Planning

The beginning of the end for pre-commencement conditions?

Posted by on

Consultation is underway on draft regulations which seek to create an exemption to a local planning authority's need to obtain the applicant's written agreement to a pre-commencement condition. More …

Custom Builds – an opportunity for developers

Posted by on

With the Government keen to encourage a more mixed approach to housebuilding, developers should be looking to capitalise on the duty of local planning authorities to grant permissions for plots to meet the demand for self and custom builds. More …

CIL commencement notices: the proof is in the postage

Posted by on

Developers should take heed of the recent appeal to the Planning Inspector (reference APP/M0933/L/17/1200112) where the appellant was handed a surcharge for his failure to submit a commencement notice. More …

A planning authority's duty to give reasons

Posted by on

The Supreme Court recently held, in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79,that in special circumstances a Local Planning Authority may be under a duty to give reasons for its decisions in the interest of fairness and openness, despite there being no general duty under statute. More …

It's finally out - the draft London Plan

Posted by on

The consultation period for the new draft London Plan officially starts today. The Mayor of London has included an ambitious target for London borough councils to build 65,000 homes every year over the next decade – a figure that is around double the current rate of housebuilding. More …

Dispatches: the great housing scandal

Posted by on

A Channel 4 programme on "The Great Housing Scandal" highlighted the insufficient quantity of affordable housing that is currently being provided, with a particular focus on the dearth of social rented units. Here, Sara Hanrahan explores the insufficient quantity of affordable housing that is currently being provided. More …

The house in multiple occupation (HMO) loophole

Posted by on

The BBC's 'Inside Out London' broadcast shone a spotlight on the growing phenomena of landlords carving up suburban houses into HMOs. Sadie Pitman explains the impact this is having on the housing market. More …

Study calls for land release to enable affordable housing

Posted by on

The property firm Savills have released a report today saying there is an annual shortfall of 104,000 homes in London and the South East. It says much more land must be released by local planning authorities to lower land values and enable... More …

The London approach: Fast-tracking affordable housing schemes in the planning process

Posted by on

The GLA has published the new Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance but what impact will this have? Our expert explains. More …

Building regulations and fire safety review

Posted by on

Our expert considers the independent review that is being held after the Grenfell Tower tragedy. More …