Planning

Silence is Consent: Developers must pay attention to draft pre-commencement conditions

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, London Developers beware – if you don’t agree with a pre-commencement condition in draft, you could have to express your disagreement in writing within 10 working days, or risk the authority imposing it in … Continue reading

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“Women Leading Real Estate” – change is afoot

Author: Alice Dockar, Partner, Real Estate, London 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 … Continue reading

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Will land values fall if future planning permission is ignored?

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning; Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London What if land values fell because the value attached to future potential planning permission was disregarded? This is what the Labour party is proposing, through … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning; Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London 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 … Continue reading

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What developers and planners need to know about autonomous vehicles

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London Developers and planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests in his article for Planning Magazine, published on Friday 15 December 2017.  The … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing: Back to Basics

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, Real Estate, London “Affordable housing” – two words that those working in the property and planning world can hardly move without seeing flashed about everywhere. There is a wealth of information available on the … Continue reading

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Budget: Tax implications for real estate

Authors: Neil Warriner, Partner and Will Arrenberg, Partner, Real Estate Tax, London 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 … Continue reading

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Affordable housing viability calculations: Herbert Smith Freehills workshops on Mayor’s new guidance

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning and Catherine Howard, Partner, Planning, London Herbert Smith Freehills are running workshops for property developers on housing and viability, with a focus on London and interpreting the Mayor’s recently adopted guidance on viability and affordable housing. … Continue reading

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The Potential Pitfalls of Overage

Author: Kate Wilson, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate, London 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 … Continue reading

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Communal living – flexible renting within a rigid planning system

Author: James Gibson, Associate (Scotland), Planning, Real Estate, London Co-living is perhaps a concept traditionally associated with the shoestring lifestyle of students. But what about curated workspaces, well-equipped gyms or perhaps even a trip to the spa – all under … Continue reading

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