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Promotion Agreements: Definitive Guide

Promotion Agreements: Definitive Guide

Introduction When land is ripe for redevelopment there are various options open to a landowner as to how to maximise return on the property. But which is best? The low-cost option could be for the landowner to obtain planning itself and appoint a builder to build out. However, the landowner may not have the necessary… Read more »

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Quality of seasonal migrant workers’ accommodation vital in attracting and retaining labour

Quality of seasonal migrant workers’ accommodation vital in attracting and retaining labour

The UK’s agriculture, horticulture, dairy and meat processing sectors are heavily dependent on seasonal migrant workers but are finding it increasingly difficult to source and retain their services. Changes in the exchange rate, improving unemployment rates elsewhere and increased competition from labour providers in other EU countries are some of the many reasons why UK… Read more »

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Overage agreement triggers

Overage agreement triggers

Overage agreements, option agreements and conditional planning agreements often provide that obligations are conditional on the grant of planning. The trigger to the relevant step or payment will often be the grant of planning free of onerous planning conditions (i.e. focusing solely on the planning permission and related planning agreements). The recent Court of Appeal… Read more »

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The danger of not taking restrictive covenants seriously

The danger of not taking restrictive covenants seriously

In our blog posted in January 2017 we reported on the decision of the Upper Tribunal regarding an application to modify restrictive covenants which prohibited land being used for any purpose other than the parking of vehicles. The Upper Tribunal concluded public interest outweighed all other factors and it wouldn’t be sensible to allow the… Read more »

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Planning consultancy advice around former bank or building society buildings

Planning consultancy advice around former bank or building society buildings

My previous blog on this subject set out some of the important considerations to consider if contemplating planning applications involving former bank or building society buildings. With the continued changes to the face of our high streets, as I saw interestingly illustrated in the Bank of England’s Future Forum’s post ‘How the British High Street has… Read more »

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Government consults on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

Government consults on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

For those of you who might not have seen it, The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a consultation on changes to the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 March 2019 and relates to England only. Full details can be found here…. Read more »

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World Town Planning Day Post Autumn Budget Planning Review

World Town Planning Day Post Autumn Budget Planning Review

Introduction Today is World Town Planning Day and with it a very important opportunity for me to be able to take stock and reflect in this end of year Post Autumn Budget Planning Review on the many areas of positive collaboration I have experienced taking place between stakeholders over the past 24 months which have… Read more »

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Autumn Budget 2018 – Housing, Infrastructure  and Planning update

Autumn Budget 2018 – Housing, Infrastructure and Planning update

If you require any current or future planning consultancy or planning legal support following yesterday’s 2018 Budget, please email peter.kershaw@parissmith.co.uk in the first instance. The Paris Smith Planning Team noted the following key points from yesterday’s Budget which may be of interest to stakeholders. The Government are to consult on how modernisation of the Use… Read more »

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Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government comments on revised NPPF

Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government comments on revised NPPF

The Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government’s comments regarding the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and its associated supplementary material can be found below. If you require any support with planning/political monitoring, planning consultancy, planning legal or public engagement, please email the Paris Smith Planning Team. Housing 24 July 2018 (Hansard) Volume… Read more »

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Other planning updates revealed

Other planning updates revealed

As well as the publication of the Revised NPPF, the following planning updates have also been revealed by the Government: Housing Delivery Test Measurement Rule Book Housing and economic development needs assessments Viability To see the full range of planning services we offer please visit the planning consultancy and legal advice page on our website…. Read more »

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NEWSFLASH : Revised National Planning Policy Framework published

NEWSFLASH : Revised National Planning Policy Framework published

The Government has published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  If you require any current or future planning consultancy or planning legal assistance, please email the Paris Smith planning team, initially to me.

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Planning Permissions in Principle

Planning Permissions in Principle

Shortcut or “white elephant” ? On 1st June 2018, a new way of obtaining planning permission came into force. Applications for Permissions in Principle (PiP) can now be submitted to Local Authorities in England. (See Article 5T of the Town and Country Planning (Planning Permission in Principle) Order 2017). As the name suggests, a PiP… Read more »

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National Planning Policy Framework Draft Revisions Revealed

National Planning Policy Framework Draft Revisions Revealed

Paris Smith LLP’s experienced Planning Team have been closely monitoring a number of major Government announcements this week in relation to planning and housing delivery. For a one-to-one meeting with the team to discuss the robustness of your future planning consultancy, planning law and public consultation strategies in the context of these proposed reforms and… Read more »

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Planning policy issues around golf course redevelopment (Part 2)

Planning policy issues around golf course redevelopment (Part 2)

