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Is Late Living Coming of Age?

Retirement living is a hot topic it seems. Not just with those eagerly looking forward to life after the daily grind of earning an honest living, but also increasingly amongst developers, operators and investors as the sector is seen as a valuable business opportunity that has significant potential for growth.

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With great power comes great responsibility: assessing the product liability risks of electric vehicles

The previously slow meander towards electrification of the automotive industry has appeared to accelerate greatly in the last year, with recent news stories suggesting that electric and hybrid vehicles (known collectively as Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles, or ULEVs) will gain a far greater share of the automotive market in the coming years.

Last summer, the governments of Europe appeared to be falling over one another to make promises to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, with the Scottish and Westminster governments undertaking to do so by 2032 and 2040 respectively.

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Fundamental Differences to Housebuilding North and South of the Border

There are many important and practical differences between the Scottish system and that operating south of the border when it comes to residential development and the sale of new build houses. We have highlighted the main differences below:

Land Tenure

Land tenure is different in England.

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Section 75 Agreements - Pay the Council's Legal Costs or Else...!

Bricks

Many Councils now routinely expect applicants to reimburse legal costs they incur in preparing Section 75 agreements – this includes the costs incurred by the Council to its external solicitors, as well as its own internal legal costs. 

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What the frack? When is a ban a ban?

Bricks

It appears I spoke too soon in my October 2017 blog on the announcement by the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy that the Scottish Government’s moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development (“UOGD”) (usually referred to as ‘fracking’) which was imposed in 2015 would be extended into a permanent ban.

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Grenfell: One year on, where are we now?

The anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the 30th anniversary of Piper Alpha sadly fall close together. Against the backdrop of both milestone dates the formal inquiry into Grenfell has been running and tragic evidence heard from survivors, with painful echoes of disasters of the past, including Piper.

Dame Judith Hackitt, tasked with reporting on and making recommendations following Grenfell also drew powerful similarities between the Grenfell and Piper Alpha tragedies in an interim report. HerRead more

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Powering ahead: Reflections on Onshore Wind Week 2018

Last week was Onshore Wind Week 2018, and the positive messages coming from the Scottish Renewables onshore wind conference, as well as the BVGA Associates “The Power of Onshore Wind” report (commissioned by ScottishPower Renewables, Statkraft, Innogy and Vattenfall) are as encouraging for the onshore wind sector as have been heard for some time.

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Changing, Challenging, Collaborating

At the recent Annual Homes for Scotland Lunch and Awards, of which we were once again proud main sponsors, Ken Gillespie, the new Chair of Homes for Scotland highlighted the success and progress of the housebuilding industry in providing high quality homes and the role those homes have in supporting families, jobs and the health, wellbeing and education of the population.

Building and selling homes should be simple, shouldn’t it? The demand for quality homes is there. In theory, that should be half the battle. However, there is much more to the process than first meets the eye.

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Debate On Planning Bill

Yesterday, I attended the Scottish Parliament’s Stage 1 debate on the Planning (Scotland) Bill.  This follows completion of the first Committee stage (see our latest blog here). 

During the debate a few themes became apparent.  There is still widespread concern among MSPs about the existing appeal system, which is seen as being too favourable to developers.  The planning minister, Kevin Stewart, confirmed the Scottish Government’s position that third party (or equal)

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Planning Bill Update

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has published its report on the Planning (Scotland) Bill today. 

The Planning (Scotland) Bill was published by the Scottish Government in December 2017 and set out proposals for fairly significant changes to the planning system (for more details, see here).  In the months following the publication of the Bill, the Committee gathered evidence from the public, planning authorities and developers on

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