Investing in Greater Paris

“Grand Paris” is a major investment opportunity for real estate players. We are pleased to share with you a webinar by our Paris office, which presents the main characteristics of investments in Greater Paris. A legal perspective is presented by Anne Petitjean, a partner in the Real Estate practice at Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris, who … Read more

Impact of net-zero by 2050 on aviation and airport development

In May, we reported on the outcome of five challenges to the Secretary of State’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS), which sets out the Government’s policy support for expansion of Heathrow Airport. All five challenges were dismissed by the High Court. Since then, the Court of Appeal has made an order … Read more

Back to basics: the impact of old planning agreements

When purchasing land, it is always advisable to check what obligations could come with ownership. Such obligations include planning obligations, which are now made pursuant to section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (the 1990 Act) but used to be made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 (section 52 agreements). … Read more

Consultation on new permitted development rights for telecomms apparatus

Recently, the government announced a consultation on proposals to reform permitted development rights (PD rights) for operators under the Electronic Communications Code (Code Operators). The aim of the proposals is to support 5G technology and extend mobile coverage. Four new PD rights are proposed, two of which would require prior approval from the local planning … Read more

CIL Infrastructure Funding Statements – Clarifying the Opaque

New planning guidance was published by the Government on Sunday 1 September regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in light of recent amendments made to the CIL Regulations. One of the key changes made is the revocation of Regulation 123 (see here for our recent blog on this), which provided that a development could not … Read more