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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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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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A five step guide to calculating the level of affordable housing the Mayor considers viable

Author: Catherine Howard, Partner, Planning, Real Estate, London In this blog post, we explain in simple terms how a developer is now expected to set the level of affordable housing which the Mayor of London deems viable for a particular … 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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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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What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Planning Resource has published an on-line article by Matthew White, Head of Planning, London, discussing the conclusions of the May 2017 report by the London School of Economics concerning the impact of overseas buyers on housing supply. For the Planning Resource article, … Continue reading

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An unusual consequence of the housing crisis – or, when is it against public policy to enforce a hospice’s privacy?

Author: Jerome Temme, Trainee, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London Take a hospice, a restrictive covenant preventing development next door which, at the time of the development, served to protect the privacy of the sick children, their families and visitors, and … Continue reading

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Time to respond to the Housing White Paper

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London There is just over one month left to submit responses to the Government's Housing White Paper and Build to Rent consultations. Published on 7 February 2017, the consultation period closes for the Build … Continue reading

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Comfort and joy

Author: Alex Rhodes, Senior Associate, Planning, London While this may feel like yet another winter with warmer than usual temperatures, the harsh reality is that not everyone will be celebrating the season of goodwill with a roof over their heads. It's … Continue reading

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The return of “Vacant Building Credit”

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The world of planning has been busy: the new Mayor of London is making promises including measures to improve air quality and to … Continue reading

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