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Property Development

A Practical Guide, 4th edition
Gavin Le Chat
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Property Development explains all the issues arising from property development work and will guide lawyers, developers and landowners through the many pitfalls commonly encountered in practice.

This new fourth edition has been comprehensively updated to include:

  • references to new legislation, planning guidance and statutory instruments, including the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022, the revised National Planning Policy Framework published in 2021 and the Community Infrastructure (Amendment) Regulations 2019
  • references to new cases, including cases concerning easements benefitting the owners of timeshare apartments, interference with a right of way, breach of restrictive covenants and the use of a right of way to gain access to land not forming part of the dominant tenement
  • important changes to the Electronic Communications Code
  • important changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy regime
  • commentary on the proposed new Infrastructure Levy.

The chapters on investigating title, planning and obtaining vacant possession have also been substantially revised and expanded.

This practical guide features updated checklists, example model clauses, contracts and precedent deeds and transfers, included along with bonus material as a companion resource.


Part I: Site acquisition  1 Preliminary investigations   2 Investigating title: adverse matters   3 Access   4 Drainage and other services   5 Planning   6 Contaminated land issues   7 Miscellaneous issues   8 Obtaining vacant possession   PART II: Transaction structures  9 Conditional contracts   10 Option agreements   11 Pre-emption agreements   12 Overage agreements   13 Land promotion agreements   14 Collaboration agreements between developers   15 Collaboration agreements between landowners and land pool trusts: achieving equalisation and avoiding double taxation   16 Mixed use developments   Appendices  A Checklists   B Enquiries and report   C Transfers and deeds   D Model clauses   E Contracts and agreements. 

About the Author

Gavin Le Chat is a retired solicitor who was a partner with Shoosmiths LLP. He has over 35 years’ experience, specialising in residential development and strategic land work, and advising land promoters, developers and landowners.

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Property and conveyancing


January 2024


The Law Society




Paperback + CD
608 Pages