Failure to include some sites in emerging local planning documents could hold back development for years, according to planning consultants.
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Droga5 has agreed to prelet 11,300 sq ft on the top floor of the 130,000 sq ft building.
LREF 2017: James Murray has said the Greater London Authority will focus on supporting mid-market housing, build to rent, and affordable housing to boost housing supply.
This week saw all three main political parties release manifestos for the 8 June General Election. What’s in store for property?
Hayley Scott, part of Investec’s Structure Property Finance arm, explains to EG why the lender likes lending on the PRS.
A round-up of deals from around the country
HFF has hired Tom Brook and Andrew Laing as directors in its London office.
Barratt posts 20% profit hike and SocGen expands in St James’s
Pepe Jeans has agreed a deal for a new London flagship store on Regent Street, W1.
Rapleys buys Birmingham agency, new face at Native Land and alternative property on the rise
Building contract – Interim payment – Arbitration – Claimant contractor entering into sub-contract with defendant incorporating JCT Conditions of sub-contract – Defendant entering administration – Claimant terminating sub-contract – Defendant claiming sums due to it from claimant – Adjudicator making award in favour of defendant – Claimant appealing – Whether arbitrator erring in burden of proof – Whether arbitrator erring in rejecting claimant’s primary claim – Whether defendant being entitled to statutory interest – Appeal dismissed
Three deals have been confirmed at the Shard Arcade − the retail element of the Shard, SE1.
Savills has appointed Oliver Watt as director of the company’s cross border investment team.
A hedge fund has agreed to a rent of more than £90 per sq ft at British Land and Oxford Properties’ Leadenhall Building, EC3.
The Thackeray Estate has put two London sites worth a combined £10m up for sale.
FINANCE: Blackstone has closed its latest global real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII, at $15.8bn (£10bn).
A judge today rejected claims from two London councils that mayor Boris Johnson failed to secure enough affordable housing when he approved the major redevelopment of a Royal Mail site that straddles their boundary.
Compulsory purchase – Compensation – Acquiring authority making compulsory purchase order to facilitate acquisition of premises for purpose of redevelopment project – Negotiations taking place over payment of compensation – Claimant surrendering lease of shop to authority by returning keys in expectation of receiving compensation – Authority taking view that no compensation payable where lease surrendered – Whether terms of surrender preserving right to claim compensation – Whether legitimate expectation arising that compensation payable – Claim dismissed
Town and country planning
Change of use
Planning permission – Change of use – Cemetery – Second respondent and second appellant submitting rival planning applications for crematorium – Second appellant’s application also including creation of cemetery – Court quashing grant of planning permission to second appellant – Whether first appellant local planning authority misinterpreting paras 89 and 90 of National Planning Policy Framework – Appeal dismissed
In Welwyn Hatfield Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  UKSC 15;  PLSCS 97, the Supreme Court held that – as a matter of public policy and despite their apparent strictness – deception on the part of a landowner could disentitle him from relying upon the time limits set out in section 171B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (“the Act”) for taking enforcement action.
A developer, whose three sites are not included within the settlement boundary in the new Neighbourhood Plan for the Buckinghamshire town of Winslow, has failed in a judicial review challenge.
Statutory rules aimed at safeguarding residential tenants’ deposits came into force on 6 April 2007 in England and Wales. As a result, deposits paid by assured shorthold tenants must be protected with an approved scheme.
A challenge to the compulsory purchase order for the site of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s planned new stadium is set to be heard by the High Court in the New Year.
NRAM could be facing more than 40,000 claims for repayments worth around £250m, following a high court ruling in two test cases over additional loans offered to mortgage customers.
Blight notice – Compensation – Valuation – Acquiring authority adopting scheme for redevelopment of residential estate – Claimant owning leasehold interest in one-bedroom flat in block on estate – Claimant serving blight notice requiring acquiring authority to purchase his interest at unblighted open-market value – Assessment of open-market value – Whether values blighted by existence of scheme – Assessment of reasonable pre-reference surveyor’s fees – Claim determined accordingly
Trespass to land
Land – Trespass – Damages – Claimant seeking damages and injunction in respect of admitted trespass to land – Defendants accepting liability but resisting claim for injunction – Claimant applying for summary judgment – Whether claimant entitled to injunction – Whether damages being adequate remedy – Application granted
Luton says that Central Bedfordshire council failed in its duty to involve it properly in the planning process for the development
Manchester-based developer Property Alliance Group is to bring a multi-million pound claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland over Libor-rigging.
Town and country planning
Neighbourhood planning is back under judicial focus at the High Court, in a dispute over a local authority’s decision to submit a Neighbourhood Development Plan to a referendum.
The Supreme Court will decide next week whether the rule that service of a valid notice to quit by only one joint tenant is enough to terminate a joint secure tenancy is a breach of human rights. Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lord Toulson, and Lord Hodge are to decide […]
Mobile Homes Act 1983 – Protected residential site – Termination of licence – Respondent site owner serving notice on appellant occupier to remedy breach of licence agreement by antisocial behaviour – Such behaviour ceasing for three years before further incident occurring – Respondent obtaining order of court for termination of licence agreement in reliance on earlier notice pursuant to para 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 to 1983 Act – Whether breach capable of remedy – Whether remedied within reasonable time – Appeal allowed
Town and country planning
Town and country planning – Enforcement notice – Appeal – Local planning authority issuing enforcement notice in respect of conversion of single dwelling to five flats – Appellant’s planning inspector dismissing appeal against notice and rejecting property owner’s alternative scheme for three flats – Inspector’s decision overturned – Whether inspector having power to permit three-flat scheme by variation of enforcement notice on appeal under section 174(2)(f) – Whether inspector erring in failing to consider that option – Appeal allowed
AIB Group will learn next week the outcome of its Supreme Court appeal against a ruling rejecting its bid to recoup an entire £3.3m mortgage loan from solicitors who failed to obtain a first legal charge over the property concerned.
A parish council that hoped to keep an ancient school site in the Buckinghamshire village of Chalfont St Peter in use for education has failed again in its challenge to plans for its residential development.
Town and country planning
Town and country planning – Planning policy – Draft core strategy – Defendant local planning authority presenting draft core strategy for public examination – Inspector suspending examination – Statutory duty for local authorities to co-operate coming into force – Defendants deciding to adopt modified draft – Claimant applying to quash decision – Whether defendants having duty to co-operate – Whether core housing policies being tainted by apparent bias – Whether defendants failing to engage with claimant over deliverability of strategy – Application dismissed
Blackpool borough council has triumphed in a legal row over whether they can claim payment for “discretionary services” in the annual service charge due from lessees
Property – Declaration of trust – Authenticity – Appellant seeking to register title to land by adverse possession – Court refusing application and making final charging order – Permission to appeal being refused – Appellant appealing against decision of master enforcing final charging order by ordering a deferred sale of property – Whether court erring in placing burden of proof on appellant to establish authenticity of declaration of trust – Appeal allowed.
A tenant of a sale and leaseback scheme, who claims she was promised she could stay in her house for life but faces being forced to leave following test case rulings against her, has lost her final appeal at the Supreme Court.
An agent has issued a High Court claim to recover commission it says it is owed on the £105m sale of Old Spitalfields Market.
Capital gains tax
Capital gains tax – Relief – Apportionment – Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 – Sale of house and commercial land – House element of sale attracting relief from capital gains tax by virtue of section 222 of 1992 Act – Apportionment of sale price between house and commercial land under section 54(2) – Whether respondents erring by deducting existing use value of house from total sale price – Appeal allowed