Planning and Infrastructure

Consultation on 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice for service charges in commercial property

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On 25 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a consultation on the 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property. More …

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it

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In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be. More …

NERCA and the List of Streets Exception

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Our expert looks at the case of Trail Riders Fellowship v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and explains other cases that involving the application of the exceptions. More …

A Reminder of the extent of a highway

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A Court of Appeal decision in Southwark LBC v Transport for London provides a useful reminder of the vertical extent of a highway authority's legal interest in an adopted highway. Our expert explains the case. More …

Big screen success for West Wales town regeneration

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Blake Morgan was pleased to assist Haverfordwest Chamber of Commerce take a significant step towards achieving its on-going aim of revitalising Pembrokeshire's county town. More …

Legal Viewpoint - Obligations route blocked on parking permit restrictions

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A Court of Appeal ruling last month involving planning permission to convert a building in west London from five flats to eight explored the lawfulness and enforceability of planning obligations that seek to restrict residents from applying for permits for on-street parking. In 2015, the High Court held that such obligations fall outside the scope of section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. More …

Town planning and autonomous cars

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This article was first published on LexisNexis on 19 January 2017. Planning analysis: Planning authorities and experts are often accused of being slow and unresponsive, to the detriment of areas that subsequently fail to develop a discernible sense of character. More …

Planning ahead - rolling out the Housing and Planning Act 2016

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Planning analysis: New housing and planning regulations bring a mix bag of provisions into force. More …

Brexit and the Impact on Planning

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David Cameron started today with an emotional speech acknowledging that the " British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected". More …