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Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Offices to Residential Conversion – A Free Ride for Developers?

The Government announced its latest initiative to ease the housing crisis and stimulate growth on 24 January (click here to view the ministerial statement).  From Spring 2013, for a trial period of three years, new rights will permit changes of use from commercial to residential without the need for planning permission. At first glance these

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Streamlining the planning application process

Developers will welcome with open arms the Government’s latest consultation on changes to the planning application process.  The aim is to streamline the process making it less burdensome, more proportionate and save costs.  The proposals affect design and access statements, the validation stage and decision notices. Design and Access Statements Current Position: Originally introduced in

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Legal A – Z: “C” is for Consent

Q) I have received an application from my tenant to assign its lease, but the tenant has not provided enough information on the proposed tenant’s financial position for me to decide the matter. Can I simply refuse consent? A) Yes. If your lease prohibits assignment “without the consent of the landlord not to be unreasonably

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Court clarifies time limits to appeal Party Wall awards

The law currently enshrined in The Party Walls etc Act 1996 has evolved over a period of centuries.  As I found to my disappointment when preparing to talk to The Pyramus & Thisbe Club (www.partywalls.org.uk/) on the topic of “recent developments”, the case law has similarly developed at a snail’s pace.  The Act has often