Agreements with Registered Providers: 5 Top Tips

For developers bringing forward any residential development, the affordable housing package will be one of the most important elements of ensuring a scheme actually gets consent – particularly in the current political and policy environment. But while it is easy… Read more

MCIL2 update – in force 1 April 2019

Last week, we published a post (see here) noting that the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy 2 ('MCIL2') was due to come into force on 1 April 2019, setting out details of the new charges, which developments would be affected and the implications… Read more

Back to basics: advertisement control

Cases involving advertisement consents rarely make it beyond the High Court but the recent case of Putney Bridge Approach Ltd v (1) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2) Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council & JC Decaux… Read more

Back to Basics: Housing Need and Delivery

  From 25 January 2019 (although see here for our commentary on the ambiguity surrounding the actual date), local planning authorities must use the new standard methodology for assessing housing need set out in the National Planning Policy Framework published in… Read more

Impact of revised National Planning Policy Framework

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 24 July 2018. This post considers what difference it will make – in terms of the impact on developers, whether the government's aims will be achieved and how soon its… Read more

“Women Leading Real Estate” – change is afoot

Herbert Smith Freehills was out in force at a fantastic, thought provoking breakfast event yesterday at the Hilton, Park Lane organised by Bisnow and entitled "Women Leading Real Estate". There was a keynote interview with Alison Nimmo, CEO of The… Read more

Reasons to be cheerful

It is good practice for a local planning authority to give reasons for the grant of planning permission. Failure to give adequate reasons may be serious enough to justify quashing the permission. There is a statutory duty to give reasons… Read more

Affordable Housing: Back to Basics

This post has been superseded by a new post assessing affordable housing under the revised National Planning Policy Framework published in July 2018 and the draft New London Plan showing Minor Suggested Changes published in August 2018. See here for the new post. "Affordable… Read more

Budget: Tax implications for real estate

Apart from a couple of pieces of good news, the Autumn Budget materials published earlier today contain a number of definite and potential changes to UK tax on real estate which could impact on pricing going forward. The good news… Read more

The Potential Pitfalls of Overage

Overage provisions can be complicated, and the recent case of Sparks v Biden [2017] EWHC 1994 (Ch), offers some useful reminders of the potential pitfalls that can arise when drafting overage agreements and the scope of the Court's ability to… Read more

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – the future?

The BBC and others are today reporting the Department for Transport's news that the Government has announced funding for a "platooning" feasibility study. This will allow up to three heavy goods vehicles to travel in convoy on motorways with their acceleration,… Read more

What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Planning Resource has published an on-line article by Matthew White, Head of Planning, London, discussing the conclusions of the May 2017 report by the London School of Economics concerning the impact of overseas buyers on housing supply. For the Planning Resource article,… Read more

The new EIA Regulations: what has actually changed?

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 came into force on 16 May 2017, implementing the 2014 EU Directive. Similar regulations have also come into force under the infrastructure planning regime. Largely, the new regulations are a fairly extensive… Read more

On Election Day

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK Planning, London I'm sure I am not alone in finding it difficult to be enthusiastic about today's general election. From a development perspective, there is little in the main parties' manifestos that… Read more