Over the recent weeks, my time has been occupied by preparing for an appeal hearing following the refusal to give prior approval on an office to residential conversion.
This has been an interesting process, preparing evidence for our case and liaising with the Council to agree our Statement of Common Ground. We have also been discussing with the barrister how best to approach this, which has been a valuable insight into our case and the overall process.
Last month, we had barristers from 39 Essex Street present a CPD session with us on Assets of Community Value and Neighbourhood Planning. This was an interesting seminar which gave a great insight into the way in which ACV works and various effects and pitfalls to be aware of. Whilst a lot of my projects are located within Central London, I have recently been working on a number of projects in rural areas where neighbourhood planning has been more prominent, so this CPD session was very useful to me in this regard.
Last week, a team of 23 Monty's runners took part in the LandAid Summer Run, a 10km race around Regents Park. There was lots of friendly competition both internally and externally and it was a great turnout with over 750 runners from across the property sector running in the summer heat to raise money for charity. To read the full story and to watch the video can be viewed here