Planning

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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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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