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Planning to Protect Pubs

Published on 09 March 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A review of recent article 4 directions removing permitted development rights from pubs and proposed legislation to protect them from development and demolition.

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Finally, a victory in the on-going battle against business rates

Published on 03 March 2017. By Sarah Blunn, Partner

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The Supreme Court ruling in Newbigin v Monks represents a welcome and important victory for UK property developers.

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The new statutory obligation to report on payment practices

Published on 28 February 2017. By Christina Cheriyan, Associate and Jamie Key, Senior Associate

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Key points (and links) for businesses to note about the draft Reporting Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017 which comes into effect in April 2017.

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Publication

Guide to Real Estate Funds

22 February 2017

Welcome to the BVCA Guide to Real Estate Funds, the latest in our series of guides into business sectors, investment strategies and international markets.

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CIL review: A note of caution to charities

Published on 20 February 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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An overview of the CIL review team's recommendations for reform of CIL and consideration of the effect the loss of charitable exemptions could have on charities

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The Housing White Paper: 5 ways to boost delivery

Published on 15 February 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A round-up of five key themes in the Housing White Paper which aim to increase land available for housing and boost build-out rates.

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Green belt development - don't forget the law!

Published on 13 February 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A review of the housing white paper in relation to green belt development noting that the Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act 1938 is a further hurdle.

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Electronic Signatures – the future of executing documents?

03 February 2017

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You could be forgiven for failing to spot the release of The EU Regulation on Electronic Identification and Trust Services in the Internal Market (910/2014/EU) (the Regulation), released post EU referendum. We consider the impact of this and the Law Society's Guidance Note on electronic signatures (the Guidance Note).

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Garden Villages - are they necessary?

Published on 09 January 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning and Rhiannon Saunders, Senior Associate

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A recent Government announcement has proposed 14 sites across England to be the first garden villages, with 3 further sites to be new garden towns. But with a country full of deserted and derelict buildings, are garden villages and towns the only way forward?

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The ins and outs of tall buildings

Published on 18 November 2016. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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Whilst iconic design can be fabulous, RPC asks if we will see developers and architects put more thought into the needs of their occupiers and surrounding landowners, and less of a focus on headline-grabbing exterior designs.

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