Professional Analysis

Heathrow

Legal challenge aims to ground Heathrow's expansion plans

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High Court hears case claiming third runway decision breaches legal obligations to combat climate change

Canvey Island

Pressure builds on MHCLG to break the local plan deadlock

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Government looks set to force Castle Point Council to adopt local plan following series of threats to intervene

Frames of houses being built

Housing Solutions case puts legal covenants in spotlight

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Landlord bids to overthrow ruling that development on land donated to cancer charity broke legal agreement

Business meeting

New committee raises hopes for business rates reform

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Wide-ranging remit may include digital services tax and changes to controversial ‘check, challenge, appeal’ process

Blocks of flats

Consultation addresses failure of right to manage legislation

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Law Commission investigates landlord attempts to stop leaseholders managing their own properties.

Brexit EU and UK boxes

Industry concerns mount over high staff turnover in MHCLG

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Report reveals staff churn in the department hit 24% in 2018, citing issues such as poor progression and Brexit

Flats

Proposed rent controls could stymie London’s BTR market

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Sadiq Khan’s rent control policy announcement is met with mixed response from fledgling sector

Planning

Why have so many councils failed to submit local plans?

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Only a handful of councils have rushed to submit local plans before tougher requirements come into force

HMRC

VOA tried to rehire senior staff who it encouraged to leave

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The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) tried to rehire senior members of staff it had encouraged to leave through voluntary redundancies, Property Week can reveal.

GL Hearn planning forum-1

How to improve the planning system: GL Hearn forum

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GL Hearn’s latest annual planning survey identified the key sticking points in the planning process and the practical steps that can be taken to overcome them. A panel of developers and planning authorities discussed the findings and explored best practice guidelines.

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