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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

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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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Building on Brexit

Published on 10 November 2016. By Alex Badel, Senior Associate

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The Impact of Brexit on the Construction Industry and the House of Commons Briefing Paper

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Refusing to pay up? You'll need a good case

Published on 16 September 2016. By Julia Edwards, Associate

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TCC enforces adjudicator's decision, finding no breach of natural justice or jurisdiction.

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Office to Residential Permitted Development Rights – an update

Published on 08 August 2016. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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The rights to convert a building from office use to residential without needing to submit a planning application are not new, although a recent decision from the Planning Court have brought them back to the headlines and suggest that they may be more flexible than anticipated.

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5 Partners = 1 Invalid Break Notice

Published on 05 August 2016.

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Landlords beware – if you hold property in the name of a partnership which consists of more than four individuals, and you serve a break notice on your tenants in the partnership name, it may not be valid.

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Brexit and the housing crisis – where are we now?

Published on 01 August 2016. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It is only a couple of months since the Government restated its 'one million homes by 2020' pledge. How does Brexit impact on this

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Brexit and the housing crisis – where are we now?

Published on 01 August 2016. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It is only a couple of months since the Government restated its 'one million homes by 2020' pledge. It was always going to be a big ask, with talk of land banking, constructions skills shortages and delays in the planning system being bandied about on a regular basis

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