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By Michael Bothamley
Considering the future landscapes of our cities
By Ben Daniels
The GC Collective collection offers insight and comment for General Counsels (GCs) and in-house legal teams.
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…
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…
By Christopher Stanwell
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…
DAC Beachcroft Senior Associate, Andrew Morgan, discusses what the changes could be to the legal planning regime in the UK in a post-Brexit world, in the next video in our series of Brexit Briefs.
Centre for Cities report "City Space Race: Balancing the need for homes and offices in our cities" captures the essence of competing dynamics in our city centres. Solutions lie in sophisticated, collaborative responses that recognise the different…
DAC Beachcroft Senior Associate, Andrew Morgan, discusses the changes to planning regulations from an environmental point of view, in the next video in our series of Brexit Briefs.
The Prime Minister's speech on Monday (5 March) clearly directed its aim at the national house-builders, who have been asked to 'do their duty' to deliver the homes we need and criticising any that have unscrupulously abused the viability assessment…
By Nicholas Taylor
While many of the opportunities for investment in smart cities are currently more venture focused, there is room for the more risk-averse to join the fray.
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…