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  • Category: Opinions August 06, 2020

    Zoning the Planning System


    The prime minister, in his “build build build” speech of 30 June, has indicated a radical overhaul of the planning system, with the objective of ensuring speed, national infrastructure delivery and further deregulation to stimulate economic growth. The perception is that the planning system is...

  • Category: News July 21, 2020

    Martha Grekos appointed to the Thames Estuary Growth Board


    Martha Grekos has been appointed by the Thames Estuary to their Growth Board. 

    The Government-backed Thames Estuary is the UK’s number one growth opportunity. Full details of how the Growth Board, led by Envoy, Kate Willard, will drive forward...

  • Category: Opinions July 10, 2020

    Plan, Plan, Plan to Build, Build, Build


    This week Boris Johnson promised us the biggest planning system shake-up since the Second World War to help kick-start the economy. The announcement is still thin on detail, and a planning policy paper on this is expected later on this month. However, the radical...

  • Category: Opinions June 25, 2020

    Further Reforms: The Business and Planning Bill


    Reforms have been proposed in The Business and Planning Bill which was introduced to the House of Commons on 25 June 2020. The planning reforms proposed in this Bill are in Part III.

    The Bill provides that the permission extension...

  • Category: Opinions June 12, 2020

    Bias in Planning?


    Bias in planning has again been highlighted, but this time in a spectacular fashion that has caused a bit of a stir not just in the world of planning, but now on a national political platform too.

    The Secretary of State for Housing had granted planning permission for the Westferry...

  • Category: Opinions June 06, 2020

    Good Planning For Good Health


    The link between good planning and good health is unequivocal. The quality of the built and natural environment has a significant impact on health and wellbeing.

    Considering the health implications of a particular development is not new to the planning world. The Town and Country Planning...

  • Category: Opinions May 20, 2020

    Is housing need becoming the political force to shift a...


    The retention of the Green Belt continues to be a huge issue for councils and communities across the country, as it is an issue that councillors face regularly on the doorsteps of their electorate. Combine that with the UK crisis of housing supply and a call to release some of the green belt for...

  • Category: Opinions May 20, 2020

    Book Review: Faith in The City of London


    This is a very beautiful photographic book. Niki artistically captures the vibrancy and diversity of faiths in the City of London through a collection of photographs of over 200 visits to most of the City’s places of worship.

    The mention of “Faith in the City of London” conjures up images...

  • Category: Webinars May 14, 2020

    Moving London out of Lockdown


    Martha Grekos, along with Stephen Hammond MP, Councillor Peter John OBE and Joanna Rowelle of Arup, was part of a webinar panel organised by Cratus discussing how to move London out of lockdown. Issues focused on whether development can jump start the London economy and if so, what do councils...

  • Category: Podcast May 13, 2020

    What works and what doesn't in a complex UK residential...


    Martha Grekos, along with Richard Bowser, a veteran investor and editor of Property Investor News, which is one of the leading magazines for landlords across the country, provided advice for investors in their respective fields for how they can adapt to the current environment to best sidestep...

  • Category: Opinions April 23, 2020

    How are local authorities holding their meetings during...


    In early April, regulations were drawn up to change the time, frequency and location of all local authorities planning meetings so as to allow for local governance to become virtual. Across London, there have been differing responses. Some councils, such as the Royal Borough of Kensington and...

  • Category: Opinions April 12, 2020

    Planning and Coronavirus – all change?


    Introduction

    The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the planning system has had to adapt quickly to meet the demands of the ‘new normal”. So what have been the immediate implications for the planning system and what are the potentially longer term changes that may need to...

  • Category: Webinars April 01, 2020

    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) London CPD...


    Martha Grekos gave her first virtual seminar conference as a speaker from her study at home to over 150 participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was with RICS, who for the first time ever put on the whole London CPD virtually. 

    The day event was extremely well executed by...

  • Category: Opinions March 31, 2020

    Talking ‘bout Regeneration


    Gentrification is a divisive and tainted term. It was coined by UCL academic Ruth Glass in 1964 while studying the movement of people in Islington. In her work London: Aspects of Change she described how the social character of many urban areas of London has changed, as the original working...

  • Category: Opinions March 26, 2020

    Thoughts on Policy Exchange’s Report on ‘Rethinking the...


    An interview by Marie-Gabrielle Williams. Stephen Morgan, barrister at Landmark Chambers, and Martha Grekos, barrister at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy, discuss Policy Exchange’s report on ‘Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century’ (the Report). They consider how likely it is that...

  • Category: Opinions March 23, 2020

    The Draft London Plan – where are we at?


    It was Friday 13th and it was indeed unlucky for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The Mayor received a letter from the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, ordering him not to publish the London Plan in its current state, directing that a series of modifications need to be made to the draft London...

  • Category: Opinions March 12, 2020

    What is the scope of section 73 applications to vary...


    Can you use a section 73 application to vary a planning consent when the changes to conditions you are seeking also entail a change to the description of development on the previous permission?

    The answer, according to the Court of Appeal ruling in Finney v Welsh...

  • Category: News March 10, 2020

    Martha Grekos voted as a Women of Influence 2020


    Who are the women working in and around planning who are having an impact - both on individual planners, teams and organisations; and on planning policy and practice? The Planner has listed its Women of Influence for 2020. Every year for International Women's Day, the Planner publishes a list of...

  • Category: Opinions February 27, 2020

    Is this the end of the Airports National Policy Statement?


    Introduction

    Background

    The Court of Appeal was required to consider whether the Divisional Court was wrong to conclude that the Government’s policy in favour of the development of a third runway at Heathrow was produced lawfully.

    The policy is...

  • Category: News February 27, 2020

    Martha Grekos appointed as a judge for Property Awards 2020


    Martha Grekos has been appointed as one of the panel members to judge the Property Awards 2020. The Property Awards, a Property Week event, are the UK’s leading and most prestigious annual awards dedicated to the full spectrum of the commercial property industry. In 2020, the Property Awards...

  • Category: News February 17, 2020

    Martha Grekos Appointed on the Mayor of London’s...


    The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out plans to boost diversity in London’s infrastructure sector, as a new report commissioned by City Hall revealed women, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, disabled and LGBTQ Londoners are significantly under-represented in...

  • Category: Opinions January 30, 2020

    What an Appeal Court judgment means for site deliverability


    A recent Court of Appeal ruling on housing land supply highlights the fact that local authorities enjoy some latitude in exercising their planning judgment on whether a site can be considered to be 'deliverable', say legal experts.

    Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of a...

  • Category: News January 23, 2020

    International Women’s Day and The Next 100 Years Project


    The Next 100 Years is a project from the team behind the First 100 Years  dedicated to achieving equality for women in law.

     Over the next decade, they want to accelerate the pace of change by encouraging collaboration across the profession, improving the visibility of women in...

  • Category: Opinions January 02, 2020

    Legal landscape: London must review its green belt policy


    The draft London Plan’s examination in public raised awkward questions about its blanket ban on green belt development.

    Following the public examination of the draft London Plan in 2019, the inspectors reached an “inescapable conclusion”: if London’s development needs are to be met, then...

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