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The fate of statues under the new National Planning Policy Framework: Sara Hanrahan writes for Property Week
Press30 July 2021
On 20 July, MHCLG published its latest revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). One notable amendment, a modification to the application process for the removal of historic statues, is a political hot potato.
How the government’s infrastructure levy rethink is set to affect applicants and authorities: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press21 July 2021
The government has backpedalled on its proposal for a national flat-rate infrastructure levy. But its latest signals could herald the elimination of section 106 developer contributions and mandatory levies for all councils, say commentators.
What the government’s vow that it no longer wants to ‘rip up’ the system tells us about the forthcoming planning bill: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press21 July 2021
The government response to consultation feedback on the planning white paper has been pushed back from its original spring deadline to the autumn, while the housing secretary has promised that ensuing changes will be council-led. Commentators say that a significant government retreat is on the cards.
Five policy and legislation changes to expect this summer: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press20 July 2021
Changes to local plan-making and methods for making developers contribute to the infrastructure that supports their schemes are among the alterations promised for the next few months
09 July 2021
Commercial tenants and landlords alike have been eagerly awaiting the outcome of two landmark cases (Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH v TFS Stores Limited and Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd & Others v Cine-UK Ltd & Others) where a number of tenants challenged their liability to pay the rent and other sums under their respective leases based on arguments related to the effects of Covid-19.
Inbrief08 July 2021
Adjudication is a mandatory procedure for determining disputes, and was introduced in the construction industry by the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996 (the “Construction Act”).
16 June 2021
The government has protected tenants’ interests, with the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming into force on 26 March 2020.
16 June 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
Inbrief16 June 2021
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down; to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Sports Q&A - I want to make alterations to my sports venue due to Covid-19 – do I need any third-party consent(s) for this?15 June 2021
The answer is, maybe! This depends on a few factors, which are set out below.
What we know about the government's proposed changes to developer contributions: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine21 May 2021
In this article for Planning Magazine, Sara Hanrahan comments on whether the government will stick to previous proposals for a flat-rate charge and postponement of payment to project completion through which developers contribute to the cost of mitigating the impacts of their schemes.
Why the government may have to backtrack on its proposals to grant permission through local plans: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press21 May 2021
In this article for Planning Magazine, Sara Hanrahan shares her views on how the government may have to back out of proposals to change local plans so they automatically confer outline permission on certain kinds of development in specific places.
The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press17 May 2021
The announcement of a new planning bill to implement some of the key proposals in last summer’s planning white paper is expected to feature in the Queen's Speech next week, according to reports. However, observers believe the housing ministry will struggle to develop the necessary details so that the bill is ready for publication later this year and are sceptical that the proposed new infrastructure levy will be included in it.
The catalyst of Covid-19 must bring a positive change to our offices: Clare Reddy writes for Property Week
Press01 April 2021
Covid-19 has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for change. At some point, life will settle into a new rhythm, which will come with its own challenges. As we grapple with hybrid ways of working, the pandemic has shown that our experiences have not been equal and has emphasised the increased importance of wellbeing.
Common pitfalls for Facilities Managers when overseeing new office fit outs: Clare Reddy writes for FMUK
Press08 March 2021
In this article for Facilities Management UK, Clare Reddy outlines the issues some facilities managers may face when carrying out some sort of work for properties and how to avoid risks.
Accessibility issue highlighted by disability campaigners: Clare Reddy and Lucy Hendley comment for Property Week
Press18 January 2021
Gaining access to residential and commercial properties is a problem for wheelchair-users despite legislation. Clare Reddy and Lucy Hendley explain further in this article.
07 January 2021
The government has introduced a temporary ban on commercial property landlords from issuing statutory demands and winding-up petitions against tenant companies unable to pay amounts owed under their lease due to coronavirus.
14 December 2020
From 1 April 2020 all retail, leisure and hospitality firms will be exempt from paying business rates for 12 months to help limit any further financial and economic damage that this pandemic is causing.
23 November 2020
One of the upsides of lockdown has been the wealth of information available through webinars, when experts in their relevant fields, who are usually too busy to disseminate their expansive knowledge, are able to share their views.
18 November 2020
With a fresh lockdown in place until early December – at least – corporate occupiers are once again faced with considering how best to manage their return to offices. Occupiers have already briefly experienced life back in premises under Covid-measures, including ensuring they, and their landlords, comply with health and safety guidelines, protect against possible contractual or negligence claims from their employees So, who is liable for what?