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Our Development team have the resource and in-depth knowledge to provide cost effective solutions from complex high value transactions to volume property management, through the full cycle of a development, addressing both non-contentious and…
The aim of the new right is to support regeneration through the residential redevelopment of vacant and redundant buildings that no longer effectively serve their original purpose, support housing delivery and boost housing density.
The government considers that it requires a complete overhaul of the Use Classes Order to better reflect the diversity of uses found on high streets and in town centres and to provide the flexibility for businesses to adapt and diversify to meet…
As the UK adjusts to a new type of normal, the planning industry has acclimatised to COVID-19 measures introduced by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in mid-May 2020. These measures have generally, if not somewhat…
By Jennifer Glasgow
Just because one planning policy is out of date the tilted balance should not automatically apply.
By Christopher Stanwell
In the last 20 years the amount of people living in the private rented sector has more than doubled. This has created a demand for good quality rented accommodation and the introduction of Build to Rent “BTR” schemes across the UK.
By Andrew Morgan
The number of young adults living with their parents continues to grow; only 200,000 new homes were built last year against a target of 300,000; the pace of new build has not kept up with the number of planning permissions granted; older people want…
By Robert Lee
Two recent experiences re- focused my thoughts on the homes that will be built in the future – houses or apartments, rented or owned. The first was DAC Beachcroft’s involvement in judging some tech awards, which showcased some leading edge thinking…
Plans are in for a new co-living scheme for 180 in Birmingham near the Gun Quarter. If permission is granted it would join a small, but growing number of co-living developments. Manchester was the first in the regions with Echo Street and The…
Christopher Stanwell, Head of Planning at international law firm DAC Beachcroft, considers how the demands for space in the city centre can be managed.
While much attention has been paid to the technology inside autonomous vehicles (AVs), there has not been as much discussion on how they will interact with surrounding infrastructure. However, in a time when the automotive industry is asking itself…
Anne Harrison is a Legal Director (Barrister) in the Real Estate…
Karen is a planning and environment lawyer in our Bristol office…
Andrew specialises in all aspects of development consenting, with a…
Christopher is a Planning And Environmental Lawyer in our Fetter Lane…