Electronic Execution of Legal Documents by Local

Senior Associate, Deborah Down, and Trainee Solicitor, Anna Sidebottom, outline the options for continuing to execute documents where offices are closed or working with a skeleton staff. By law, all property transactions transferring an interest in land must be executed as a deed, while for contracts, a local authority’s Contract Standing Orders are likely to…

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Emergency development by a local authority or health service body in England: Second temporary relaxation of planning control for Coronavirus

Planning authorities and health service bodies are now able to carry out development in response to an emergency  under changes to permitted development rules brought into force on Thursday 9th April. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 (see this link) is the second such amendment to permitted development…

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COVID-19: Permitted development to go

Pubs and restaurants are now able to operate as hot food takeaways under changes to permitted development rules brought into force on 24 March 2020. The Town and Country Planning Act (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 follows a series of announcements by the Government to support businesses forced to close amid the current…

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Planning for the Future

Following the Budget 2020, Housing Secretary of State Robert Jenrick made a statement to the House of Commons on Planning for the Future, setting out the Government’s proposals for the future of the planning system. His statement confirmed the Government’s intention to release the so-called ‘Accelerated Planning’ White Paper in Spring 2020, which is promised…

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The Environment Bill – Planning Implications: The Biodiversity Net Gain Approach

On 26th February, the Environment Bill (‘the Bill’) had its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill, which sets out the future governance framework for environmental law once the UK leaves the EU, also sets out specific environmental improvement measures. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which would become the first ‘Environmental Improvement…

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