Development and construction

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 …

The use of Escrow accounts as building works enablers

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The redevelopment of one part of a building poses obvious construction risk to the remaining parts. For example, basement excavations in expensive London enclaves or fancy penthouse conversions to the top of a block. More …

The power of social media – how it can be used effectively for planning and developers

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While social media has been a topic in planning circles since at least 2012, a recent release of data has reinvigorated interest in the subject. More …

Neighbourhood Planning Bill Update

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The Neighbourhood Planning Bill ("the Bill") had its first reading in the House of Commons on 7 September and is due to have its second reading on 10 October 2016. The Bill introduces a number of changes to both the planning and compulsory purchase. More …

SDLT 3% surcharge for additional properties: Common questions

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Apparently HMRC's stamp duty land tax (SDLT) technical team are receiving over 570 queries a month on the 3% surcharge for additional properties to stamp duty land tax introduced on 1 April 2016. More …

SDLT 3% for joint purchases of residential properties

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Yesterday at the Budget draft legislation was produced finalising the structure of the 3% SDLT surcharge. More …