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Incorrect Ownership Certificates: A Cautionary Tale

Published on 19 January 2018. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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In a case which the judge deemed to be "a cautionary tale about how not to submit a planning application and its consequences", the High Court has recently tackled the question of the effect of incorrect ownership certificates submitted with planning applications. In considering the issue, the Court has given us a helpful reminder of when such an error might lead to the quashing of a planning permission.

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9 Ladies Dancing: The Mayor of London protects the night-time economy

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

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The Mayor of London published supplementary planning guidance last month, aiming to protect and enhance cultural venues across the capital and promote the night-time economy, and the draft revised London Plan could put this on a policy footing.

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7 Swans-a-Swimming: new regulations are there to protect them

Published on 11 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It's day seven of our festive blog series: The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 have come into effect. What do they say for the likes of our swimming swans?

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5 gold rings: a sensible way of paying for your Christmas shopping?

Published on 07 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It's day five of our festive blog series: Gold is rare as a payment form these days, and cash is becoming increasingly so. Whilst retailers and consumers are embracing cashless payments, they are not without their risks.

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3 French hens: are too many of our house-building eggs in their baskets?

Published on 05 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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We couldn't pass up the opportunity to mention Brexit – its potential impact on the rate at which we are building out new homes has been in the news a lot recently, with fears over the loss of foreign workers and slowdown across the economy.

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From light industrial to residential – the new permitted development right

Published on 01 November 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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At a time when headlines and inboxes are filled with new comment, consultation and discussion on how to tackle England's housing crisis, a new permitted development right allowing a change of use from light industrial to residential has come into effect with very little fanfare. So what's new, and why have we not heard more about it?

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The Mayor of London's Affordable Housing SPG: 10 things you need to know (part 2)

Published on 30 August 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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This supplementary planning guidance, issued this month, builds on the Mayor's long-term aim for half of all new homes in London to be affordable (as defined in the London Plan). More will no doubt be heard in the revised London Plan when that emerges, but in the meantime here are some headlines which we hope help you cut through the SPG.

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The Mayor of London's Affordable Housing SPG: 10 things you need to know (part 1)

Published on 24 August 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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This supplementary planning guidance, issued this month, builds on the Mayor's long-term aim for half of all new homes in London to be affordable (as defined in the London Plan). More will no doubt be heard in the revised London Plan when that emerges, but in the meantime here are some headlines which we hope help you cut through the SPG.

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Who has to sign a s106 agreement?

Published on 02 August 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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The question of who needs to sign a s106 agreement can be a bone of contention between applicants and local planning authorities. Opposing views can risk planning consents being held up, or third parties challenging consents for failure to properly secure essential mitigation. So who, then, should sign planning agreements?

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Advertisement consent – five rules for retailers

Published on 26 July 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A summary of advertisement control for retailers in England, including deemed consent provisions, applications, standard conditions and discontinuance orders.

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