BT instructs Howard Jenkins

On behalf of BT, Telereal Trillium has appointed Howard Jenkins to act on the Company’s behalf in respect of a review of the ground rent payable on its Telephone Engineering Centre in Seacroft, Leeds.

The site extends to approximately 3.5 acres (1.42 hectares) and forms part of the industrial ground rent portfolio sold by Leeds City Council some years ago to Trinity College, Cambridge.

Permitted Development – A Relaxation of Planning Rules

The Government’s proposals include the opportunity for a change of use of office buildings to residential without the need for planning permission.

Ability to do this requires the office use to have commenced before 30 May 2013, and the residential use to have begun before 30 May 2016; prior approval of the local planning authority is also required in respect of transport & highways impact and contamination & flooding risks on the site.

There will also be flexibility in use of premises of upto 150 m² between Classes A1, A2, A3 and/or B1 (from a use within Classes A1-A5, B1, D1 and/or D2) for a single continuous period of up to two years, and an opportunity to change the use of agricultural buildings of up to 500 m² to Classes A1, A2, A3, B1, B8, C1 (hotel) and/or D2 (assembly & leisure).

The opportunities presented by these particular planning changes are not available in respect of Listed Buildings and/or scheduled monuments.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 is due to come into force on 30 May 2013, and amends The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended; these changes only apply to England and are subject to detailed conditions .

NLWA Receives Compensation

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has received compensation of over £1 Million for land required in widening the North Circular Road in London, negotiated on its behalf by Howard Jenkins.

Under the original Compulsory Purchase Order, Transport for London proposed compensation of £385,000 based on industrial land values. On behalf of NLWA, Howard Jenkins commissioned planning consultants to apply, successfully, to the London Borough of Enfield for the grant of a Section 17 Certificate confirming that planning permission would have been granted for retail development. As a result, Howard Jenkins was able to negotiate an improved payment of £1,155,000. Transfer of the land and payment of compensation has now been completed, although had been delayed due to legal problems in title.