Real Estate Development Yule Blog – 11 Metre Buildings

In this instalment of our Real Estate Development Yule Blog we look at the impact that the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA 2022) has in relation to residential buildings that are at least 11 metres (or five storeys) tall by way of Remediation Orders that can be made against landlords and Remediation Contribution Orders that … Read more

Real Estate Development Yule Blog – 12 points to ponder

As we look forward to what we hope is a less tumultuous 2023 our Real Estate Development Yule Blog starting today should provide you with a taste of some of the issues we have been concerned with this year which will continue to be of huge relevance to the real estate industry. We start the … Read more

Reforming Building Safety – Navigating the Building Safety Act 2022

Over the course of the last couple of years, we have watched with interest as the Building Safety Act made its way through Parliament and, earlier this year, finally became law.  As discussed in previous blogs (here and here, for example), the Act represents a wholesale revision of the planning and construction approval process for … Read more

Conservation covenants – now registrable

Conservation covenants were introduced by the Environment Act 2021. They are private, voluntary legal agreements which bind current and future landowners to positive and restrictive conservation related actions. They have been available for use since 30 September 2022, but rules enabling a conservation covenant to be registered as a local land charge came into effect … Read more

Autumn Statement 2022 – implications for planning and development

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement was keenly awaited by many. Among the news that developers hoped to learn was what we can expect for planning reform, on which see our post here. Have we got the clarity that we were hoping for? To some extent perhaps. From a planning point of view the Autumn Statement may have … Read more

The Growth Plan: Political upheaval and planning

EG reported this afternoon that the government’s Investment Zone policy “is rumoured to be scrapped” in Monday’s Autumn Statement – we will know more in a few days’ time. The uncertainty surrounding this is now unfortunately familiar when it comes to changes to the planning system. Investment Zones were a significant part of the previous … Read more

Running up that Hill(side) – Supreme Court strikes a blow against cakeism

Back in December 2020 we analysed the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 1440, in which the Court held that implementation of a masterplan pursuant to a 1967 permission was no longer possible due to developments carried out under later permissions (our … Read more

The Winners and Losers of the UK’s Commercial Rent Arrears (Covid) arbitration scheme

Matthew Bonye, head of our Real Estate Dispute Resolution team, and Shanna Davison, professional support lawyer, recently shared their thoughts on the mandatory arbitration scheme launched earlier this year by the Government in response to arrears accrued during Covid-related closures. The scheme ran for six months ending on 23 September 2022 and, whilst we may … Read more

Growth Plan 2022 – Investment Zones, planning reform and housing targets

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the future of planning. On 23 September, the Chancellor announced the government’s Growth Plan 2022, and last week has seen Conservative Party Conference speeches from the new Levelling Up Minister, Simon Clarke, and the Prime Minister putting (limited) flesh on the bones on the future of levelling … Read more