We specialise in urban regeneration, from beginning to end, offering a complete legal service.
What we do
When the project is just an idea we suggest possible legal structures, advise on land ownership issues and planning possibilities.
As the project proceeds we get involved in the master plan, in securing planning and other consents, in setting up the most appropriate ownership structure - perhaps a joint venture, or a collaboration agreement, or a development agreement. We deal with the acquisition of land and any rights required, and development finance.
A team of construction lawyers advise on building contract documentation.
And finally we handle leasing and disposal.
Our clients include all in the regeneration process - developers, landowners, banks, local authorities and occupiers.
Why Cripps Harries Hall?
We see our role as being more than a legal one. Legal issues are pivotal to the success of a regeneration project, but so is active project management. As part of your team, we help to drive the project through, especially when there are obstacles and challenges to overcome.
For further information please contact Bill Mackie or Richard Stokes.
DCLG's decision to allow a change of use from office to residential without permission may have unforeseen local consequences
The DCLG's intention, announced in late January, to bring into force permitted development rights to allow a change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 residential without express planning permission has far-reaching implications for local development, and won't deal with the chronic housing shortage according to Cripps' planning and development partner, Jason Towell.
- Advising on the negotiation of a complex development agreement for the regeneration of a run down area in the West Midlands. The agreement had to be completed in a rush before midnight on budget day to avoid changes to taxation announced in the budget that day. The redevelopment has been undertaken in four phases and we have advised throughout
- Acting for a Kent local authority on a project to regenerate its town centre involving an architectural competition and competitive tender. The site assembly and negotiation were complicated by town and village green issues and the absence of title to some component parts of the scheme
- Acting for two housebuilders (one a plc and the other a major regional player) in the regeneration of a former mining village. This has involved the negotiation of a complex development agreement with the local authority, a substantial planning agreement and collaboration arrangements between the housebuilders
- Advising a developer in relation to the proposed regeneration of a 1960's housing estate in south east London owned by a housing association. The redevelopment involved phased construction works, the relocation of residents and significant community involvement
- Acting for a commercial developer involved in one of the largest regeneration/development projects London has seen. Our involvement is with the disposal of market units in the residential element in the scheme. We have advised on the structure of the legal documentation and its integration with the remainder of the scheme and developed a bespoke and ground breaking 'leasebook' product for the apartment sales