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The issues raised by an appeal decision blocking the replacement of a slave trader statue with that of a Black Lives Matter protester: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine20 September 2021
An appeal decision that saw an inspector block the replacement of a listed statue of an 18th-century slave trader in Bristol with that of a Black Lives Matter protester indicates the challenges in removing or altering historic structures for social and community reasons, say experts.
Return to the workplace: Dealing with surplus office space03 September 2021
In this video Patrick Brown sets out options for corporate occupiers who have found themselves with surplus space post pandemic.
Return to the workplace: Making your workplace Covid secure03 September 2021
In this video Patrick Brown discusses what steps corporate occupiers may need to take when making their offices covid secure.
Return to the workplace: Discussing enhancements with your landlord03 September 2021
In this video Patrick Brown covers important points to consider ahead of discussing changes to service requirements of landlords.
How to address allegations of discrimination: Karen Baxter and Lucy Hendley write for EG02 September 2021
Karen Baxter and Lucy Hendley set out the steps to take if your business is accused of being a toxic workplace.
The fate of statues under the new National Planning Policy Framework: Sara Hanrahan writes for Property Week30 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.
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 Resource21 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.