Planning

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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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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