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  • 25 Feb
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    Government Reforms to S106 negotiations…helpful or a hindrance?

    This week the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published their consultation on Section 106 (S106) negotiations in response to the Autumn Statement 2014. This included a commitment to consult on measures to speed up the negotiation and agreement of S106 agreements as part of its commitment to delivering a faster and more effective planning system.

    Despite these reforms, we have some concerns over how these changes will work in practice and whether they will ultimately be a helpful way of speeding up the planning process or actually be a hindrance to developers in reaching a mutually beneficial position with the LPA. Let’s not forget what the aim is…to start development as soon as possible?

  • 30 Oct
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    Top 10 tips for preparing for an appeal inquiry

    The inquiry procedure is the most formal of the appeal procedures and is often used for the most complicated of appeals, and to allow thorough examination of witnesses. The formal procedure of inquires can make the process seem daunting, however, these simple tips can lead you through the process, from the preparation of supporting documents to appearing at inquiries as a witness.

    The earlier a barrister is instructed to assist with a planning appeal the better. The advice they provide can be invaluable to the preparation of documents and the preparation of evidence for the forthcoming inquiry. 

  • 30 Sep
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    Planning Obligations: Could your development be at risk of ‘double dipping’?

    Despite the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) planning obligations are still commonplace in the planning process. 

    Planning obligations can take the form of a Section 106 Agreement or Unilateral Undertaking.  They can be sought alongside CIL, where it is adopted, or on their own where CIL is not yet introduced. 

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