The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated that there is great resilience and innovation in the housing sector across Greater Manchester, it has also brought shortfalls and other priorities sharply into foc
Working with housing clients throughout the UK, we assist with the delivery of property transactions and development projects.
Our property and construction experts will use their knowledge and experience to support you and your organisation with your housing needs. Our integrated team advises on a range of specialisms, including construction, procurement, development, sales, acquisitions, housing management and securitisation.
Our collaborative way of working, drawing on the skills of an ‘all-round’ property team, enables us to have a wider perspective of solutions that will meet the needs of your organisation in any transaction. The team’s shared experiences can highlight new ideas and innovative working practices.
Recognising the expertise of our real estate team, Chambers states that we "have strength and depth" and "are experienced people with a practical approach".
Our experience in property regeneration and development projects in the social housing sector
We have built a wealth of knowledge and experience from and set precedents for working with housing associations, commercial developers and local authorities across the country. We can utilise this to benefit you by saving time and money.
We understand different local authorities' section 106 agreements and have experience of establishing 'agreed form' development agreements between developers and housing associations, or recognised forms of contracts for portfolio sales.
Our experience of advising on delivery vehicles for property development activities (including outright sale, market rent and mixed tenure schemes) is vast. Working closely with our specialist corporate and governance teams we have an in-depth understanding of the Homes and Communities Agency, charities, procurement and corporate funding issues involved in this.
Many of our clients are considering joint ventures to pool resource and expertise to deliver new homes, to capitalise on existing land holdings and to increase income. We can advise you on all types of joint ventures, including a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), collaboration agreements and contractual joint ventures with other Registered Providers, commercial developers and investors.
We'd be happy to talk to you regarding property regeneration and development projects. Please contact us for further information.
Provisions within the Housing and Planning Act that remove the need for housing associations (“HAs”) to obtain consent from the Regulator to dispose of social housing (as well as to merge or enter new group structures) come into force on 6 April.
Such freedoms will allow HAs greater flexibility over how they use their assets and, potentially, how they structure their businesses. Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles. Read the outcome of their discussion here.
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Last week, the NHF published its final version of its new Code of Governance and made some important changes from the previous draft that will impact on those housing associations looking to adopt it.
Delayed since Spring 2020 as the Government tackled the Covid-19 crisis, Tuesday 17 November saw the publication of the Social Housing White Paper, setting out the future regulation of the sector
As the UK’s social housing sector recovers from the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, now is the time to focus on the challenges that may emerge next.
There is no universal approach to regenerating town centres. However, housing must be considered a key part of any regeneration project – providing well-needed new homes and economic growth.
Alongside the Building Safety Bill published in July 2020, the Fire Safety Bill is a key step in the Government’s strategy to improve building and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
Although the Government is providing funding to landlords to reimburse costs for replacement cladding works, charging for other fire safety works has raised a number of questions for landlords
During the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the focus has been on shoring up existing delivery and, where possible, extending arrangements if it is not possible to re-procure.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
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