The Practical Lawyer


Injunction – ‘persons unknown’

The courts have become increasingly willing to grant injunctions to cover anticipated trespass (typically involving illegal raves, fly tipping, or Travellers).
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Permitted development – commencement

In recent years, permitted development rights have been extended by the government in ways that could not have been envisaged a decade ago.

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Village green – mixed-use

The phrase ‘town and village green’ (TVG) conjures up an image of rural or suburban green land. But, that is misleading – the TVG legislation can cover industrial sites.

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Overage – planning problem

A recent case involved an overage agreement, with the developer buying an office building to change into residential use (using the permitted development planning rights).

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Overage – successor in title?

When drafting an overage agreement, how do you ensure that it binds successors in title?

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Restrictive covenant – ‘substantial’ benefit?

Is a £65,000 benefit ‘substantial’ when considering whether a restrictive covenant should be modified?

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Branded residence – loss of brand?

Expensive developments are often marketed under a ‘brand’ name (eg Harrods, a high-profile consumer name, or a top-end hotel brand).

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ACV – sale timetable

A summary of the asset of community value moratorium on sale.

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ACV – listing process timetable

A summary of the asset of community value listing process.

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Development – protected species

What happens if a developer finds a protected species on the development land? There are numerous wildlife protection Acts that might apply.

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