n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
The rejuvenation of the Riverside Opportunity Area, formerly known as South Bank, will be one of Peterborough’s largest regeneration projects in two decades. Despite facing similar funding challenges to local authorities across the country, Peterborough City Council is pushing forwards with redevelopment plans by seeking a private sector joint venture partner to complete the project with.
The partnership, which should last for 20 years, could result in a mix of new residential, commercial and leisure developments at Riverside, as well as the expansion of existing green spaces within the area. It may also see the re-use of historic buildings and the creation of a new iconic bridge across the River Nene.
Anthony Collins Solicitors have been appointed to advise the Council on its procurement process to find a private sector partner, as well as preparing the legal framework for the joint venture and future developments.
Chris Plumley, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “The innovation and vision of Peterborough City Council proves that it is still possible to undertake major re-development despite a reduction in readily available funding. Riverside is set to be extremely important in stimulating growth across the City and we are very excited to be working alongside them on this landmark scheme.”
Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth, Strategic Planning, Economic Development, Business Engagement and Environmental Capital, said: “We want Riverside to become a thriving, high quality quarter, reconnecting this area into the city centre. We are striving to make Peterborough bigger and better – and this is a very important part of how the city will develop over the coming decades.”
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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