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planning

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With a new Conservative government elected in 2015, the planning reform continues. Concerns about productivity have put the planning system under further scrutiny whilst, at the same time, public sector cost-cutting is eating into the capacity of Local Planning Authorities to deliver; creating a climate of conflict as the Courts continue to be part of the battleground between different interests. All of this continues to be overshadowed by European environmental law. Our long-established planning team continually monitors the changes coming through the planning system and provides up-to-date advice to help you meet your objectives.

what we do...

  • Our clients - over 150 public sector clients, including government agencies, local authorities, health and education services, plus registered social landlords, private developers, luxury goods, food and drink and value retailers.

  • Specialists in planning law - consultancy, site promotion, applications, appeals, s106 planning obligations, community infrastructure levy agreements, judicial review and challenges, enforcement and compulsory purchase.

  • More than planning - environmental specialists and experts in development, construction, property acquisition and disposal, property disputes, highways, compulsory purchase, regeneration.

  • More than planning - environmental specialists and experts in development, construction, property acquisition and disposal, property disputes, highways, compulsory purchase, regeneration.

  • Nine dedicated lawyers and one qualified chartered planner– members and legal associates of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Community-focused - working with community representatives and undertaking pro-bono planning aid work.

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On 9 July the Land Registry published draft guidance setting out the basis on which it will accept for registration transfers (and certain other deeds) that have been signed electronically.

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COVID-19 for local authorities, arms length bodies and government - 6th May 2020

An update on current issues including managing the business failure of a key contractor, litigating and working with the court system and planning.

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Legal updates

Welcome Land Registry change of practice on executing deeds

In view of the difficulties of arranging for deeds to be printed and distributed in the current climate the Land Registry announced on 1 May that certain deeds signed using the Mercury signing approach will be accepted by the Land Registry for registration purposes.

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