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Brownfield land site

Jury is out on whether brownfield land register will deliver much-needed homes

It’s a potential boon for developers - but one that has attracted very little attention. By the end of the year, every planning authority in England will have to publish a brownfield land register (BLR) recording previously developed sites that are considered suitable for redevelopment.

Sir Terry Farrell

A true masterplanner: Sir Terry Farrell discusses a Gold Medal-winning career

Last month, it was announced that Sir Terry Farrell CBE had been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI’s) Gold Medal in recognition of his “outstanding achievements as one of the world’s most influential architects, planners and urban designers”.

Sexist pay gap

Gender pay gap reporting: getting it right

The government’s new gender pay reporting regulations have been well publicised and are an issue the property industry is well aware of, considering the well-known disparity of pay between the sexes.

What investors want

Regional cities need to market themselves better in order to attract investment

With London currently accounting for just over half of commercial property investment in Britain, cities across the north, the Midlands and Wales must step up efforts to attract a greater share of the private sector investment crucial for driving economic growth.

Blenheim Retirement Living, Chobham, Surrey

Planning authorities are failing to prioritise housing for older people in their local plans

Developers have long complained that a major barrier to the delivery of more retirement living schemes to meet the needs of an ageing population is the planning system.

Plants in an office

Office wellbeing is no passing fad so take the long view

For many people, discussion of workplace trends or the future of the office turns their minds to Google another tech giant and trendy, open-plan floors with bean bags, table tennis and fake grass.

Yasmine Lunn

Next generation steps forward as Women in Property student awards shortlist is announced

Now in its 11th year, the Women in Property National Student Awards are open to second-year - or third-year in Scotland - female students that are studying on a built environment course.

BCO Conference Ken Shuttleworth

London is in rude health – but its commercial centre of gravity is shifting

Given that London played host to this year’s British Council for Offices (BCO) conference, it was fitting that the capital was also the star of the show.


Cities should commercialise their assets to compensate for shortfall in funding

At the end of June, think tank Centre for Cities released its latest research report, ‘Delivering change: how city partnerships make the most of public assets’, in partnership with building consultancy Turner & Townsend.

Office worker training

Hunger for activity-based working remains far from satiated

Activity-based working (ABW) is increasingly synonymous with organisations that embrace the era of unprecedented business transformation. But my company’s research suggests it is not always delivering on its promise.

Property Case News

Exterior of The Cavendish Hotel

Protected business tenancies may not be so secure after all

In S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the High Court held that a landlord is entitled to refuse the grant of a protected business tenancy on redevelopment grounds even where the redevelopment is devised solely for the purpose of evicting the tenant and confers no other benefit on the landlord.

Legal consultation

Relying on section 49 LPA 1925 – can you be rock solid?

The payment of a deposit by a buyer to a seller under a contract for sale is a fundamental part of a transaction since it comprises the “consideration” that all first year law students learn is necessary – along with offer and acceptance – for the formation of a binding agreement between parties.

Legal consultation

Property tycoon facing £611m debts loses high court battle

A property tycoon facing debts of £611m has lost a High Court battle with creditors over an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) that would have seen creditors receive seven pence for every pound owed.

Julian Bisson

Preparation will help landlords avoid service charge pitfalls

Service charges have the potential to become a fairly contentious issue between landlords and tenants. Indeed, an intermediate landlord recently faced litigation over the reasonableness of the amounts claimed.

Cotton production

Court of Appeal shakes up contract law

A recent Court of Appeal judgment, MSC v Cottonex (2016), has clarified the law around repudiatory breaches of contracts, specifically the ability (or inability) of an innocent party to affirm a contract where a repudiatory breach has occurred.

Kate Nyakecho

The ‘vacant possession’ pitfall of ending a commercial lease

Commercial tenants with a ‘vacant possession’ break clause in their lease run the risk of nullifying the termination of the lease by failing to properly remove all their belongings from the premises - even down to internal walls and floor coverings - a recent ruling by the High Court has found.

More property case news

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