Aug 05, 2020
Judge gives reasons for granting interim injunction prohibiting anti-HS2 protesters from overnight sleeping and other acts on council land next to construction site
A High Court judge has issued his reasons for last month granting Hillingdon Council a limited interim injunction preventing a number of named defendants and persons unknown from doing certain acts on land at Harefield Moor owned by the council and adjoining the site of construction works for part of the HS2 railway line.
Aug 04, 2020
A High Court judge has dismissed a bid by a landlord to have set aside an arbitrator’s award that favoured a council as tenant of a city centre property.
Jul 30, 2020
Two applicants have been told they cannot claim adverse possession of council-owned land which is not adjacent to their own.
Jul 27, 2020
District appoints City law firm to £700k contract for legal advice on commercial property acquisitions
Uttlesford District Council has appointed international law firm Hogan Lovells to act as its legal representative on the acquisition of a number of commercial properties.
Jul 21, 2020
Planning shake-up begins with laws allowing demolition of unused buildings for new homes, and homeowners to build two additional storeys
The Government has laid laws in Parliament today (21 July 2020) that will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes.
Jul 13, 2020
Local governance arrangements “not robust enough”, MPs claim in critical report into commercial property spending sprees
Local governance arrangements are not robust enough with some authorities’ commercial property investments not being properly transparent or subject to adequate scrutiny and challenge, an influential committee of MPs has warned.
Jul 06, 2020
Shopping centre site handed back to council unfinished following liquidation of redevelopment partnership
Nottingham City Council has been handed back control of the half-finished Broadmarsh shopping centre site after the collapse of retail landlord Intu into administration prompted the council’s joint venture with the company to be liquidated.
Jun 22, 2020
The Government has published a code of practice “to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jun 18, 2020
Court of Appeal refuses Valuation Office Agency permission to appeal ruling on rateable valuation of council-run museum
The Court of Appeal has refused to grant the Valuation Office Agency permission to appeal a ruling in favour of Exeter City Council over the rateable valuation of the city’s Grade II-listed Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM).
Jun 18, 2020
Social landlord fails in Upper Tribunal appeal over conditions for dispensing with normal consultation of tenants
Social landlord Aster Communities has lost an appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) over consulting lessees about works whose cost could be recovered through the service charge.
May 27, 2020
Treasury consults on lending terms for Public Works Loan Board as crackdown looms on commercial property investment by councils
The Treasury has this month launched a consultation on future lending terms for the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) and signalled its intention to crack down on 'debt-for-yield' commercial property investment by councils.
May 21, 2020
Planning inspectors should reconsider whether two lead urns that were placed on top of limestone piers at a historic house were ‘buildings’ or not, the Supreme Court has ruled.