Welcome to this week’s edition of our Planning, Environment and Property newsletter. We hope that you all enjoyed the fabulous weather over the Bank Holiday weekend, at least to the extent that current circumstances allowed.
In this edition, Richard Harwood QC considers how Covid-19 might impact upon Planning Enforcement and, in particular, the effect of interruptions on the ability to establish lawful use or breach of condition by the passage of time; Stephen Tromans QC highlights the recently published non-statutory guidance on prioritising waste collection services during the pandemic; David Sawtell provides his insight into the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, commercial leases and Covid-19; and James Burton takes a fresh look at the Heathrow Third Runway case in the Court of Appeal.
We are also still running our free “Quarantine Queries” initiative, which was launched successfully a fortnight ago as a means of assisting solicitors, planning consultants, architects and surveyors who are now working in isolation. Our established team of silks, senior juniors and juniors will be available for a 15 minute timeslot throughout the day to take any legal query you may have, which is time we would ordinarily spend travelling to and from court hearings/planning inquiries. Should you have a COVID-19 related question or any planning, environmental or property query you would like to discuss, but do not have your colleague to ask at the coffee machine, please contact Andy Poyser or Elliott Hurrell to book a slot (contact details here).