Our Planning Team is at the leading edge of developments in planning law to ensure pragmatism and efficiency of advice. The team includes several former local authority in-house lawyers, which means they are well placed to advise all sides of a planning issue in order to achieve objectives.
We work with developers and local planning authorities on a range of issues, along with third parties wishing to comment or object on development proposals including issues relating to compulsory purchase and compensation.
- Negotiation of planning applications and enforcement
- Environmental impact assessment
- Planning obligations/section 106 agreements
- Compulsory purchase
- Advising on the Community Infrastructure Levy
- Lawful development / use certificates (CLEUDs and CLOPUDs)
- Social housing
- Planning appeals and public inquiries
- Local development framework representations
- Judicial reviews and high court challenges
- Highways law
- Listed buildings and conservation law
- Commons, town and village greens
- Harbour Revision, Empowerment and Closure Orders
- Marine Licensing and Planning
- Assets of Community Value Nomination Representations and Listing Reviews
- Advising the local planning authority in connection with the redevelopment of the Empress State Building in Earls Court, including a section 106 agreement providing off site affordable housing, financial contributions and linking the proposal with the wider Earls Court redevelopment.
- Undertaking section 288 challenges for developer clients on sites in St Austell, Swindon and Wincanton in respect of both Inspector and Secretary of State decisions and advising a developer in Devon in respect of such a challenge brought by an environmental group.
- Negotiating, on behalf of a housebuilder client, a section 106 Agreement for 500 home site in Somerset with both District and County Councils including affordable housing and various infrastructure contributions.
- Advising a social housing company on their acquisition of new affordable housing units on a multi-developer site at Emerson's Green, Bristol. The site comprises a 99 hectare urban extension comprising employment, schools, housing, community facilities, transportation infrastructure, and open space. The matter included a the provision of a s106 Agreement that provides for provision of the amenities plus £33million of contributions.