Prevention is better than cure: planning, health and well-being

“Health and well-being” is on the Government’s radar. Two recent publications, a housing design audit by University College London (UCL) and a Department for Transport survey, prompt consideration of the role that the planning process in England plays in ensuring the health and well-being of the people who live and work in this country. In … Read more

Co-living in Europe

In an article for Real Estate. Reconsidered, we looked at market and legal issues affecting co-living in the UK (for the article see here). In “Co-living – market and legal issues for co-living projects in Europe” we look at co-living further afield, in France, Germany and Spain as well as the UK. To recap, what … Read more

Ring in the new? – planning update

In Planning for Housing, published in Real Estate. Reconsidered last month, we took a look at ongoing Government initiatives designed to tackle the housing crisis, and also the problems faced by high streets and town centres. Throughout we noted that whether and how various initiatives would be progressed depended on the result of the General … Read more

Real Estate. Reconsidered

Yesterday the HSF Real Estate team launched Real Estate. Reconsidered, a collection of our thoughts on some of the key issues that are impacting the real estate sector and our opinions on what the future may hold for the real estate market and its legal landscape. To read Real Estate. Reconsidered click here. Please contact us … Read more

Planning for the future of energy storage – follow-up consultation

In April, we wrote a blog about a consultation held by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on proposed changes to the treatment of energy storage under the planning system. This consultation, which ran from January to March 2019, applied to England only. On 15 October 2019, BEIS published its response to … Read more

The compulsory purchase regime in England podcast series – EP6: Compensation

The final episode in our podcast series on the compulsory purchase regime in England is now ready to download – this episode can be found on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. In this episode, Rebecca Butterworth, an associate in our planning team, discusses the important issue of compensation. We hope that this series has been interesting. … Read more

Purdah most foul

It’s impossible to have missed that, despite the intentions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011, the UK is about to experience its third General Election in less than five years. At 00:01 on Wednesday 6 November we entered the “pre-election period of sensitivity”, which will stay in effect until polling closes on 12 December … Read more

The Environment Bill

The rug was pulled from under the feet of the first substantial primary legislation on the environment since 1995 by the announcement of a December 2019 General Election. The Environment Bill had received a second reading on 28th October where it received cross party support and was whisked onwards to the committee stages in which … Read more