Planning and Infrastructure

Autumn Budget: The revival of High Streets?

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On Monday 29th October the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented the Autumn Budget. The general theme of the Budget was an end to austerity and an increase in public spending although this only briefly touched on planning reform. More …

The housing crisis - uncertainty in the era of Brexit

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Uncertainty is a common issue surrounding Brexit, and this remains a theme in the part it plays in the UK housing crisis. While some see the lack of clarity in the Brexit negotiations to have a detrimental impact on property value (especially in London) and land development, others see Brexit as an opportunity to reclaim more control over sources of property investment and regulation. More …

Extension of permitted development rights for change of use of agricultural buildings to residential use

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Farmers and rural estate owners wishing to diversify their revenue streams by converting derelict, or redundant farm buildings into habitable units to be sold on the open market, or for lettings to residential tenants, will welcome recent changes to permitted development rights under class Q which came into force on 6 April 2018. More …

'Land-banking is a myth that just won't be debunked'

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Sir Oliver Letwin’s housing review was set up to look into the gap between housing completions and the amount of land which has received permission for housing. The most common reason being mooted for the huge difference is that developers are land banking sites in order to ‘drip feed’ houses on to the market and keep prices high. More …

Property Week

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'Land-banking is a myth that just won't be debunked' More …

Oaklands Appeal for Greenbelt/MOL development allowed

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In the recent appeal of Oaklands College and Taylor Wimpey Homes against a refusal by St Alban's City and District Council (reference APP/B1930/W/15/3051164), the Secretary of State allowed a development scheme within Metropolitan Open Land/Green Belt because the harm was outweighed by significant other benefits. More …

Autumn Budget 2017 – what does this mean for planning?

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Earlier today the Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed the Government's Autumn Budget. The More …

Brexit: Solving the housing crisis?

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Blake Morgan planning Partner Sara Hanrahan’s comments on proposals that more housing should be built in affluent areas are included in The Times law today. More …

Outline planning consent granted for Swansea city centre regeneration

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In April, Blake Morgan advised the City and County of Swansea in relation to the submission of if its application to regenerate the city centre. More …

Blake Morgan acts in crucial Court of Appeal parking permits case: R (Khodari) v RBKC

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This case looks at the lawfulness and enforceability of the inclusion of "permit-free" obligations within Section 106 Agreements which seek to restrict future occupants from applying for a permit to park on the highway. More …