Planning

Proposed changes to permitted development rights and use classes – impact on developers and landlords

Authors: Fiona Sawyer, Professional Support Lawyer,  Kate Wilson, Professional Support Lawyer and Frances Edwards, Senior Associate, Real Estate Two key themes of the Budget on 29 October 2018 were increasing the supply of housing and improving the health of high … Continue reading

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Affordability, viability and clarity – the impact of valuation on supply of affordable housing

Author: Fiona Sawyer, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London Viability is at the heart of the extent to which private developers can be expected to bridge the gap between demand for and supply of affordable housing. In April this year, in … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing Back to Basics: What do the new NPPF and Draft London Plan modifications mean for affordable housing?

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Of Counsel, Planning, Real Estate, London This blog post explores how the meaning of affordable housing has evolved following the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF”) on 24 July 2018 and the Draft New … Continue reading

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Revised National Planning Policy Framework—will it fix the housing market?

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Planning on 9 August 2018. Will the government’s new planning rulebook deliver on its promises? Robert Walton, barrister at Landmark Chambers, says the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is a step in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Real Estate Podcast EP2: Highways – dedication, adoption, maintenance and stopping up

In this podcast, Herbert Smith Freehills associate Martyn Jarvis explains the difference between dedication and adoption of a highway, what a duty of maintenance of a highway involves and what stopping up is.

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EGi: What’s so unlawful about London’s affordable housing policy?

The High Court has declared a key policy in the mayor of London’s planning guidance on affordable housing ‘unlawful’ – but what does that mean in practice? Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK planning, explains the impact of the decision in this article published on EGi … Continue reading

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Observations from MIPIM: The Public Dented Sector

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London Now that the annual decant to Cannes has drawn to a close, I am left wondering how to judge the mood of this year’s MIPIM – the world’s biggest property show. … Continue reading

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Closing the “viability loophole”? A return for the developer must be taken into account when setting local plans

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK Planning; Catherine Howard, Partner; and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The Government is recommending that viability is assessed in detail by the local authority at the stage of setting its … Continue reading

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The road to MIPIM – podcast interview with HSF partner Matthew White

  Matthew White, partner and head of the UK planning team in the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills talks to Lucy Morton, another lawyer in the planning team, about what he’s expecting from the MIPIM real estate conference in … Continue reading

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