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)....


Judicial Review – Time is of the Essence

A site in the green belt, and within an area of outstanding natural beauty, which was further protected by a long established local development policy, was not sufficiently protected to...


High Court Gives a Colourful Planning Decision – Council Wrong to Issue Section 215 Notice Against Red & White Striped Property

The High Court has handed down judgment in favour of a landowner who painted the exterior of her Kensington townhouse in red and white stripes in the case of Lisle-Mainwaring...


Housing Appeal Dismissed Due to Recent Neighbourhood Plan Policy Protection

In a recent appeal decision, the development of five detached homes in Marden Herefordshire, in an area without a five year housing land supply, has been rejected on the basis...


Top Tips on Selling Your Home

The process of selling and moving home is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Preparation is key to ensure that you obtain the best price for your property and that...


Fracking in the East Midlands

A drilling company has approached the landowners of Sherwood Forest for permission to carry out seismic surveys which will determine whether the site has the potential to be fracked. Hundreds...


It Is Possible to Buy Land Without a Written Contract

The Court of Appeal has found that an oral agreement to buy and sell land was enforceable in the case of Matchmove Ltd [2016] v (1) Dowding and (2) Church...


‘Normal Measure of Damages’ and Increase in Properties’ Market Value

For people buying a new build home from a property developer or house builder, the situation can arise where they discover the house is riddled with defects that the seller is...