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.
John is a Partner and Head of the Planning Team, specialising in compulsory purchase, planning, environmental law and regeneration. Before joining Ashfords he worked both in house with two local authorities and for a City law firm. He has been a partner with Ashfords since 1997.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
"Batty" permitted development rights coming home to roost?
Gareth Pinwell outlines the interaction of the habitats directive and recently announced changes to permitted development.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Listed Buildings - Lifting the Burden?
Gareth Pinwell, partner in Ashfords Planning Team, discusses the proposed reforms to the listed building consent regime.Read more
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.Read more
Real Estate Development
Our Real Estate Team’s years of experience has meant that we understand the challenges presented by the ever-changing development market. We offer a comprehensive legal service to private and public sector clients, accompanying you from site assembly, strategy and planning through to sale.Read more
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.Read more
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.