- The Administrative Court and Planning Courts have provided new guidance for use during the COVID outbreak. They are making use of a new document upload centre for bundles too large to be submitted by email.
- The Natural Environment Research Council is launching a hackathon to find solutions to COVID related problems.
- In the property and insolvency world, the new Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill 2019-2021 has been published.
- On the Rating front, Alan Colston, the Chief Valuer of the Valuation Office Agency has issued new guidance on submitting a Check leading to a Challenge in relation to seeking a reduction in rateable value on the basis of a COVID-19 MCC (Material Change of Circumstance):
“Through recent engagement with representatives of the rating professional bodies we agreed to provide some further guidance on the submissions of Checks where there is the intention to submit one or more Challenges on different grounds.
It is possible to make a proposal (Challenge) or multiple proposals following a single Check, regardless of the reason selected at the time the original Check was made.
A Check does not need to state the reason for making it, but it is helpful for the VOA if this is provided to enable us to be able to identify the nature of Checks made.
Where you intend to submit a Check leading to a Challenge in relation to proposed COVID-19 MCC’s:
- Please identify if either ‘update property details to reflect a change’ [internal MCC] or ‘a change in the local area’ [external MCC], as appropriate, is used.
- In most cases of proposed COVID-19 related MCCs it is likely that ‘a changein the local area’ is the main reason, so this should be the option selected.
- It is possible to make a proposal (Challenge) on the grounds of either/both internal or external MCCs following a single Check, regardless of the reason selected at the time the Check was made. Therefore, it is not necessary to submit multiple Checks.
- There are different time periods after making a Check confirmation for making internal [4 months] or external [16 months] MCC proposals (Challenges). The time period is determined by the grounds of the proposal, not the reason given for the Check.”
Issue Authors: Jenny Wigley, Nick Grant, Alex Shattock.