Industry insights, updates and blogs from our expert team of surveyors

Gateley Hamer expands presence with three hires

Specialist property consultancy, Gateley Hamer, part of law-led professional services group Gateley, has expanded its team with the appointments of Head of Infrastructure Development, Ian Cunliffe, Associate Claire Jones and Graduate Surveyor Sam Dobney. Ian joins from compulsory purchase and compensation specialists, Ardent Management, where he was a Director and managed a large portfolio of […]

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Row of Pylons in the English countryside

Don’t let diversions go over your head

When a developer or land owner considers seeking the diversion of an overhead electricity line their preference is generally for the line to be undergrounded, out of sight.  However, electricity companies have a duty to seek the most economic solution to a diversion and in the majority of cases an overhead solution is considerably cheaper. […]

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Compulsory purchase: A threat and an opportunity for housebuilders

Compulsory purchase: A threat and an opportunity for housebuilders

Threat Sir Oliver Letwin is currently chairing an inquiry into land banking, which seems destined to find that ‘use it or lose it’ powers should be threatened against developers. Indeed, Birmingham City Council and other local authorities have already passed resolutions to implement compulsory purchase powers in this manner; although to date there have not […]

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What does 2018 have in store for the infrastructure and housing sectors?

This time last year our MD Jonathan Stott wrote an article looking at what 2017 held in store, including these forecasts which have since come to pass: 1 – The hybrid Bill for HS2 Phase 1 would finally achieve Royal Assent (and construction would begin); 2 – The Neighbourhood Planning Bill would be enacted; 3 – […]

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Don’t Way-leave it until the last minute

I am often asked by developer clients, ‘what is a wayleave?’. Commonly land owners and developers will come across this term when dealing with utilities that cross their land. Essentially a wayleave is a personal licence between two parties where the grantor provides rights for the grantee to access their land in order to carry […]

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Is an easement the end of the line?

When landowners and developers establish that there is an easement in place for utilities on their land, their initial assumption is often that the beneficiary of that easement has the right to do whatever they have proposed. However, this is not always the case. Far too often we see landowners agreeing to allow utilities companies […]

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Building for the Future: Getting the basics right

At a recent event hosted by Insider Media West Midlands, two panels explored property development and large infrastructure projects in the West Midlands from both public and private sector perspectives. Our Managing Director Jon Stott sat on the private sector panel, representing Gateley Hamer and the real estate advisory services offered by the Gateley Group […]

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The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017: Second commencement regulations

The second commencement regulations relating to the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 were published last Thursday, bringing various provisions of the Act in to force on Friday 22 September. The provisions brought in to force are: Section 26(8)(b) – A consequential amendment to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to take account of the fact that […]

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HS2 North route

The cost of HS2 could well rise beyond current predictions due to a “property inertia” on the northern section of the route which is set to cost millions more than needed. Land and property holders in the major cities affected by the second half of HS2 have signalled their willingness to sell their assets to […]

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Latest video: a minority government’s impact on housing and infrastructure…

Edward Jones, our Head of Easements & Wayleaves, gives his views on what the Conservative minority government’s policy might look like in terms of UK housing and infrastructure and his thoughts on the appointment of Alok Sharma for Minister of State for Housing and Planning. For further developments on housing and infrastructure, subscribe below:

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