appeal or a massive risk?

This post was first published on HSF Construction Notes. The government recently unveiled its Timber in Construction roadmap to increase the use of timber in the construction of homes and buildings. The roadmap assesses both the opportunities and constraints for increasing the safe use of timber in construction in England; as using timber is seen … Read more

RAAC – Who should fix it? Who should pay?

Guidance for owners, occupiers and lenders of affected buildings A number of months have passed since the issues surrounding the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) were brought into sharp focus, with hundreds of public buildings being affected by the considerable safety risks posed by the historic use of RAAC in their construction.  Whilst … Read more