Top Tips for First Time Buyers

When buying a house as a first time buyer, it can be an overwhelming, stressful and costly experience. We have outlined some of the key things to consider when you...


Maximising The Value Of Undeveloped Land

Lots of undeveloped land and property owners do not realise that they could actually be sitting on a goldmine! You will have all noticed the rapidly increasing number of new...


Tenants: Things to Consider When Taking a Lease for Business Purposes

You could be taking your first Lease for business purposes or moving your business location. Either way, taking a Lease is a huge legal commitment. If you are looking to...


Consultation Of Pre-Commencement Conditions

On 30th January 2018, the Government published a consultation on improving the use of planning conditions and the draft regulations. The consultation ran until 27th February 2018. The draft regulations...


House Of Commons Briefing Paper – Implementation Of The Housing & Planning Act 2016

On 19th February 2018, the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper, providing an overview of progress made to implement the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016...


The Sky Is The Limit?

In the White Paper ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’  published back in February 2017, there were indications of policy support for higher density development. On 4th February 2018, the Secretary...


A Reminder – The Importance of Giving Reasons in Planning Decisions

R (OAO Steer) v Shepway District Council [2018] EWHC 238 (Admin) On 16th February 2018, Mrs Justice Lang sitting in the Planning Court handed down judgment in the case of...


Lessons To Be Learnt From Collapse Of Carillion

In the wake of the collapse of Carillion, many sub-contractors will be feeling uneasy about the widespread implications of main contractors not paying for work done or becoming insolvent. Here...


Objectively Assessed Need For Housing – Court Of Appeal Dismisses Developer’s Planning Challenge

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the High Court against a statutory planning challenge made by developer Jelsons Limited. The developer alleged that the Secretary of State’s...


Housebuilders Lose Written Ministerial Statement Challenge

The High Court has dismissed a claim brought by a consortium of 25 developers to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision to issue a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) and amend...


First Time Buyer Relief From Stamp Duty Land Tax

From 22nd November 2017, qualifying first time buyers will no longer be required to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on property purchases in England and Wales. This will be welcome...


Standardised Methodology for Assessing Housing Need – Consultation Published

The Government has today published the long awaited consultation on the proposed standardised methodology for assessing housing need and other proposals set out in the Housing White Paper (February 2017)....