Development and construction

Court warns developers not to take the law into their own hands

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The Court of Appeal has sent a strong message to developers not to build on land in breach of a restrictive covenant and then present the court with a fait accompli and challenge the judge not to order demolition but allow them to compensate the frustrated covenant holder instead. More …

New PPG on Build to Rent

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On 13th September the Government published a new section in its Planning Practice Guidance ("Guidance") on Build to Rent in order to simplify its treatment within the planning system and aid in the interpretation of The National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF"). More …

The new NPPF: A review of the changes since the March draft

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The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 24 July. The Government has made a number of changes to the draft that was released for consultation earlier in March. The key changes in the updated document relate to improvements to housing and maximising efficiency and are summarised in this article. More …

An Expensive Obligation: reasonable endeavours as soon as reasonably practicable

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In the recent High Court case of Gaia v Abbeygate, a developer was found not to have made reasonable endeavours to fulfil conditions of a contract as soon as reasonably practicable. More …

Cladding and Grenfell - the legal landscape

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Blake Morgan's Construction Partner, Richard Wade, discusses the issues, concerns and claims relating to cladding, on the back of the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower. More …

Construction industry braced for Carillion insolvency

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The well-publicised liquidation of Carillion and appointment of partners at PwC with day-to-day control represents one of the biggest failures of a private sector company this decade and certainly the biggest since the collapse of BHS. So what are the implications for businesses at the 'sharp end', especially those holding contracts with Carillion? More …

The death bell tolls for leasehold

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Today, Thursday 21 December 2017 is an important date to be noted – marking the beginning of the end for leasehold. More …

Oxbridge Arc – The New Powerhouse for UK Growth

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On 17 November 2017 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its report, "Partnering for prosperity: a new deal for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Arc". More …

"In defence of pubs": The proposed removal of permitted development rights

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill amendment has brought in some changes to the change of use or demolition of public houses. Here is an overview of the reforms. More …

Housing White Paper: Five key planning points for developers

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We have picked through the Housing White Paper to identify these five key planning points for developers: More …