Commercial Property Development - 2021 Virtual Conference
Chaired by Bob McGeady, this live online conference will examine a range of important and topical issues in commercial property development.
Each session will provide opportunity for questions and answers.
This live and interactive 5-hour conference will cover the following:
10:00am-11:00am: Easements & Development: Help or Hindrance?
Whether acting for a home owner developing their garden, a small-scale builder or a major developer easements can both help and hinder the development potential and profitability of a possible development site.
This practical session looks at:
- Drainage rights - and excessive user: Bernel v Canal & River Trust
- Using rights of way for new uses of land: Mills v Estate of Partridge; Thomson v Bee
- Avoiding unexpected rights: Wood v Waddington
- Stopping development: where are we now with rights of light?
11:10am-12:10pm: Joint Ventures in Development Projects
Joint ventures are frequently used in development projects, either between landowner(s) and developer or between a number of developers who are carrying out a development together.
This session will focus on:
- The issues that need to be considered when forming a joint venture in the context of a development project
- The different structures available when forming a joint venture, including contractual joint ventures, partnerships, joint venture companies and others
- The advantages and disadvantages of each structure, including tax, the possibility of a collective investment scheme arising, liability, risk and reward, confidentiality and ability to borrow
- Lessons learned from recent cases
12:10pm-1:10pm: Compulsory Purchase for Commercial Property
Compulsory purchase is being used more and more by local authorities and developers with the support of council planning departments. This trend is set to grow with greater commitment to infrastructure and growing pressures for post-Covid redevelopment of commercial areas to suit new ways of working and shopping.
This session will provide an outline of what happens and when in compulsory purchase with a special emphasis on what the commercial property owner or occupier should be doing, and when, to protect their interests as far as possible. It is vital that any occupier or owner faced with the compulsory purchase of their assets takes the right steps as soon as possible. This session will tell you how.
Break for lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm: Planning Law Update
Bob will look at the major changes in planning in the last 12 months concentrating on those issues that affect how land is developed together with consideration of any pending proposals by Government to change the planning system.
3:15pm-4:15pm: Side-stepping Restrictive Covenants
There are many areas of land ripe for development which have restrictive covenants registered against them which on the face of it would prevent redevelopment. Restrictive covenants preventing land from being used for anything other than residential use are particularly problematic for commercial developments. However, the difficulties presented by restrictive covenants can often be overcome or circumvented.
This session will consider ways in which developers can seek to argue that covenants are no longer enforceable or have lapsed, and ways in which covenants can be discharged or modified.
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.