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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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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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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 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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Review of unviable affordable housing obligations to cease on 30 April 2016

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London Developers with planning permission for residential development can currently apply to renegotiate affordable housing obligations which have become economically unviable.  However, this review mechanism will cease to be effective on 30 April … Continue reading

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Planning Update: office to residential conversion rights made permanent, Mayor’s advice to local authorities on avoiding these rights, Mayor’s viability disclosure requirements, and CIL and mezzanine floors

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London Today's post is a planning update, summarising some of the recent and forthcoming changes to planning law and policy. Please contact us for more … Continue reading

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How to solve a housing crisis: commercial viability, land value and affordable housing

Author: Martyn Jarvis, Associate, Planning, Real Estate, London The UK is facing a housing crisis, most pronounced in London, and this is set to be a key factor in the forthcoming Mayoral elections.  Meanwhile, commercial viability is the talk of … Continue reading

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