The relocation plans of two European agencies, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority from London to Amsterdam and Paris respectively, following Brexit, have been widely publicised. Political and economic consequences aside, the move may also have far-reaching legal consequences.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government commissioned a report to make recommendations on the future regulatory system covering high rise and complex buildings. In her final report (‘Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report’), published in May 2018, Dame Hackitt called for major reform and a change of culture, making clear that the current system is not fit for purpose.
The sun’s out and I’ve been drinking in the London skyline (a few G&Ts) from my favourite roof top bar above the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye. If I squint hard enough I can see my own rooftop from there and I’m sure there’s great potential for another rooftop bar on top of my building. This got me thinking (out loud to the dismay of my friends) about who has the rights to develop roof space. After all, space is at a premium, so perhaps the only way is up.