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The implications of proposed powers for councils to block slow developers: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource11 May 2023
A legislative tweak allowing councils to refuse applications anywhere in their area from applicants deemed slow to build out a site will be challenging to implement, may unfairly penalise smaller developers and could deter brownfield redevelopment, commentators fear.
Turnover is Vanity, Profit is Sanity, Cash is Reality31 March 2023
Hardly a day goes by when a residential landlord is not bombarded by a seemingly endless torrent of bad news about the future of owning Buy-to-Lets or investment portfolios. Residential landlords and investors are leaving the market in droves. Driven away by rising interest rates, ever-increasing costs and the perceived burden of legislative and regulatory reforms.
When Less Means More29 March 2023
Change is afoot for those looking to benefit from Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR). MDR has long been a help in keeping SDLT manageable for certain complex residential purchases.
Adding Value with Planning Permission20 March 2023
Local Planning Authorities are required by the Government (Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004) to identify land within their administrative boundaries that will meet the needs for future housing and employment growth.
How is the dollar’s dominance impacting the luxury real estate market?13 March 2023
It has been an interesting run for luxury property buyers over the course of the last 6 months or so. Quite remarkable how the market can flip from armageddon with lending rates at record highs, only for the world to be all rosy again with just the slightest adjustment back down.
In Conversation with Anna Josse, Founder and CEO of Prism The Gift Fund29 November 2022
“Philanthropy is inherently personal; there are as many reasons for giving as there are people who give. We’ve found that not only would many people like to give more, but that others would be happy to start if they weren’t intimidated by the complexities of charitable giving.” We spoke to Anna Josse, Founder, CEO of Prism the Gift Fund to get the low down on effective giving vehicles, Donor Advised Funds.
Secret gardens and the ever-increasing demand for properties on those squares24 November 2022
We spoke to Priyank Lakhia the Founder & Director of Independent Agency, 5Bay Group about the numerous garden squares spread around central London, which Priyank says are one of the city's most distinguishing features.
Inflation, interest rates & money markets - what are the implications for real estate?23 November 2022
The economic impacts of the former chancellor’s ‘fiscal statement’ of 23rd September, the subsequent u-turns and the resulting uncertainty and market disruption, continue to reverberate and have increased the chance of house price falls to a level not seen since 1990.
Roof terraces: The Importance of Being Legal22 November 2022
Q: I recently bought a London apartment that has an unused roof space. Do I need planning permission to use it as a terrace?
Annabel Lindsay for EG on pets in the workplace15 November 2022
A surge in pet ownership during the pandemic combined with a demand for flexible working has led many companies to consider allowing dogs into the workplace.
The Register of Overseas Entities14 November 2022
The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (the “Act”) came into force earlier this year. The transitional period has well and truly begun, and the clock is most certainly ticking for any affected overseas entity to comply with the Act or face tough penalties for failure to do so.
Proptech – once a trend, now a necessity10 November 2022
The real estate sector has, for a long time, been reluctant to embrace technology. While the rise of property tech start-ups did go some way to open people’s eyes to the possibilities and fuel their imagination, it took something as monumental as a global pandemic to force many, who work within the sector, to move away from traditional (and often outdated) working practices into a more modern way of thinking and working.
A case for retro-fitting21 September 2022
At a time of spiralling inflation and supply-chain issues, UK businesses need to think even more carefully about how they occupy their space, particularly as working habits have shifted post-Covid. One key aspect of this will be to consider whether their current space is fit for purpose, could be made so, or is no longer suitable.
Lewis Silkin has advised online rental platform Fat Llama on its £34m sale to Swedish company Hygglo22 August 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised UK-based online rental platform Fat Llama on its £34m sale to Swedish firm Hygglo, in a deal that has created the largest peer-to-peer rental platform in Europe.
Headquarter moves are not necessarily a headache04 August 2022
The change in the way that office space is used has been gathering significant momentum since the pandemic hit.
Lewis Silkin oversees construction contracts and construction aspects of major new UK film studio18 July 2022
Shinfield Studios development set to bring Hollywood to the Thames Valley.
What to expect from revisions to the NPPF and other policy changes this summer: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine06 July 2022
The levelling up bill includes a section on digitalising the planning system. Last Autumn, the government launched the PropTech Engagement Fund to support the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services within the planning process. The second round of projects was announced in June. Some of the results of this initiative are expected in September.
How big is your garden?27 June 2022
What “reasonable enjoyment” means for tax relief on your garden when you sell.
No Longer Grounded – Changes in Leasehold Enfranchisement24 June 2022
Outside of case law tweaks to the aging legislation, it is rather rare that anything significant happens in the world of enfranchisement. June 2022, however, is different.
How can I build a house in the countryside?23 June 2022
Creating an exciting new countryside home can be doable and uncomplicated.