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Simon Bennett, Director at Woods Hardwick explains how! Robbie Williams won an unlikely planning battle late last year with his next door neighbour Jimmy Page. The trouble was caused by Williams’s plans to construct a basement beneath his west London garden, and the episode has highlighted rising tensions about the increasingly ambitious — and disruptive — construction work beneath London properties.

We attended the Built Environment Networking’s inaugural Midlands Development Conference last week. With some great speakers, including Lord Bob Kerslake and Birmingham City Council CEO, Dawn Baxendale, our team from our Birmingham office came away excited about what the future holds.