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BLOG ARCHIVE - March 2012

National Planning Policy Framework Finally Published

28th March 2012, by

Yesterday's publication and immediate implementation of the long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has to be welcomed. It sweeps away the byzantine edifice or prevailing planning guidance in favour of just 49 pages of 'broad brush' guidance to local planning...

Categories: Planning



National Planning Policy Framework to be Published

23rd March 2012, by

Despite assurances made only last week that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) would be issued alongside the Budget, it did not in fact appear and, we will now have to wait until Tuesday to see it. 

The comments made by George Osborne in his speech in...

Categories: Planning



The Changing Face of Agency

22nd March 2012, by

The decision by Hammerson to review its agency instructions puts an interesting slant on how it intends to manage its shopping centre portfolio in the future. Despite claims of improving efficiency and performance, the principle determinants are more likely to revolve around the current challenging market place and jobs.

Land Securities took the option of "rationalizing" their agency instructions three years ago so Hammerson's actions could be argued to be late in the day. Land Sec's approach was to improve the management of its service providers when it was felt that there were too many to handle. The external perception has been a culling of agents and reliance on a couple of principle large agencies with some latitude to add others where necessary.

Another consideration is the size of the in-house management teams which have grown significantly in the last 10 years. In the USA and some other parts of the world, the use of external agencies is reserved for certain brokerage activities otherwise the letting and day-to-day management is now handled in-house on strict corporate, procedural and branding arrangements.

Categories: Commentary



Planning Enforcement Orders

15th March 2012, by

Under the Localism Act new provisions for the enforcement of breaches of planning control will come into effect in England & Wales from 6 April 2012.  These give Local Planning Authorities (LPA's) powers to decline to determine retrospective planning applications...

Categories: Planning



Conflicts of Interest Guidance Note

1st March 2012, by


This is the first Guidance Note published by the RICS on the sensitive subject matter of Conflicts of Interest. It is primarily aimed at those involved in alternative dispute resolution but is likely...

Categories: Professional