More Features and Opinion

  • Gavin Le Chat
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    Plan ahead

    2020-12-08T00:00:00Z

    In the final article in his series on the property development process, Gavin Le Chat looks at the planning process

  • Anna Russell-Knee
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    Unplanned events

    2020-12-08T00:00:00Z

    The government’s new planning white paper proposes significant changes to a planning system already changed by the pandemic. Anna Russell-Knee provides a personal perspective on the current planning system and the proposals

  • Right to light: House in shadow of towerblock
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    Let there be light

    2020-09-02T00:00:00Z

    As the government further loosens planning restrictions to aid economic recovery, David Manda provides a timely reminder on rights to light, and what developers can do to avoid costly litigation and potential changes to their developments

  • Planning obligations
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    Building blocks

    2020-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Anna Russell-Knee provides a beginner’s guide to section 106 obligations, including their purpose, what to consider when one appears on a local search, and the potential effects of the pandemic on these obligations

  • Listed property
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    The black list

    2020-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Making unauthorised changes to listed buildings or scheduled monuments can carry significant penalties, Beth Harries explains. How should you advise clients looking to buy a property which might be affected?

  • Watercourse - house by river
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    Clear water

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    If you are acting for a buyer of a property on a water course, do you know the rights they might have, and the liabilities that might arise? Richard Bagwell outlines the principles

  • Down to earth - houses in flood water, with japanese knotweed and an oil drum floating by
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    Down to earth

    2019-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Caroline May and Courtney Hassall provide a guide to common environmental issues which can affect property transactions, and offer tips for property lawyers to mitigate the risks

  • John Pearce
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    Onwards and upwards

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    The government is planning to introduce a new permitted development right for upwards extensions, as part of its plans to deliver new homes. John Pearce outlines the plans and what they might mean in practice

  • anna russell knee 140x96
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    Plan of action

    2019-03-12T11:08:00Z

    Last year, the government published a significantly revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework. Anna Russell-Knee outlines some of the changes, and how they will affect clients wishing to develop property now and in the future

  • Sue Highmore
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    The green stuff

    2019-03-12T11:06:00Z

    It is nearly a year since the minimum energy efficiency standard regime came into force. Sue Highmore reflects on its effect on residential clients – including the financial impact – and outlines changes coming into force on 1 April 2019

  • Richard Bagwell
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    Mending fences

    2019-03-12T10:48:00Z

    Newspapers are always full of stories of escalating disputes between neighbours. But nuisance doesn’t need to be about noise – as shown by a recent case on Japanese knotweed. Richard Bagwell provides a short guide to remedies for nuisance

  • Japanese knotweed
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    A knotty problem

    2018-09-05T00:00:00Z

    Japanese knotweed has been back in the news, following a high-profile Court of Appeal case. Michael Draper and Dan Eastwood provide a back to basics guide, including the options for land- and homeowners with Japanese knotweed on their property

  • anna russell knee 140x96
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    Forgive and forget

    2018-09-05T00:00:00Z

    Certificates of lawful development provide a way for property owners to prove the lawfulness of unauthorised development, after a certain period of time has passed. Anna Russell-Knee explains how they work in practice

  • warren gordon
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    The green light

    2018-07-26T16:47:00Z

    From April 2018, new regulations will make it significantly harder for landlords to rent property with an energy efficiency rating below ‘E’. Warren Gordon looks at the lease drafting implications, and potential exemptions from the new requirements

  • anna russell knee 140x96
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    Within reason

    2018-03-06T00:00:00Z

    Recent case law and regulations confirm that local planning authorities must give reasons for either granting planning permission or refusing to grant it. Anna Russell-Knee explains what this means for those wanting to challenge a planning decision

  • anna russell knee 140x96
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    The green light

    2017-09-08T15:48:00Z

    The government has recently introduced a number of amendments affecting permitted development rights. Anna Russell-Knee outlines the changes

  • houses on stilts in the sea
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    Above water

    2017-09-06T00:00:00Z

    Flood Re has been in force for over a year, but it isn’t a panacea: many properties are excluded, and premiums will continue to rise even for those included. Sue Highmore outlines when, how and what you should advise clients around flood risk

  • green lights house
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    Stormy weather

    2017-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Most property solicitors are not specialists in environmental law, but are increasingly finding that environmental issues impact on transactions. Andrew Wiseman outlines some of the most common environmental issues affecting property transactions

  • trees in a line
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    Hidden agenda

    2016-12-12T17:20:00Z

    Concealed development first made headlines in 2011, when Robert Fidler built a mansion and hid it behind a wall of hay bales. Anna Russell outlines the current law around permission for development, including where there is concealment or deception

  • bus being driven
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    Right away

    2016-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Matthew White examines the new power to override easements and other rights under section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016