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It’s just a phase… isn’t it?

The recent judgment of the High Court in the Oval Estates case has highlighted the importance to developers in settling CIL phasing strategies early on in the planning process and not relying on retrospective action.

The community infrastructure levy (“CIL”) is payable on chargeable developments.  Where a planning permission is expressly stated to be phased, Read More

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Vacant Building Credit – A Window of Opportunity

The tinkering with the planning system continues. The addition to the Planning Practice Guidance in November of three slender paragraphs introducing the vacant building credit marks one of the Government’s latest attempts to encourage the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

The principle behind the vacant building credit is straightforward. Where a vacant building is brought back Read More

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Discussing Development Disputes

Anyone looking out of their office window in central London will see that the development market is back. From our offices in Holborn, we have been able to see (and feel!) the works going on at the new Goldman Sachs headquarters on Farringdon Road, AXA Real Estate’s 12 storey scheme at Holborn Viaduct now occupied Read More

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Town and Village Greens: No longer a NIMBY’s weapon?

Town and Village Greens (“TVG“) have long been a thorn in the side of developers, and in recent years have increasingly been used by locals to thwart development.  However, the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 made a number of changes to the TVG regime, seeking to redress this balance.  Many, though, would say Read More

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Rights to Light- the Great Debate

On 23 April 2013 Hogan Lovells hosted a lively debate at which Law Commissioner Professor Cooke, Liz Peace, Chief Executive of the BPF, John McGhee QC, Gordon Ingram, rights to light specialist surveyor, and Gerald Kaye, Development Director of Helical Bar expressed conflicting views on proposals made by the Law Commission in its recent Read More

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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

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Second annual Welbeck strategic land debate

On 24 September 2012 Hogan Lovells hosted the Second Annual Welbeck Strategic Land Debate.  Chaired by Property Week’s Editor-in-Chief, Giles Barrie, Chris Tinker of Crest Nicholson and Liz Peace of the BPF argued for the motion “We believe that the Government should be encouraging development both on green fields and in cities” whilst Richard Blakeway, Read More