Planning Inspectorate publishes Guidance

Following the introduction on 24 March 2020 of stricter measures by the government to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Planning Inspectorate has announced measures in response relating to all site visits, hearings, inquiries and events. The key message is that, from 25 March 2020, no site visits, hearings or inquiries will take place…

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The Coronavirus Act 2020: What does it mean for Local Authorities in England?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the “Act”) obtained Royal Assent on 25 March and introduces a number of temporary emergency measures to deal with a range of issues associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Government’s Explanatory Notes say that the Act aims to combat the virus by: Increasing the health and social care workforce; Easing…

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ONLINE PROPERTY AUCTIONS: CONTINUITY DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

The general impact of the coronavirus outbreak has had a clear and present effect on both commercial and residential property transactions. Government guidance on property purchases (as well as generic guidance vis-à-vis lockdown) has culminated in a countrywide halt on the majority of residential sales transactions. Although not as stagnated as the residential property market,…

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Guidance Notes for Construction Contracts – Procurement Policy Note 02/20

On 6 April 2020, the Cabinet Office published helpful guidance notes on the implementation of Procurement Policy Note 02/20 by contracting authorities in England in relation to existing works contracts. Options for Relief The guidance sets out a non-exhaustive list of different forms of relief that a contracting authority can agree with a supplier whose…

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COVID-19 and Telecommunications Infrastructure – Government Guidance

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published guidance for network operators to emphasise the importance of telecommunications infrastructure in England during the COVID-19 outbreak. The government has recognised the importance of the telecommunications sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. Telecommunications has been included as one of the critical sectors and telecommunications…

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Preparing for the release of the Planning White Paper

Despite COVID-19, currently there has been no update to the release schedule of the Planning White Paper due this spring. Assuming the release goes ahead, what changes will there be for local authorities and what will this mean for any future compulsory purchase orders (CPOs)? The government is planning to reform the compulsory purchase process…

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