Development & House Building
The challenges you face as a developer or house builder are many and varied. Development land is increasingly scarce and the focus is on regeneration sites rather than greenfield sites. In short, developments are becoming more complex and getting the green light is more difficult than ever. To help you achieve your commercial objectives in this climate, you need a strong legal team by your side.
We have a multi-disciplinary team that includes property lawyers as well as planning, construction and environmental experts. It means that whether you’re a land owner, commercial developer, public authority or bank, we can help you by finding innovative solutions to the problems you face.
We can support you in all or any of the following:
- Site acquisition and assembly
- Advice on planning strategy
- Development agreements
- Collaboration and joint venture agreements
- Forward funding and forward sale agreements
- Pre-let agreements
- Advice on funding
- Building contracts, professional appointments and supporting documentation
- Negotiating planning and infrastructure agreements
- Construction procurement advice
- SDLT and tax advice
We have particular expertise in:
- Waterside developments
- Residential and mixed use developments
- Developments for the care sector
- Retail developments
Developers should be aware of the impact of knowingly breaching restrictive covenants after a strong message sent by the Court of Appeal. A recent decision could result in 13 units of social housing being torn down after they were constructed on land on which building was prohibited.
Associate of the LA Real Estate conveyancing team, Sarah Brown, discusses the impacts of the forthcoming changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax due on 1 March 2019.
Lester Aldridge has helped Monzo Bank to secure the lease of new central London headquarters at Finsbury Square.
Lester Aldridge is pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners into the Real Estate Group: Claire Egerton, Erika Willmott and Stephanie Adams.
It can’t have escaped your notice that Theresa May recently announced the publication and consultation in respect of a revised National Planning Policy Framework. However, at the same time, the Government has also published a separate consultation on its proposals for change to the developer contribution system.
Lester Aldridge has successfully advised Meggitt PLC on the UK property aspects of Meggitt’s recent deal with QinetiQ Group PLC.
One of the recurring themes in the government’s approach to reforming the planning system is seeking to get developers on-site far more quickly – both by speeding up the planning process and removing barriers starting on-site once planning permission has been granted.
Lester Aldridge is pleased to announce that two newly qualified solicitors, Sian Rowland and Jackie Rushton, and a new associate solicitor, Emily Harvey, have joined the Southampton Real Estate team.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will shortly become mandatory for residential properties let by private landlords (subject to some exceptions).
As of Friday, both the national threshold for affordable housing provision generated by smaller-scale developments and the vacant building credit have been quashed.
The parochial church council has the right to collect money from owners of land which have a chancel repair liability in order to pay for the repair of the parish church chancel.