Our Planning Team is at the forefront of developments in planning law to ensure pragmatism and efficiency of advice.  We work with developers and local planning authorities on contentious and non-contentious issues, along with third parties wishing to comment or object on development proposals.  The team includes several former local authority in-house solicitors, and so are well placed to advise all sides on how to achieve their objectives.

"War Horse" wind turbine proposal rejected after Inspector applies recent Court of Appeal guidance

The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed an appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a single wind turbine in Iddesleigh, Devon. The case hit the press after it was revealed that the turbine would be situated in the rural setting of bestselling novel "War Horse". Author Michael Morpurgo was one of numerous objectors to the proposed development.

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How the Growth and Infrastructure Act will affect affordable housing

The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 has introduced a new procedure to renegotiate affordable housing obligations in section 106 agreements, as discussed by Ashfords John Bosworth.

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Ashfords' partners present at the RTPI South West Planning Seminar

John Bosworth and Gareth Pinwell attended the South West RTPI seminar held at Taunton Cricket Ground. John and Gareth presented to 90+ delegates, consisting largely of local authority planning officers, on a range of topics relating to Development Control.

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Royal Academy for Deaf Education launch new building plans

Ashfords are co-sponsoring the launch of plans for the new Academy for Deaf Education. The event will take place at Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum with Andrew Rothwell and The Design Team representing the firm.

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Protecting your Land from Rights of Way Claims

Gareth Pinwell, partner in Ashfords Planning team, outlines the new procedure to make a declaration under s31(6) Highways Act 1980 to prevent rights of way claims arising due to use of land by unknown persons seeking to establish a public right of way.

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Tony Mason

Tony is a Partner in our Planning Team. He qualified in local government at the London Borough of Southwark. It was through his work in local government that Tony developed his skills in Planning, leading to overall responsibility for the legal planning function in two District Councils in Bristol and Somerset. In addition Tony deals with commercial property matters including, in particular, development work.

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Town and Village Greens - Protecting Your Interests

Gareth Pinwell, partner in Ashfords Planning Team, discusses the means open to land owners to prevent applications and subsequent registration of Town and Village Greens recently introduced in the Commons Act 2006.

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"Batty" permitted development rights coming home to roost?

Gareth Pinwell outlines the interaction of the habitats directive and recently announced changes to permitted development.

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Cherkley golf course development: Court of Appeal redefines meaning of "need" in planning cases

The Court of Appeal has set aside an order quashing planning permission for the development of a hotel and spa complex and an exclusive 18 hole golf course.

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Government announces plans to improve the NSIP regime

The Government has published its response to a consultation reviewing the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project ("NSIP") regime. The consultation followed significant changes made last year, which extended the regime to cover certain business and commercial projects.

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Affordable Housing Policy - Good from afar, far from good?

The Government's official line is aiming to address the need for more affordable housing. However, the consequences of its planning initiatives seem to be largely undermining its provision. John Bosworth, partner and Head of the Planning Team explains why.

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Judicial Review - Planning for the Future?

Gareth Pinwell reviews the changes to Judicial Review which the Ministry of Justice has been consulting. The MOJ wants to introduce more certainty once a development decision is taken, which should be welcomed by planners, land owners and developers but there are a number of significant hurdles to this.

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Those in the construction and engineering industries can feel secure in our team’s extensive knowledge and experience. Projects, Commercial Property, Public Law, Corporate and Banking Departments supplement the team, comprised of specialist Construction Lawyers and Engineering Solicitors.

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Listed Buildings - Lifting the Burden?

Gareth Pinwell, partner in Ashfords Planning Team, discusses the proposed reforms to the listed building consent regime.

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Graham Cridland

Graham began his career with Ashfords before leaving to spend ten years working in Local Government, most notably for Exeter City Council. The desire to work in the private sector took him to Clarke Willmott and Michelmores before returning to Ashfords as a Planning Partner twenty years after leaving.

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The team's years of experience mean that we understand the challenges presented by the ever-changing real estate development market. We offer a comprehensive legal service to both private and public sector clients, dealing with everything from site assembly, strategy, planning and construction, through to sale.

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Removal of Town and Village Green Designations

Gareth Pinwell, a partner in Ashfords' Planning Team, reviews a recent judgement of the Supreme Court where village green designations were removed from the register some years after they were originally registered.

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I enjoy the mix of politics and law that you get from working in planning law, and the real need to understand where the other side are coming from in order to achieve your client's objectives.

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