Bevan Brittan LLP has been appointed as preferred external legal partner to the Royal Borough of Greenwich to help deliver its aim of building more new council homes.
The Royal Borough has stated that it wishes to establish Greenwich as “one of the national and regional leaders in the delivery of social rented, genuinely affordable council housing”.
The authority’s corporate plan includes proposals to “radically increase the pace and quantum of housing delivery in the Borough” by building new 750 council homes – linking with the Mayor of London’s ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme.
Following a tender process, Bevan Brittan has been appointed to carry out all legal work relating to the housing delivery proposals.
This is likely to include property development, construction and build contracts, planning, procurement, conveyancing, state aid, corporate governance/vires, advice on relevant taxes, compulsory purchase orders and Right to Buy.
Bevan Brittan Head of Property Mark Calverley said:
“We are pleased that we will be supporting the Royal Borough of Greenwich in its plan to take a primary role in directly delivering new council homes. Bevan Brittan multi disciplinary teams will be providing a range of advice to ensure that the housing programme is backed by the necessary capacity, legal expertise and finance.”
The appointment is expected to be for a minimum of two years.