(The Paris Smith LLP Planning Consultancy Team : Janet May, Peter Kershaw, Ruth Harding, Joshua Lambert, Richard Plume) As discussed in Part 1 variable factors and influences are leading to the closure of golf courses across Britain for alternative uses or their diversification to ensure they remain viable in the current and foreseeable economic landscape…. Read more »

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Golf Course Redevelopment or Diversification Planning (Part 1)

Golf Course Redevelopment or Diversification Planning (Part 1)

(The Paris Smith LLP Planning Consultancy Team : Janet May, Peter Kershaw, Ruth Harding, Joshua Lambert, Richard Plume) Golf clubs all over Britain, many dating back over a century, are closing at an alarming rate. Changing social and economic trends have led to reduced participation and memberships levels at some clubs – with some golf… Read more »

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Planning consultancy advice around former bank or building society buildings

Planning consultancy advice around former bank or building society buildings

Due to the changing nature of the way we bank, banks and building societies are necessarily reviewing and rationalising their property assets to adapt to their customers’ needs. As a result, many bank branches are closing – often resulting in attractive buildings in sustainable locations becoming available. This is increasingly opening up finite development and/or… Read more »

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The Pre Autumn Budget Planning Review – an invitation to collaborate

The Pre Autumn Budget Planning Review – an invitation to collaborate

Introduction It is a huge honour for me to be able to reflect in this end of year Pre Autumn Budget Planning Review on the many areas of positive collaboration I have witnessed taking place between stakeholders over the past 18 months to promote excellence and innovation in planning, placemaking and regeneration. It may be… Read more »

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Paris Smith – Legal Excellence

Paris Smith – Legal Excellence

I am delighted to announce that we passed a rigorous Lexcel assessment in October with ‘flying colours’ and therefore have retained our Lexcel accreditation for another year. During her visit the Assessor, Kate Baker, was particularly impressed with the firm’s high standards and the level of commitment of everyone in the firm. Lexcel stands for… Read more »

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Planning for energy storage

Planning for energy storage

The majority of the following article recently appeared in the Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal and is aimed at helping landowners to better understand energy storage and the potential development opportunities emerging in relation to placing energy storage facilities on their land. Local Authorities, Hospitals, Universities, Charities, Businesses and Farms are just some of the… Read more »

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Peaking Power Plants

Peaking Power Plants

In this blog I outline some of the key considerations for landowners and farmers who are looking to place themselves on standby to feed into emerging opportunities in peak energy generation. Peaking Power Plants’, aka ‘Peaker Plants’ or ‘Peakers’ relate to an increasingly sought after type of energy power plant which generally only runs when… Read more »

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Planning for development on current or former public sector land

Planning for development on current or former public sector land

In this blog, I further explore the points I made in my previous published article in the Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, in relation to planning opportunities on current or former public sector land. Independent estimates indicate that the public sector may hold around c.40% of all developable sites in the UK and around c.27%… Read more »

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Planning for energy storage and distribution

Planning for energy storage and distribution

In this blog I outline some of the key considerations for landowners and farmers who are looking to place themselves on standby to feed in to emerging new opportunities in energy storage and distribution. This is a blog which I first published in part last year, but which has gained ever growing momentum in recent… Read more »

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Opening doors? Planning in the future

Opening doors? Planning in the future

In this Blog, the contents of which were firstly partly published in the Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, I explore the previous Government’s consultations around increasing housing supply and improving planning in the future; and I analyse some of the impacts this may have on stakeholders’ interests in the future. What is the ‘Housing crisis’… Read more »

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University and Local Authority Property Portfolio Planning

University and Local Authority Property Portfolio Planning

In this blog, the contents of which first appeared in the Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, I outline my growing concern that Universities and Local Authorities are placing their long-term strategic missions at risk by not involving Planning and Planning Law experts at the outset of their property projects.</h2 University and Local Authority Property Portfolio… Read more »

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Planning for Elderly and Disabled Housing

Planning for Elderly and Disabled Housing

Houses shape us. In this Blog, the contents of which first appeared in the Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, I emphasise the growing need for Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Universities, Developers and the NHS to carefully consider whether their investment plans can more effectively help address the current and future housing needs of the disabled… Read more »

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Housing the Workforce

Housing the Workforce

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Where the heart is

Where the heart is

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Be Ever Ready

Be Ever Ready

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Paris Smith marches in with The Saints

Paris Smith marches in with The Saints

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Successful regeneration lifts lives

Successful regeneration lifts lives

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Opening doors, renewing hope

Opening doors, renewing hope

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Power to the People

Power to the People

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